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  • BLT Wraps with Avocado Spread
    BLT Wraps with Avocado Spread
  • Roasted Cauliflower and Potato Spinach Salad
    Roasted Cauliflower and Potato Spinach Salad
  • Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
    Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie


FAMILY FEATURES – If your goals for 2024 include a healthier lifestyle and added nutrition, your mission is likely to start with a refreshed menu. Add a few newfound favorites to this year’s rotation like wraps, salads and smoothies to power each day and propel yourself toward wellness success.

These easy-to-make, better-for-you recipes offer simple solutions to keep your goals on track without taking flavor off the table. Begin busy days with an energy boost from a Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie then tackle lunchtime cravings or make family dinner a cinch with BLT Wraps with Avocado Spread. For a hearty salad to pair with favorite meals or enjoy all on its own, this Roasted Cauliflower and Potato Spinach Salad is an ideal way to make 2024 your best year yet.

Visit to discover more nutritious solutions in the new year.



Servings: 4


8 slices bacon

1 avocado, peeled and pitted

1/4 cup sour cream

1 lime, juice only 

1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 flour tortillas

4 large red leaf lettuce leaves

2 large tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices

Spanish rice (optional)

Banana peppers (optional)


In large skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Drain on plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.

In medium bowl, mash avocado, sour cream, lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and salt with fork until combined and smooth.

Spread thin layer of avocado mixture over tortillas. Layer with lettuce leaves, tomatoes and bacon. Fold sides up and roll.

Serve with Spanish rice and banana peppers, if desired.



Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Servings: 4


• 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets 

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided

1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

1 pound fingerling potatoes, quartered

1 package (8 ounces) Fresh Express French Blue Cheese Salad Kit


Heat oven to 425 F.

In large bowl, toss cauliflower florets with 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon salt; mix well. Arrange in single layer on sheet pan.

Bake cauliflower 30-40 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until tender and lightly charred. Cool.

In bowl, toss potatoes with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with remaining Italian seasoning and salt; mix well. Arrange in single layer on sheet pan.

Bake potatoes 20 minutes until tender and lightly browned. Cool.

Place greens from salad kit in large bowl; add roasted vegetables. Drizzle with dressing from salad kit; mix well. Top with croutons and blue cheese from salad kit.




• 1/2 cup rolled oats

1 banana

14 frozen strawberries

1 cup soy milk

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


In blender, grind oats.

Add banana, strawberries, soy milk, sugar and vanilla extract then blend until smooth.

Pour into glass or to-go container and serve.

Ellis County Press

208 S Central St. 
Ferris, TX 75125