5 Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day

The week just started and I'm all ready counting down the days to the long weekend. I plan on spending every second I can soaking up sunshine (I'm looking a little pasty after spending so much time stuck inside this winter.)  If you're looking for a few good recipes for Memorial Day, here are some of our favorites to get your started. Enjoy!

5 Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day

Blueberry Chicken Salad - served on croissants, or your favorite bread.

Loaded Potato Salad - always a crowd pleaser and easy to make in advance.

Caramelized Onion Dip - make a double batch, this will disappear in no time!

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork - sweet and spicy, just the way pulled pork should be.

Better Than a Box Mix Brownies - it's chocolate, need I say more?

 

Be sure to check out our Recipe Archive for more great ideas!

Ruby Red Smoothie

My habit of skipping breakfast has been years in the making. Even when I was younger I'd rush off to school having eaten nothing, only to be starving before the first bell rang. This habit didn't change much as I got older, although I did wise up and start carrying granola bars in my backpack after one of my classmates commented on the fact that the jolt cola I was chugging down like my life depended on it was doing nothing to quiet my grumbling stomach. By college my classes had fewer than 15 people in them, so the whole room knew I'd rolled out of bed just in time to drive to class.

Now that I have a child of my own my eating habits have changed for the better. I've been trying to lead by example (and so far it's working.) If he sees me eating a healthy breakfast, then he's more inclined to eat breakfast as well. And if breakfast happens to include something brightly colored with a fun straw, it doesn't really matter than I've hidden beets and spinach in it, it looks like fun therefore it gets consumed quickly.

If you're not entirely sold on the idea of beets, try adding a little bit more each time you make your smoothie. After a few days you won't even notice that you've been slipping something healthy into your drink. I'll admit, it took me a little while to adjust to their earthy taste, I've never been a fan of beets, but I've been drinking these several times a week for months now and have really come to enjoy them. Hopefully you will too, but if not feel free to leave me a comment below. I love to hear feedback, both good and bad.

Ruby Red Smoothie

Ruby Red Smoothie
makes 1 serving

Ingredients

1 handful fresh spinach
4 - 6 beet slices, frozen (see notes)
4 - 6 whole strawberries, frozen
1 over ripe banana

Directions

  • Combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Notes

I've been buying bags of frozen beets from Whole Foods, they run about $2 for 10 ounces of non-gmo beets. I find that I'm more likely to add them to my smoothie if I don't have to worry about slicing them up myself.