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Healthy and Delicious Memorial Day Recipes to Enjoy

Memorial Day is a time for relaxation and celebration, but it doesn't mean you have to derail your healthy eating habits. We've curated a list of 5 mouthwatering recipes that are both nutritious and satisfying. Let's dive in and discover some delicious options for your Memorial Day menu!



1. Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken Skewers:


Ingredients:

- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

- 2 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 teaspoon dried oregano

- Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions:

- In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.

- Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and place them in the marinade. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

- Preheat the grill and thread the marinated chicken onto skewers.

- Grill for about 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and slightly charred.

- Serve with a side of grilled vegetables or a fresh salad for a complete meal.


2. Fresh and Crunchy Veggie Salad:


Ingredients:

- 2 cups mixed salad greens

- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

- 1 cucumber, sliced

- 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced

- ¼ red onion, thinly sliced

- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

- Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions:

- In a large bowl, combine salad greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and red onion.

- Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Toss gently to coat.

- Season with salt and pepper according to your taste preference.

- Serve as a refreshing side salad or add grilled chicken or shrimp for a protein-packed main course.


3. Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers:


Ingredients:

- 4 bell peppers (any color)

- 1 cup cooked quinoa

- 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained

- ½ cup corn kernels

- ½ cup diced tomatoes

- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

- 1 teaspoon chili powder

- ½ teaspoon cumin

- Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions:

- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes.

- In a mixing bowl, combine cooked quinoa, black beans, corn kernels, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese (if using), chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.

- Stuff the mixture into the bell peppers and place them in a baking dish.

- Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through.

- Serve as a satisfying and flavorful main dish option for your Memorial Day gathering.


4. Grilled Pineapple Salsa:


Ingredients:

- 2 cups fresh pineapple, diced

- ½ red onion, finely chopped

- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

- ¼ cup chopped cilantro

- Juice of 1 lime

- Salt to taste


Instructions:

- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

- Grill the pineapple slices for about 2-3 minutes on each side until they have grill marks.

- Remove the pineapple from the grill and let it cool. Once cooled, dice the grilled pineapple.

- In a bowl, combine the diced grilled pineapple, red onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Mix well.

- Refrigerate the salsa for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

- Serve the grilled pineapple salsa with whole-grain tortilla chips as an appetizer or as a refreshing topping for grilled chicken or fish.


5. Watermelon Berry Salad:

Ingredients:

- 4 cups cubed watermelon

- 1 cup fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

- Juice of 1 lime

- Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)


Instructions:

- In a large bowl, combine the cubed watermelon and fresh berries.

- Squeeze the lime juice over the fruit and gently toss to combine.

- Garnish with fresh mint leaves for an extra burst of flavor.

- This refreshing and hydrating fruit salad is perfect for keeping you cool on a hot Memorial Day.


With these 5 delicious and healthy Memorial Day recipes, you can enjoy your holiday while staying on track with your health and fitness goals. Whether you're grilling chicken skewers, enjoying a fresh veggie salad, indulging in quinoa stuffed bell peppers, savoring the flavors of grilled pineapple salsa, or cooling off with a watermelon berry salad, there are plenty of options to satisfy your taste buds and nourish your body. Have a wonderful and health-conscious Memorial Day celebration!


Remember, it's possible to enjoy delicious food while making mindful choices that align with your wellness journey. So, let this Memorial Day be a celebration of both good food and good health!


Enjoy,

Coach Royce

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