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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.

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Cashew Cake Batter Fruit Dip {Vegan + Gluten Free}

With the summer produce starting to pop up in markets around town, I’ve been loving all of the fruit lately. Sweet cherries, strawberries, and peaches have been my favorite. Nature’s candy is the best!

A strawberry banana protein smoothie bowl topped with locally grown cherries, shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips & cinnamon oat granola clusters

So naturally with all of my fruit consumption in recent weeks, I had to make fruit dip. Dipping fruit into a decadent tasting dip is one of my favorite desserts, especially when it’s healthy like today’s recipe!

I’ve been making a lot of cake batter recipes lately, including a few batches of energy bites, smoothies, and now, this fruit dip. I also think that cake batter cookies may be in my baking future.

To get that cake batter flavor, I combined cashew butter with shredded coconut, maple syrup, vanilla dairy-free yogurt, vanilla extract and cashew milk.

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Chocolate Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip + Labor Day Weekend Recap

Oh, how I love 3-day weekends! It seems like there’s so much more time to have fun, relax, and also get a couple of productive things done than during a regular weekend. That extra day really makes a difference, don’t you agree?

I spent a ton of time outside over the weekend — just how Labor Day weekend should be. Inspired from watching all of the U.S. Open action, I kicked my long weekend off with a tennis session with my hubby…
tennis session

…and then we headed over to the beach for a sunset picnic:

banana pb sammy on the beach

Peanut butter, banana, honey & cinnamon on whole wheat — mmm!

We also had a chance to stroll around the farmers’ market and pick up some local goodness….Vista farmers' market

…grill a margherita pizza for dinner one night… grilled margherita pizza

…and go on a hike with our dingo at our nearby favorite park: harley at trail sign

Something we spent a lot of time doing over Labor Day weekend was entertaining in the backyard. With temperatures in the 80s with clear sunshine, it was perfect pool party weather! On both Saturday and Monday, we had some friends over for some fun in the sun. Not to toot my own horn, but I put together a pretty awesome spread for Monday’s get together:

pool party-3


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5-Ingredient Creamy Honey Fruit Dip

Happy weekend everyone!

I’m looking forward to a few days being home with my hubby. Last week he was away training for the Marine Corps Reserves, and then I left for Vegas for my work trip before he got back last weekend, so this weekend we’re excited to get some time together. On our agenda is finishing up our bathroom revamp, repainting part of the exterior of our house, and also having some fun outdoors and relaxing. Any fun plans for your weekend?

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Speaking of weekends, last Friday night I got together with my friend Tiffany for a wine night. We see each other pretty often, but usually we make workout dates, so it was nice to chill, talk, drink wine, and munch on snacks together (and not be sweating while I was with her for once!). For our wine night I whipped up a few healthy dessert-like snacks. I made almond butter date truffles and came up with this 5-ingredient honey fruit dip, which I served with fresh pineapple and strawberries.

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