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To host a Memorial Day BBQ is a great way to kick of the
summer and grilling season. The food on the grill is the star of the
show, but you can really have some fun with the side dishes. Keep the planning
simple so you can focus on having fun and enjoying your guests when they
Fruit kebobs are a simple and fun treat to bring to a BBQ. The presentation is much more exciting than a bowl of fruit and you can use any fruit you’d like. These would be good sprinkled with brown sugar and placed on the grill for a sweeter dessert and served warm with ice cream! All you need to do is find some wooden skewers, cut up your fruit into chunks as the skewers soak in water for 30 minutes and skewer away.
You can’t have a BBQ without potato salad and this one by Bobby Flay is delicious. In fact, it’s my new favorite and will impress your guests with its flavor.
Capers, mustard, pickles, olive oil-- it’s a great alternative to the typical mayonnaise-based potato salads you find at typical BBQs. Another bonus is you don’t have to worry about keeping it cool as you do with mayonnaise-based ones. You can grill per the directions or you can just boil the potatoes like you would with regular potato salad. I also cut back on the amount of oil in this recipe by omitting the 1/4 cup recommended before grilling. There was plenty of oil in the dressing. This potato salad has a ton of flavor!
You can always find high fat meats at BBQ celebrations like
burgers, sausage, hot dogs and of course lots of snacks like chips and dips. Try serving a healthy side such as grilled vegetables with fresh basil and Parmesan.
There are several options for what type of veggies you can grill, just use this
same method using equal weight in the vegetable of your choice.
1 small eggplant, sliced in rounds 1/4 inch thick2 squash, sliced lengthwise, 1/4 inch thick2 zucchini, sliced lengthwise, 1/4 inch thick1 red onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick1 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed4 garlic cloves, minced3/4 teaspoon salt, divided use3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided use3 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons red wine vinegarJuice from 1/2 lemon1/4 cup chopped basil1/3 cup shaved Parmigianno Reggiano cheese
Toss vegetables with olive oil, chopped garlic, 1/2 teaspoon
salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
Place a grill pan on medium high heat coated with
Place vegetables in a single layer and cook 4 to 5 minutes per side until fork tender and nice grill marks
appear (will probably have to grill 2 batches) . Remove from grill back into pan they were marinating in. Toss with
vinegar, lemon juice, additional 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Transfer to serving platter and sprinkle with basil and parmesan.
Hope you enjoy these three healthy sides to compliment your
delicious barbeque. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
There will be family and friends gathering together across the nation to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday. The longstanding traditions surrounding this holiday are loved by so many, but why not color outside the lines and do things a little differently