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13 Healthy Recipes for Memorial Day


Dust off the grill and picnic tables, and get summer unofficially started with one or several of these 13 Healthy Recipes for Memorial Day weekend!

Summer is just around the corner and seemingly Memorial Day is the first unofficial gathering of the summer without it actually being summer. While it’s not quite pool weather in most parts, it is warmer and we’re all craving grilled food and lighter fare – including drinks and desserts too. Anyone else? Are things less busy? Ha! Not really. In fact, this may actually ramp up the busy-ness factor for you, but we’re here to offer recipes and meal ideas that not only keep things healthy and easy – they also won’t break the bank.

Recipes for Memorial Day weekend…and beyond!

Whether it’s this upcoming Memorial Day holiday or just a family or friend get-together, skip the pre-made sides and party platters from the deli and instead fix up one or several of the following recipes. From burgers and salads to drinks and dessert, we’re confident your crowd will love them all – and ask for the recipes after!

Grilled Bacon Burgers

Banish burger boredom with one special ingredient – bacon IN the burger! This drool-worthy recipe is going to be a hit at your next BBQ!

Grilled burger topped with mushroom, tomato and onions and wrapped in lettuce leaf on a white plate with a pickle spear on the side.

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef

Whether you’re feeding a crowd or meal prepping for the week ahead, this is one of the easiest and tastiest slow cooker meals when you’re short on time!

White bowl of bbq shredded beef garnished with onions. With plated bbq beef stuffed sweet potato in background

Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Kebabs

Grilling kebabs and summer go hand in hand! And you definitely can’t go wrong with these flavor-packed sweet and savory chicken kebabs!

Chicken kebabs with peppers, pineapple, and onions with lime slice garnish on baking sheet.

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

Craving BBQ ribs, but don’t have the time to stand around the grill? We’ve got you covered. These ribs are ready in under an hour – and taste every bit as good!

Plate of cooked bbq ribs on plate on parchment paper and jar of bbq sauce in background.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

What’s a BBQ without beans?! Just plain wrong, right? The best part about this sweet and smoky comfort food side? They’re good all year round!

Bowl of baked beans with bacon chunks and herb garnish with a spoon dipped in it and blue-checker napkin around it

Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad

Sure, we love the standard potato salad, but if you’re looking to change it up and add a new flavor, this is it!

Bowl of lettuce-lined bowl filled with sweet potatoes, cauliflower salad with bacon and hard-boiled egg on side

Bacon Chive Potato Salad

Skip the pre-made deli sides and make a potato salad that makes your crowd go wild.

Lettuce-lined bowl filled with potato salad with bacon crumbled on top with potatoes and bacon in background on weathered white surface.

BBQ Ranch Chopped Salad with Brussels and Kale

This salad practically has everything except the kitchen sink! Your taste buds will rejoice when all the veggies (Brussels, carrots, kale and onions), bacon, almonds and golden raisins are tossed together with a BBQ Ranch dressing to make it over-the-top tasty!

White bowl filled with chopped salad with brussels sprouts, carrots, bacon, almonds and golden raisins with lime wedges on side

Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Give your ordinary BBQ cole slaw companion an extraordinary makeover! Not only will you fall in love with this new twist, it’s super easy and convenient to make thanks to the help of bagged broccoli slaw!

White bowl of broccoli slaw with carrots

Cucumber Basil Kombucha Mule

This healthy take on the Moscow Mule will help you cool off, kick back and relax on this holiday weekend – with or without the alcohol!

Two drinks in copper mugs filled with cucumber, mint and ice. Lime and cucumber slices resting around the,

Low-Sugar Strawberry Mojito Kombucha Cocktail

This low-sugar cocktail 0r mocktail screams summer with it’s refreshing, slightly sweet and sparkling vibe!

Iced strawberry drink shot from above with strawberry and mint-leaf garnish on top

Grain-Free Berry Crisp

Keep dessert simple and oh-so-scrumptious with this grain-free sweet treat!

Bowl and cast-iron skillet filled with berry crisp and berries scattered around

Easy No-Bake Scotcheroos

Sweet and salty for the win! With only 4 ingredients, these no bake treats are drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with a little sea salt for an irresistible sweet & salty combo.

11 scotcheroo cups placed across cooling wrap with chocolate-dipped spoon in foreground

That’s a wrap! We’d love to hear (or tag us @therealfoodrds on IG and show us) what you’re cooking this holiday weekend! Do you have any family favorites that always make an appearance?

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