With Memorial Day weekend just a few days away, many of you are already planning on what to make for your traditional cookout and/or family gathering. This year, why not shake things up a bit with a healthy and colorful twist on some good ole American classics? Check out these recipes…with flavors this delicious, you don’t even have to tell anyone that they are healthier:
Red, White & Blue Potato Salad
Dressed with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and fresh mint, this healthy potato salad will make a perfect contribution to any cookout
- 2 lb. baby (fingerling) potatoes – mix of white, red and blue (aka: purple)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 TB extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers, rinsed
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with lightly salted water.
- Bring to a boil and cook until tender (about 15 minutes).
- Drain and rinse with cold water.
- Transfer to a cutting board and let cool for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
- Once the potatoes are cool, cut in half, add to the bowl and toss to coat.
Just before serving, add peppers, scallions and mint to the salad and toss gently
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BLUEBERRY BEEF BURGERS w/ Cherry Ketchup
(You can also use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef as well)
- ½ cup bread crumbs (whole-wheat or panko)
- 1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen w/ no sugar added (thawed)
- 1 TB balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 12 oz. 90%-lean ground beef (or ground turkey breast or chicken)
- Place bread crumbs in a large bowl
- In a food processor, add blueberries, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, garlic, salt and pepper and process until pureed.
- Scrape into the bowl with the breadcrumbs – mix well
- Add ground beef (turkey or chicken) and mix well
- Divide the mixture into four equal portions and form into 1/2-inch-thick patties (about 4 inches in diameter)
- Meanwhile, preheat broiler or heat grill to medium-high. If using the broiler, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. If using a grill, oil the grill rack by rubbing it with an oil-soaked paper towel.
- Cook patties until browned and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Serve immediately with or without buns and if you like, try them with the Cherry Ketchup
- 1 – 10 oz. package frozen pitted cherries (not in syrup)
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Put in a food processor and mix until smooth
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RED, WHITE & BLUE POPSICLES
Frozen, fruity freshness is what you find in these cool treats and they are sure to please children (and adults) of all ages on a hot, sunny day
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 2 cups limeade
- Divide blueberries and raspberries among freezer-pop molds
- Pour limeade over the berries
- Insert the sticks and freeze until completely firm, about 6 hours
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While you are enjoying your cookout and all of the yummy red, white and blue eats, please don’t forget to take a moment to honor, salute and remember our nation’s real heroes – those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Have a fun and safe Memorial Day!
Bodyrich Fitness Company
Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Nutritionist
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