Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is considered the beginning of summer. It’s also one of the most popular days of the year, with hamburgers and hot dogs dominating the menu. Then, 818 hot dogs have been eaten every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day – that’s 7 billion hot dogs in just four months!
But if the usual Memorial Day recipes aren’t your thing and you’re looking to break away from hot dogs and hamburgers, here are a few foods that will elevate this year.
1. Red, white and blue salad
Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis poses patriotism on salad and this delicious recipe. The flavors of red grapes and blueberries offset the saltiness of gorgonzola, an Italian blue cheese known for its “bite”. Nutrient-rich pistachios add vitamin B6, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. This very low calorie dish can be served on its own or as a side.
2. Garlicky fried fish
Shrimp is a dish that can be enjoyed any time of the year, but it’s even better when you put it on the grill on a hot day. After the marinade for 15 minutes, this shrimp skewers from the grill to the table in less than 10 minutes. You can serve them on their own or over hot rice. Not only is this dish delicious, it’s also good for you! Shrimp is a good source of protein and contains important nutrients such as vitamin B12, zinc and selenium.
3. Fruit tart
Who doesn’t love a fruit dessert on a warm day? This fruit tart it’s easy to make a pie – in fact, it can be easy! Although this recipe uses blueberries, kiwi, mango and strawberries, you can substitute your favorite fruits. Nutrients vary depending on the fruit you use, but in general, you’ll get a good dose of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
4. Sausage pinwheels with marinated peppers and fried broccolini
Instead of serving sausage the traditional way, why not try this twisted around the brats? Sure to look good on the table, this quick and easy recipe brings out the flavor of pepper, garlic and a little honey. They want an Italian sausage, which can be hot, mild or sweet and different from other sausages because of fennel as its primary spice.
Broccolini, contrary to popular belief, is not baby broccoli – it’s actually a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese broccoli. It is a great source of vitamins A and C, potassium and folate (vitamin B9).
5. Grilled cabbage slaw
Coleslaw is a staple food for many people to cook, but this side dish is elevated when you sit down throw the cabbage on the grill. Lemon juice adds brightness to the dish, while a pinch of sugar adds a little sweetness. Traditional coleslaw includes mayonnaise in the dressing, but this one replaces it with fish sauce and sambal oelek.
Cabbage is a low-fat vegetable and is usually low in fat. It also helps heart and brain diseases and can reduce the risk of cancer.
6. Watermelon Mojito
Watermelon is a summer favorite that is best on its own. Of course, there is always room for improvement if you want to be successful. As the name suggests, watermelon mojito It has mint and lime, and a little sea salt and pepper add flavor.
7. Chilled lemon
Cooking isn’t complete without a cold drink, and nothing says summer like lemonade. But if you’re looking for something really special, this is it cold lemon The key is to be sure to fit the bill. With the addition of vanilla ice cream and a hint of fresh orange juice and lemon, these lemon wedges are perfect for cooling down on a hot day.
If you’re tired of your usual meat-eating routine, spice up your menu with these Memorial Day recipes. You may find that in addition to being great for starting summer, you look forward to enjoying them at any time of the year.