Memorial Day Favorites 2011

by Marla on May 28, 2011 · 54 comments

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Light and healthy appetizer, lunch or dinner recipe

Can you guys believe Memorial Day, the kick off to Summer is upon us? With a long three day weekend ahead people will head outdoors to BBQ’s, potluck parties and all kinds of get togethers. I hope you are planning on spending time with loved ones and friends. I am currently in Telluride, CO attending the Mountain Film Festival. I am looking forward to sharing this life changing, inspiring event with you.

Since you probably want to spend more time playing than in the kitchen I am sharing recipes that require quick trips to the market and simple preparation. Dig in and enjoy!

DRINKS

We all need a little something to sip while hanging out in the sunshine. How about some homemade Skinny Citrus Soda to start? A sugar-free, eco friendly alternative to the store bought stuff.

Homemade soda with citrus, stevia and fizzy water

For action packed afternoons cool off with a healthy Homemade Frappuccino. A sweet slushy treat made with only instant coffee, ice, a splash of milk, water and stevia.

Starbucks style coffee frappuccino

APPETIZERS

Here are a few appetizers that can be prepared ahead of time. The Grilled Cheese Bruschetta pictured at the top of this post is always a favorite!

Sundried Tomato Hummus with Crispy Chips is super quick, easy and delish! Vegan too….

Sun-dried Tomato Hummus Recipe

While you have that big bowl of chips out, how about Strawberry, Roasted Corn, Avocado Salsa? A sweet meets savory dip.

Fruit salsa recipe with strawberry, avocado, red onion, jalapeño, roasted corn and feta cheese.

A fun hand held goodie that I recently published is Mixed Berry Goat Cheese Mini-Pizzas. Make them the size I did for snacks or 1/3 the size for smaller bite-sized appetizer portions. They are very addictive so beware.

Mixed Berries and Goat Cheese Pizza on Family Fresh Cooking blog SALADS

A great big green salad is always a welcomed addition to meals whether entertaining or not. Don’t add the dressing until you are ready to serve. Better yet, put out a few dressings and let guests add their own if desired. It is always nice to have a tasty fruity olive oil and some freshly squeezed lemon juice handy.

This Raspberry Goat Cheese Salad was a huge hit last year at my friends beach side potluck celebration.

Potluck salad for entertaining and BBQ's

A giant Greek Salad is always great too.

Big greek salads for picnics, parties and BBQ's

GRILLING

Finally we can scrape off the grills and head outside to grill up favorites. Don’t limit yourself to meats, poultry and seafood. Everything tastes great on the grill from pizza to fruity desserts. Here is our go-to Lemon Garlic Chicken. If you have time to marinate it overnight, great. If not an hour or so will do. Make a lot for leftovers. This chicken is wonderful in salads and sandwiches too.

SIDES

No meal is complete without a few sides. How about some Baked Sweet Potato Fries?

Nutty Coconut Rice with Golden Raisins and Pecans…..

A great side dish for family meals and entertaining.

DESSERT

Here are some sweets that can be enjoyed any time of day. They are great after meals or as breakfast or brunch too. Mixed Berry Parfaits look pretty and have the colors of the season.

July 4th creamy & sweet berry sauce yogurt parfait.

Gluten Free Sweet Strawberry Snack Cakes are fun too.

Gluten Free ratio rally mini cakes with strawberries and coconut milk

Let’s not forget our chocolate lovers. How about Double Chocolate Banana Scones that are also vegan & gluten free?

Healthy, low carb, diet Chocolate Chip Scones by Marla Meridith

I can’t resist blueberries. How about gluten free Very Blueberry Layer Cake with cream cheese frosting.

Gluten free layer cake with fresh blueberries and sauce And last but not least, cool Watermelon Frozen Yogurt Popsicles…….

Pink Frozen Yogurt Smoothie Pop

Remember to re-use and recycle packaging and disposables at this busy time. Have a super fun, enjoyable and safe Memorial Day weekend!

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