10 Recipes to Try This Memorial Day Weekend

Who else is looking forward to their holiday weekend? Today’s post shares some healthy summery recipe ideas to try! 

If you’re a blogger that shares a lot of your personal life and adventures, having a blog is like having an online diary of travels and fun (…ya know, a diary that other people read that is!), and sometimes it’s neat to look back at what I was doing at this time in another year.

Floating around an infinity pool in Cabo last year with my hubs

Looking back at past Memorial Day weekends, I went on vacation to Mexico last year (surprised my love for his 30th with the trip!), spent the weekend with friends during a deployment of my hubby’s another year, and went on a wine tasting getaway to Napa and hiked around at Muir Woods when I was living in the Bay Area.

Wine tasting in Napa, circa 2013

This year, I have some fun things planned for Memorial Day weekend, including a road trip up to Los Angeles for a day of hiking + a vegan food festival. I’m excited! I also will be getting some time at home, and I’m sure I’ll be doing a bit of cooking & baking.

Since many of us Americans will be attending family gatherings, relaxing in our backyards, and getting a bit more time to cook & bake over the long weekend, I thought today it’d be fun to share some Memorial Day recipe ideas.

Of course, let’s not forget that the holiday is meant to honor the men & women who have died serving in our military. THANK YOU to all of our service members protecting America.

Let’s get to the food!

1.) Orzo Caprese Pasta Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts & Spinach. This is a recipe I created for Shape recently, and it kind of screams summertime party. It’s a crowd pleaser, and it’s easy to make!

2.) Loaded Mediterranean Avocado Toast [vegan, can be made GF]. AKA the best avocado toast ever! Perfect for breakfast on a leisurely morning, or as appetizers if you’re having guests over.

3.) Peaches & Cream Muffins [gf]. Now that peaches are in season, why not whip up some peaches & cream muffins? This recipe is made with Greek yogurt and oats, and one muffin has just 140 calories – making it the perfect portion-controlled little snack!

4.) Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Brownies [vegan]. I mean, did you think I’d do a recipe round-up without including something chocolate?

5.)  Zoodles with Basil Cherry Tomato Sauce, Pine Nuts & Lemon Zest [gf, can be made vegan by omitting mozzarella or using dairy-free cheese]. Or as I like to call this dish, summer zoodles! Fresh tomato basil sauce is my favorite.

6.) Cinnamon Chai Banana Protein Shake [vegan + gf]. Shake up your smoothie routine with this creation. Made with Bob’s Red Mill plant-based chai protein powder, I made this smoothie recently for my mom and cousin, and they both loved it. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been eating a smoothie or smoothie bowl every day lately!

7.) Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Protein Pancakes [vegan + gf]. Whip up my go-to healthy pancake batter for a family brunch this holiday weekend!

8.) Creamy Spring Veggie & Asparagus Puree Soup [vegan]. Packed with spring veggies and lots of flavor, this soup is a perfect dinner to make this weekend if your Memorial Day temperatures aren’t looking all that warm.

9.) Red, White & Blue Pancakes [vegan + gf]. Similar to my go-to pancake batter with its banana + oat base, these pancakes have a patriotic flair with the inclusion of strawberries (red), coconut (white), and a blueberry sauce (blue).

10.) Cashew Cake Batter Fruit Dip [vegan + gf]. I just shared this fruit dip recipe last week, and it’d be an easy dessert to whip up for a gathering with loved ones.

Tell me… What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Any recipes you plan on whipping up this weekend? 

8 thoughts on “10 Recipes to Try This Memorial Day Weekend

  1. Ashley@CookNourishBliss

    I am definitely looking forward to some time off over the weekend!! The house we bought has a pool and it is finally opened and ready to go (plus its like 90 here so um hello pool weather! haha). So I am pumped!! And yes to memorial day eats! You’re making me hungry with these ideas…

  2. David @ Spiced

    You know, that’s a really fun point about a blog being like a journal. It’s fun to look back in the archives a bit! And I totally remember that Cabo trip that you guys took last year. It made me think that I need to be somewhere warm. 🙂 I also remember seeing a lot of these recipes when they first came out. But a reminder is always a good thing! For Memorial Day this year, we’re laying low and having some friends come stay with us. They’re about to move from the east coast out to Colorado, so it’ll be good to hang out with them as Colorado is a bit further away than Pennsylvania. I hope you guys have a great weekend! Can’t wait to hear what kind of trouble you get into!

    1. foodielovesfitness Post author

      Quality friend time is always great! My husband and I went on a double dinner date over the weekend with good friends of ours, and it was a blast. It’s especially nice to get together because we don’t get to see each other all together too often!

  3. marcie

    I’m so glad it’s Memorial Day and summer has unofficially begun! All of these recipes look worthy of enjoying all summer long. Hope you had a great holiday Nicole!


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