Memorial Day Weekend is here! If you’re like most folks you’ve got plans to grill out with friends and family. Too often those of us with a specific diet end up skipping the get-together, not eating at the event, or feeling left out. There’s no reason at all we shouldn’t enjoy ourselves, especially when the food is so delicious.
If you need some help navigating summer cookouts, check out Surviving Summer Cookouts on a Allergy-Friendly Diet.
Then, get busy browsing and make your favorite dishes to celebrate this weekend!
Appetizers & Snacks
- Baked Oven Potato Chips from Go Dairy Free
- Herb and Feta Polenta Appetizers
- Popcorn Sprinked with Best Ever Spice Mix from Welcoming Kitchen
- Roasted Beet Hummus
- Simple Spice Roasted Chickpeas
- Sweet & Spicy Corn Salsa from Daily Bites
- Beet Burgers from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs
- Black Bean Burgers
- Moist and Herby Turkey Burgers from Tasty Eats at Home
- Glazed Chicken and Peach Skewers from Simply Gluten-Free
- Smokey Rosemary-Mustard Chicken Drumsticks from Cara’s Cravings
- Super Healthy Veggie Burgers from Daily Bites
- Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches from Blackbird Bakery
The last time I ate popcorn, I was 8 years old. I remember it clearly. My mom was out of town, so Dad was on “dinner duty.” I don’t remember what we had for dinner, but later that night we watched a movie, stayed up extra late, and in the process ate way too much popcorn. It was great father-daughter bonding time, but yikes on the food situation! I remember waking up the next day feeling absolutely miserable: bloated, puffy, tired, and cranky.
It wasn’t until 2 years later that I discovered I had a corn allergy.
Giving up popcorn didn’t interfere with my life too much, since we didn’t eat it often growing up. (That’s why it was a special treat that we totally overdid whenever Mom flew the coop!) But nevertheless, sometimes you just get a craving for what you can’t have, a fixation on the “forbidden fruit.”
When compared to real popcorn, I’ll be honest, this “Cheesy” Cauliflower Popcorn doesn’t really taste a thing like the real stuff. It’s better!
Back in October of last year, I posted my top 7 Tips For Boosting Immunity With Green Smoothies.
Tip #5 was: Get Affordable or FREE Greens at your local Farmer’s Market
I want to talk about this again, as I receive countless emails every month from readers who want to include more fresh organic vegetables and leafy greens into their diet but find the cost a challenge.
To recap on tip #5: Most people ask to have the greens cut off of their beets, turnips, and carrots, etc. at market stalls. Ask your local vendor for any tops they have cut off for other customers. These greens are absolutely loaded with nutrients, and very often you can pick them up for free (they are just going to throw them away) or for a couple of bucks.
Another top tip for getting affordable produce is to make friends with the stall owners, and at the end of the day you can pick up large boxes of surplus produce for a song! This can include leafy greens, as well as other seasonal fruits and veggies. You can then create all kinds of smoothies, juices, salads, and other delicious creations for a fraction of the cost.
A nutrient-dense green smoothie is a quick, easy, delicious way to get your daily dose of greens and other fruits and vegetables in one hit. It is also a fabulous way to help inspire confidence in novice cooks and children. Picking up seasonal produce boxes at the market keeps things interesting and diverse, and expands the family’s gustatory repertoire and experiences.
My family has been picking fiddleheads each spring for as long as I can remember. My Dad would take us every year to our *Top Secret* family spot. With his passing in 2005 (from colon cancer), I hold this tradition close to my heart and share it with my children each year.
Fiddleheads actually hold a very significant meaning for mean. So much so, that I use them in my logo on Fresh4five. They are green (my favorite color). They bring me and my family to the outdoors (where I am meant to be) and they honor my amazing father.
Fiddleheads are actually the Ostrich Fern, still coiled up emerging from the ground. They are found along the sides of creeks and rivers in the spring time.
My kids love the family adventure through the forest. They pack little backpacks with magnifying glasses and binoculars so they can explore and investigate nature. They also usually end up a little wet! Those rubber boots are never high enough