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In case you hadn’t noticed, I LOVE to travel. It fuels my heart fire to explore new places, experiencing new cultures, foods, people — it’s nourishment for my soul. 

It’s also tremendous fuel for my creative side, and I feel like we’ve launched the Beauty Detox Blogging Network (and these new recipe assignments!) at the perfect time, as I feel so creatively empowered to come up with new ideas and share with you while on this journey. 

Today I wanted to come up with a recipe to share that’s great for summer picnics, and in particular, the upcoming Fourth of July weekend for my Beauty Detoxers in the States! It’s hard to believe that one year ago, this weekend was not only a holiday but my bachelorette weekend with my bridesmaids. And now I’m married and things just seem out of man-made time…like we’ve been together forever. Do you ever get that feeling about time warps?

Anyways, as you may know, I’m super into sweet potatoes. They are low in fat, high in nutrients, easy to digest and are extremely beautifying and skin-brightening. I like them in summer as well, and served room temp in this packable salad, The Sweet Potato Beauty Detox Salad makes for an awesome, yummy and you guessed it…beauty detoxifying dish on the go!

Before We Go Into the Recipe…

I want to do what is now becoming customary each Wednesday and thank everyone who participated in our Beauty Detox Blogger Recipe Assignment last week, which was my Mellow Yellow Squash Dip. I was impressed and in awe of all the unique, brilliant ways you guys remixed this recipe and made it into your own. Bravo Beauty Detoxers!

Thank you also for linking to your post in the blog (and sending them to our community manager Katelyn at beautydetoxgirl@gmail); please note, I do my best to check out the recipe posts and answer all the comments — your enthusiasm is infectious and wonderful. 

Specifically, here’s just a taste of your fellow Beauty Detox girls whose recipes stood out… picking was hard as there were MANY great ones this week. Let’s give these girls and all who of you that participated a huge round of applause. Woo hoo!!! or Yamas (as they say in Greece)!!

A. marysmeatlessmeals.com – Mary Rosales: Mary, I love your idea to serve the dip in the pepper itself. I love natural containers. Brilliant!
B. lovelynaturally.com – Elizabeth Cazares: Elizabeth, beautiful, simple composition. I favor simplicity myself. 
C. lemonandginger.co.uk – Karen Manning: Karen, love the power purple!! Yummy looking. 
D. karinaguerra.net – Karina Guerra: Karina, it’s practically a Cirque du Soleil on the plate with your swirling colors. Love!

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The Beauty Detox Blogger Program is growing so fast, and I’m looking forward to sharing and supporting you all in amazing new ways. (Stay tuned for some important announcements later this week on that front!) 

If you haven’t joined yet, please click here to find out more about our blogger program. I know it may seem hard or time consuming, but in reality, it’s actually fun, rewarding and can be done in an hour or two each week. Don’t we all have an extra hour or two for something if it’s important? I think so! And so if you decide you want to participate, get your free training from Foodblogger.org and then start doing the assignments each week. It’s that simple! We’ll be doing our first webinar very soon, and as part of the network you’ll get to be part of these fun events as well. :) 

Of course, always be sure to post on social with #beautydetoxrecipe and link back to the original content/recipe here so we can find you and to be part of the network! And then be sure to follow the guidelines in this graphic as well:

Beauty Detox Mixup Guidelines1

Now for this week’s assignment… 

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Instead of dairy-based sour cream, egg and other ingredients that are common (and clogging!) in other potato salads, we can achieve that sort of texture from the combination of the Dijon mustard, avocado and nutritional yeast. I ran out of celery this morning as I used the last stalks in my GGS, but cucumber works really well also. The little bit of olive oil (which we always use judiciously!), helps balance the acidity of the mustard.

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DSC09978Sweet Potato Beauty Detox Salad

Serves 3-4

2 large or 3 smaller sweet potatoes

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

2/3 cup ripe avocado

1 minced garlic clove

1/3 cup diced celery (or cucumber, if you’ve run out of celery, like me today!)

2 Tbs. minced purple onion

2 Tbs. nutritional yeast

2 tsp. olive oil

High quality sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Peel and cut potatoes into 1-inch cubes and place in a single layer in a steamer try. Steam for about 15-18 minutes, or until tender. Set to the side to cool.

In the meantime, add the Dijon mustard into a large mixing bowl, and mash the avocado into it. Stir in the minced garlic, celery, purple onion and nutritional yeast and olive oil in a bowl.

Toss the sweet potatoes into the mixing bowl with the sauce, and mix to coat well. Season with the salt and pepper to your liking.

 Enjoy with a large green salad!

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Action Steps

Now, let’s wrap this up and take action. Here’s what to do now:

1) Think of a creative way to make your own version of this dish. Feel free to experiment in the kitchen and take pictures as you go. Once you think the recipe is ready for prime time, simply post the instructions, ingredients and pics on your blog and share it — while linking back to this post. 

2) Be sure to put your recipe post into the Private Facebook group and/or on our main Facebook page, so that we and others can see it. We are going to get more active in sharing your recipes with others in the community, so this is a great chance for some additional exposure! 

3) Email the link to Katelyn, our community manager, at beautydetoxgirl (@) gmail dot com with a link to your post so she can keep track.

4) Share your post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — and be sure to hashtag #beautydetoxrecipe so that others can find it.

And as they say, that’s all folks!

I truly can’t wait to see what kinds of recipes you come up with, and am blessed that we’re all working together toward positive change — beginning right from within this community. 

Talk soon! Have a great Fourth!

Love, 

Kimberly 

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