Easy Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

 

 

Easy Recipes for Memorial Day WeekendEasy Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is coming up – a time of honoring those who have given their lives to protect and ensure the freedoms we enjoy in America.

For many families, the long weekend is the perfect chance to take some time off from responsibilities, enjoying summer activities like swimming, boating, playing outdoors, and dishing up good food with family and friends.

Whether you’re planning to BBQ, enjoy a picnic, or host a large potluck at your place, we’ve gathered some delicious easy recipes for your Memorial Day weekend. (Click on any recipe to save it, add ingredients to your shopping list, or print).

Let’s start off with some fantastic dinner recipes for main dishes:

Baked Buttermilk Pecan Chicken requires only 4 ingredients and is super easy.  Simply marinate the chicken pieces in buttermilk for one hour, then coat with toasted pecans and panko bread crumbs, and bake. Easy enough to make even for a large group.

Pecan Crusted Chicken recipe

 

Sweet BBQ Chicken Kabobs are ready in no time.  Skewer chicken pieces with pineapple, red pepper and green pepper; brush with a mixture of BBQ sauce and orange juice, and grill until cooked through.

sweet BBQ chicken kabobs | Chicken Recipes

 

Moroccan Shrimp Tagine cooks up quickly.  Shrimp is cooked over tomatoes and garlic seasoned with parsley, cilantro, paprika, and cumin; simmered until all the yummy flavors are absorbed.

Beef Sliders (Photo by Valeria Boltneva from Pexels) are so fun and easy, a great dish for the kids to help make, too.  Perfect for finger-food parties, and you can cook them up on the grill or on a griddle – whatever floats your boat!

 

Beef Sliders recipe | Dish Dish recipe app



Now for a few side dishes that are easy to whip up, too.

Enjoy these pasta recipes and salad recipes – perfect side dishes for a barbecue.

Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad incorporates broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, green onions, with pasta, cottage cheese and Ranch dressing for a creamy, colorful side dish.

farmers market pasta salad | pasta recipes

 

Red Potato Salad with Green Beans combines red potatoes with green beans in a tangy honey mustard dressing that’s perfect for outdoor gatherings or picnics.

 

Asian Cucumber Salad dishes up thin slices of cucumber, red onion and red pepper with sesame seeds in a rice wine vinegar dressing.

 

Mac and Cheese with Veggies – enjoy traditional homemade comfort food macaroni and cheese with added grated carrots, diced tomatoes and squash, topped off with crushed crackers and baked.

 

Let’s not forget dessert!

Have some fun and dish up one of these dessert recipes.

Red, White and Blueberry Pie – show your patriotic colors with a delicious dessert combining white chocolate pudding, cream cheese, whipped cream, and colorful berries.  A refreshing cool treat!

red, white and blueberry pie, patriotic dessert recipe

 

Easy Strawberry Trifle – has only 3 ingredients – cubes of angel food cake, whipped cream, and sliced strawberries; makes a pretty and easy dessert.

strawberry trifle, easy dessert recipe

 

Do you and your family have Memorial Day food traditions?  We’d love to hear about them – leave us a comment below with your thoughts.

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Stuffed Poblano Peppers

 
 
 
Roasted poblano peppers filled with black beans, scrambled eggs, and topped with a little shredded cheese – yes, please!  These were so amazingly delicious, especially with a little tomato and avocado on the side; some salsa and sour cream would be a great addition as well.Stuffed Poblano Peppers Recipe, beans and eggs in poblanos

This simple dinner recipe takes about 30 minutes to put together and is full of rich, southwestern flavor – filling that hankering whether it comes at brunch time, lunch time or dinner (and it’s a healthy, vegetarian recipe, too!).

With only 4 ingredients needed (along with whatever garnishes you desire), the poblano pepper might be the one thing you have to make especially sure is on the shopping list for this dish.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers Recipe, bean and egg filled poblanos

Gather up eggs, black beans (if you’re using canned, be sure to rinse and drain them first), some shredded cheese, and a little olive oil for spritzing those poblanos before we roasted them.

Cut the poblanos in half and remove the seeds and core.  Rinse lightly and pat dry before placing on a roasting pan and spritzing with a little olive oil.  Season them lightly with some salt and pepper (and any other seasoning that strikes your fancy).

Stuffed Poblano Peppers Recipe, halved poblano peppers

Roast them at 450 degrees F for about 12-15 minutes until just crisp-tender.

Meanwhile, go ahead and scramble up your eggs.  If you’d like to add meat to this dish, toss in a little bit of chorizo with your eggs while they scramble.

And now your peppers are ready to fill! (First, peel off the outer skin of the peppers).

Stuffed Poblano Peppers recipe; roasted poblanos with beans and eggs

Layer some black beans inside each poblano pepper half; then top with scrambled eggs.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers recipe; filled with beans and eggs

Sprinkle a little grated cheese over the top of the eggs – I used grated cheddar today, but grated Monterrey Jack cheese or some crumbled cotija cheese or a favorite shredded Mexican blend would work great, too!

Then put all that back in the oven for 1-2 minutes, just long enough to melt the cheese.

Garnish with diced cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, or other favorite garnishes.

And voila! You have a delicious, warm main dish to serve up for an easy breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner!

Stuffed Poblano Peppers recipe, easy dinner or breakfast recipe

 

Stuffed Poblano Peppers (2 servings)
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Ingredients:
1 poblano pepper, halved and seeded
1/2 cup cooked black beans
2 eggs
1/4 cup shredded cheese
Favorite garnishes – tomato, avocado, sour cream, salsa …

Directions:
Spritz a little olive oil over the halved poblano peppers, open side up; sprinkle them with salt and pepper or other seasoning and bake at 425 degrees F for about 15 minutes until just crisp-tender.

While peppers are roasting, scramble the eggs in a skillet over medium-high heat, and season with salt and pepper.

When peppers are finished roasting, remove the outer skin from the peppers, and place half of the beans in each pepper, followed by half of the scrambled eggs.  Sprinkle some shredded cheese on top.

Return to the oven for 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese; garnish with your favorite garnishes and enjoy!

We hope you enjoy this fabulous recipe.  Please feel free to leave us a comment below with your favorite stuffed pepper ideas or tips.
 
 
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Creamy Spinach Dip Your Guests Will Inhale

 

 

Sometimes that veggie tray or cracker and cheese tray just needs a little something else to jazz it up and provide a soothing creaminess for dipping.

Maybe you’re hosting an easy summer get-together, a brunch or shower with a few friends, or looking for a little appetizer to keep guests noshing while you finish up the main dish for dinner.

This creamy spinach dip is sure to bring you lots of compliments, and it’s so easy to prep ahead and serve in a variety of ways.

Spinach Dip Filled Veggies, Party Recipe, Appetizer

Next time, decide to dish up your spinach dip in bite-size servings of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes!

First, be sure to go ahead and mix up the spinach dip, so it can be chilling in the fridge while you get the other prep work done with the vegetables.

Spinach Dip Recipe (printable recipe)

10 oz. frozen chopped spinach (cooked, squeezed dry, and cooled)

16 oz. light sour cream (OR nonfat plain Greek yogurt)

1 cup Miracle Whip (light or fat-free)

1 package Knorr vegetable soup mix

(If you like nuts, add some chopped water chestnuts, as desired)

Combine all of the above ingredients and chill for about 2 hours before serving.

Now use a paring knife and a tomato knife to carve out the center of the veggies for filling.  However, this handy tomato corer tool, if you have one, makes the job a lot easier! Especially if you’re doing very many of these.

(Chasing a rabbit – did you even know there were such tools as zucchini corers and jalapeno corers?  We had no idea!)

hulled cucumbers and tomatoes on cutting board, appetizer recipe

Slice the cucumber into 1-1/2 inch tall sections (leaving the peels on the cucumber, because that’s healthy, provides a dark green color contrast, and makes sure the filling and cucumber don’t fall apart in your hands while you’re eating); then cut out a portion of the center (not all the way to the bottom) for filling with spinach dip.

Finally, carefully core the tomatoes as well (again, a bit more difficult with a tomato knife than with a tomato corer – but it can be done)!

hulled tomatoes and cucumbers for spinach dip recipe

Now when you’re ready to serve, use a small spoon or a piping bag to fill the veggies with the prepared spinach dip, and enjoy with your friends!

spinach dip in cucumbers and tomatoes, appetizer recipe

Of course, there are lots of other ways you could choose to serve up your spinach dip, too.  We liked this spinach dip filled bread bowl from Leslie Durso.

spinach dip in bread bowl by lisa durso

Or serve the spinach dip with your favorite vegetables and crudites on the side like The Healthy Foodie.

spinach dip with vegetable tray by the healthy foodie

You could even serve it with a mix of crackers, pita chips, tortilla chips, and veggies, so your guests will have lots of options.

spinach dip with crackers and veggies

Do you love spinach dip?  Do you prefer it hot or cold?  It’s great for a spring or summer brunch, party, or potluck.

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