Good food is a focal point of any Memorial Day celebration. While relaxing with friends and family, enjoy a variety of good foods, including many tasty and nutritious dishes. Along with activities like volleyball, horse shoes, and swimming, if possible, great food will make for a great gathering. Kids and adults will enjoy most of these options.
Chips and Salsa
Instead of the usual salsa from a jar, create an easy homemade baked dish. Layer tortilla chips in a large greased pan, and sprinkle with diced onions, tomatoes, peppers, and black beans or bean dip, as well as cheese or a vegan alternative, if desired. Bake for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees, suggests the Food Network (see Resources), and enjoy.
Create a tangy salad with a sweet and sour dressing (see Resources for a recipe), mixing blueberries and strawberries with various leafy greens. Sprinkle walnuts over the salad to garnish this delicious and healthy dish.
Grilled foods are a must for many Memorial Day parties, and barbequed foods are always popular. In addition to the usual varieties, add vegetarian options like veggie burgers or tempeh, bean paddies that can be found in some grocery stores and most natural food stores, for health-conscious or vegetarian guests.
Likewise, roast veggies like corn, potatoes, and carrots by wrapping them in foil and grilling them, or placing them in a fire pit. The smoky taste makes them extra special.
A five-bean casserole provides a great alternative to canned baked beans. Use black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, and butter beans, or substitute others that you have on hand. Soak beans overnight or for the recommended time, if using dried ones, and simmer all day on the stove or in a crock pot. Add brown sugar, onions, and a little salt for flavor (see Resources, and just leave out the bacon for a vegetarian version). Most of the preparation for this dish involves waiting, so it takes little effort to create.
Memorial Day Cake
Create a Memorial Day-themed cake by placing strawberries and blueberries on a white-frosted sheet cake to look like an American flag. Guests won't be able to resist the delicious, colorful, and patriotic cake.
Whip up an easy fruit salsa for a great summer snack. It's also an unusual dish that guests will want to try at home. See FoodReference.com (under Resources) for a pineapple-mango salsa recipe, or experiment with your own, using flour tortilla chips as the website suggests. It's hard to go wrong with mixing fruits.