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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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Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Brownies [vegan]

Who’s in the mood for some dessert?

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If you have a sweet tooth like me, you read that and thought it was a trick question.. When could I not go for dessert?!

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I’m excited because today’s post is in celebration of Izzy from She Likes Food. Izzy is expecting a baby boy, and some other blogging ladies and I are throwing her a virtual baby shower to celebrate!

I’m “bringing” a chocolatey crowd pleaser to the party. I don’t think I’ve ever met a soul who doesn’t like brownies, and today’s recipe takes a twist on classic brownies.

Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

It all started when my first Thrive Market order recently arrived. For anyone not familiar with them, Thrive Market is an online food delivery service that offers lots of organic, healthy products for cheaper than you typically see in stores. I’ve seen the CEO speak at a few events, love their mission to make healthy living easy and accessible for every American family, and I had been meaning to order through them for quite awhile.

When complimentary annual memberships kept coming my way, I finally joined and placed my first order. My box contained some of my current favorite foods, including Enjoy Life chocolate and Justin’s hazelnut butter.

Thrive Market delivery

I immediately became obsessed with the hazelnut butter. While I’ve loved Justin’s nut butters for quite awhile, I hadn’t bought a jar of theirs in a bit, and this purchase reminded me of my love for chocolate hazelnut butter.

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Brownies {vegan}

It’s Friday in mid-December, so it’s only right that we celebrate with a holiday-ish dessert recipe, am I right?
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I am pretty excited about this recipe my friends! I have been mildly obsessed with the combination of chocolate + mint all year long, but it’s gone into overdrive over the past month. Mint is a holiday season favorite, and let’s be honest: chocolate is a favorite every damn day.
Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

I’m also psyched about this recipe because I’ve been craving brownies for awhile now, and when I finally came up with a brownie recipe, it was a yummy success… a vegan success at that! There are no eggs or dairy in this recipe whatsoever. Although I eat dairy sometimes, I wanted to challenge myself with coming up with a vegan brownie recipe. And this is my first EVER brownie recipe posted on the blog!

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