Friday, May 24, 2019

Eat GOOD, Eat HEALTHY This Memorial Weekend

Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks understand how tempting it can be to eat a bunch of fried food slathered in grease on holiday weekends, but the reality is you don't have to do that to have something delicious and satisfying. Our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics have a goal of leading the way to healthier communities and we are here to give you a couple of healthy recipes we found online to enjoy this Memorial weekend. To keep your health in check, you should consider having your annual checkup done, if you haven't already, call COMC for your next appointment. Our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at


Steak Kebabs


1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp Dijon
1 tbsp garlic
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 3/4 lbs sirloin steak (look for thicker steaks), cut into 1 1/4 inch pieces
8 oz button or cremini mushrooms , halved (unless they're really small, keep those whole)
2 - 3 bell peppers , cut into 1 1/4-inch pieces
1 large red onion diced into chunks (about 1 1/4-inch)
1 Tbsp olive oil , plus more for brushing grill grates
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
10 wooden skewer sticks soaked in water for at least 30 minutes


For the marinade:

In a mixing bowl whisk together all marinade ingredients.

For the kebabs:

Place steak into a gallon size resealable bag. Pour marinade over steak then seal bag while pressing out excess air and massage marinade over steak. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to marinate 3 - 6 hours.

Preheat a grill over medium-high heat to about 425 degrees (partway through preheating clean grill grates if they aren't already clean). With veggies on cutting board, drizzle with oil and lightly toss to coat (I actually don't toss the onion because I like it to stay in chunks, when you thread the onion on layer in chunks about 2 - 3 slices so they don't burn up). Sprinkle veggies evenly with garlic powder and season with salt and pepper. To assemble kebabs layer steak and veggies onto kebabs in desired order, work to fit 4 steak pieces onto each kebab. Brush grill grates lightly with oil. Place kebabs on grill and grill until center of steak registers about 140 - 145 degrees for medium doneness, turning kebabs occasionally, about 8 - 9 minutes. Let rest for a few minutes then serve warm.

Recipe source: Cooking Classy


Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa


 1 cup fresh blueberries
 1 cup diced strawberries
 1 cup diced jicama
 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper stemmed and seeded
 Juice of 1 large lime
 Salt to taste
 Tortilla chips for serving


In a medium bowl, combine blueberries, strawberries, jicama, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno, and lime juice. Stir until well combined. Season with salt, to taste. Serve with tortilla chips at room temperature or chilled.

Note-this salsa is also great with grilled fish or chicken. It is best eaten the day it is made.

We hope you take some time this Memorial Weekend to remember those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for this country and the freedoms we enjoy. Central Ozarks Medical Center hopes you enjoyed reading this blog and hearing about healthier options for the holiday weekend. Remember to schedule your annual health check-up, call on one of our health clinics in Mid-Missouri listed below.

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