May 24, 2019

Memorial Day Food to Stay on Track

Are you searching for recipes to make this Memorial Day weekend that won't completely blow up your meal plan or take forever to prep? Check out this healthier take on an All American cookout menu I created for you to serve your family, choose a single dish to take to a party, or can be scaled if you're hosting a party!

Here are a few of my thoughts when it comes to eating healthy, cookouts/barbecues - whichever you call them, and recipes. Balance, portions, and moderation are always #1, no matter what you're eating. I believe in the loaded cheeseburger with the bun, cheese, and bacon when that is what you have planned for and a treat that fits within a meal plan that supports your health goals. But I want to teach you how to prepare a meal that can be scaled up or down in the treat department and how not every time you grill must be a treat. You can serve up a delicious and nutritious meal that is 100% on plan.

Here is an All American Hamburger & Hot Dog Cookout menu for Memorial Day or pretty much any time this summer when you (or your mister) fire up the grill. I loved creating this menu for you, because it is simple, is balanced, and can be easily scaled based on the number of people you're serving.

A {Healthier} All American Hamburger & Hot Dog Cookout
Let's be honest, sometimes you want the bun and all the burger fixins - I so get that! This menu is for all you mamas that are short on time, want to put together a quick yet cleaned up cookout that doesn't take all the time in the world. Because let's be honest, we have piles of laundry - not piles of minutes laying around.

Hamburgers served on Quality Buns
Checkout this guide on how to grill the best burgers. Choose your toppings wisely and remember, sometimes less is more when it comes to flavor! Choose whole grain or sprouted buns with no to little sugar added. If you're going to eat bread, choose wisely. Based on how much time you have to prep, number of guests, and even flavor cravings, you can add any burger garnish you choose - different cheeses, bacon, avocado for a healthy fat, mushrooms, or keep it super simple with sugar free ketchup, mustard, and homemade or vegan mayo.  Have a bowl of fresh spring mix on the table for those that choose the Baby Red Potato Salad (below) instead of the bun!

Uncured Bratwurst, Veggie, Fruit Skewers
This is an easy way to keep that all American touch with a cleaned up hot dog and adding a few veggies to everyone's plate! Uncured and nitrate free are such a big deal for sausages and hot dogs. I get not every hot dog you and your kiddos eat in life may be uncured but think about it like this - When you get to choose, choose uncured, higher quality sausages. This means less processing, less fake ingredients, typically less sodium, and better for the inside parts of your body that come under stress over time due to processed foods.

Baby Red Potato Salad
Because potatoes. Do I even need to explain why I added a potato salad to the menu?! Here is a way to clean it up, balance the meal with a starch, and packed with flavor without being THAT person that doesn't have potato salad at your cookout.

Mini Fruit Pizzas
I chose this dessert for three reasons: 1) fruit factor to continue balancing the menu, 2) because kids love it when you serve anything pizza, and 3) this recipe allows someone to control their portion with single cookie (no shame!) or choose to have fruit only for dessert. If you are food allergy mama like me or know someone with food allergies will be attending your party, serve a vegan cream spread like Violife which is my current favorite!

So, let me know if you what you think. Was this helpful? Did you make any of these for your holiday cookout? I love to hear from you!

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