It’s Memorial Day Weekend, which means BBQs and parties, which means thinking of something to make or bring.
Here are some ideas for unique burgers, salads, and sides.
Mexican turkey burgers – 2 lbs ground turkey breast, 1 can diced green chiles, handful chopped cilantro, 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1/4 cup salsa, 2 tsp salt. After grilling, serve on buns (or in tortillas) with chipotle mayo (mix 1 cup light mayo with 1 finely diced chipotle pepper canned in adobo and juice of a lime), light pepper jack cheese, lettuce or cabbage, tomato slices, and/or grilled sliced bell peppers.
Greek Burgers – 2 lbs lean ground beef (90% lean), 1/2 crumbled feta cheese, 1/3 cup olive tapenade (or chopped olives) Tbsp dried oregano, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, zest of 1 lemon, 1 Tbsp olive oil. After grilling, serve on buns with tsaziki (purchased, or make your own by mixing nonfat Green yogurt with chopped fresh mint, shredded cucumber, & pinch of salt) and sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and bell pepper.
Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burgers – In large bowl, mix together 1 can drained black beans, 1 can refried black beans, 2 peeled & grated sweet potatoes, 1 Tbsp cumin, 1 tsp salt, 4 cloves garlic (minced), 4 chopped green onions, 1 egg, 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Form into patties (aadd more crumbs if mixture is too wet to form into patties), place on well-oiled foil-lined baking sheet, and bake at 450 for ~20 minutes, flipping half way through. Serve alone or on buns with yogurt-lime sauce (mix 2 cups plain yogurt with juice & zest of 1 lime, salt, and 1 finely chopped jalapeno) and fresh cilantro leaves.
Quinoa with Latin Flavors — using fresh corn off the cob for this makes it to-die-for!
Herbed Grains Salad (this is everyone’s FAVE) — prepare Trader Joe’s Grains Medley (or Israeli couscous) according to pkg directions. Spread onto a plate to cool to room temp. In meantime, in bottom of large bowl whisk 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 3 Tbsp maple syrup, juice of 1 lemon, 1/4 cup olive oil. Add 1/3 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds, large handful chopped fresh basil, large handful chopped fresh mint, 4 chopped green onions,1 chopped large apple, 1 sliced English cucumber (the kind in plastic). Toss to coat. Add grains to the mixture and let sit for at least 1/2 hour before serving. Best served at room temp or slightly chilled.
Citrus & Avocado Salad — So light and refreshing!
Fruit Salad – pick 3 (4 maximum) fruits of varying colors. Cut into large-bite chunks and gently mix together with the juice of 1/2 lemon. Cluttering up your fruit salad with too many fruits, or chopping the fruit too small will make the salad less beautiful. Combos I like:
- Strawberries, pineapple, kiwi
- Blueberries, mango, watermelon
- Cantaloupe, cherries, pineapple
For a chance of pace, serve a Fruit Dip alongside your fruit salad, which can be used for dipping or dolloping. To make: mix 1.5 cups yogurt (any flavor) with zest of a lemon or lime. Gently fold in 1 cup whipped cream or Cool Whip. Add chopped fresh mint if you like. More fruit dip variations.
SIDES & SNACKS
Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Dates — to make these vegetarian, leave off prosciutto and sprinkle torn basil leaves on platter.
Crispy Roasted Garbanzo Beans — and roasted green beans, beautifully presented.
Roasted (or Grilled) Corn on the Cob — with seriously mouth-watering toppings.
Fresh Strawberry & Mint Bruschetta — Spread goat cheese on toasted baguette slices, then top with strawberry slices, fresh mint leaves, and drizzle with honey.
Have a wonderful long weekend!!