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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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Creamy Spring Veggie & Asparagus Puree Soup [vegan]

Oh springtime, how I adore you. Gazing at all of the colors outside lately instantly puts me in a good mood. My rose bushes have been blooming like crazy, and every time I step into my backyard and see new flowers blooming, I practically squeal with delight. What can I say, I’m a dork nature lover! It’d be nice if my sinuses didn’t hurt every day from my allergies bugging out this time of the year, but I’ll focus on the good parts of spring here…

…which leads me to today’s post: a recipe ode to the lovely springtime!

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I know I’ve said it before, but I just love soup. It’s such a great way to throw a ton of veggies and goodness into one filling, nutrient dense meal.

springtime veggies

For this recipe, I incorporated a lot of different veggies. I used some herbs from my garden and played around with a few veggies that I don’t cook with all that often – including radishes. I really liked using them… radishes and herbs

…and check out that vibrant color! So pretty.

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You may be wondering, so what’s the deal with the soup being green? 

Well my friends, the broth of this soup is an asparagus puree! First, you simmer the asparagus until tender, then throw it into the food processor with coconut milk and fresh lemon, then cook all of the veggies and pasta in the puree, along with some vegetable broth.

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