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Instead of the usual salsa from a jar, create an easy homemade baked dish. Layer tortilla chips in a large greased pan and sprinkle with diced onions, tomatoes, peppers, and black beans or bean dip, as well as cheese or a vegan alternative, if desired. Bake for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees and enjoy.
Create a tangy salad with a sweet and sour dressing, mixing blueberries and strawberries with various leafy greens. Sprinkle walnuts over the salad to garnish this delicious and healthy dish.
Cooking on the grill is a must for many Memorial Day parties. In addition to the usual varieties, add vegetarian options like veggie burgers or tempeh, bean paddies that can be found in some grocery stores and most natural food stores, for health-conscious or vegetarian guests. For meat-lovers, nothing beats burgers, steaks and hot dogs for this kickoff to summer.
Roast veggies like corn, potatoes, and carrots by wrapping them in foil and grilling them or placing them in a fire pit. The smoky taste makes them extra special.
A five-bean casserole provides a great alternative to canned baked beans. Use black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo and butter beans, or substitute others that you have on hand. Soak beans overnight or for the recommended time, if using dried ones, and simmer all day on the stove or in a crock pot. Add brown sugar, onions, bacon and a little salt for flavor; leave out the bacon for a vegetarian version. Most of the preparation for this dish involves waiting, so it takes little effort to create.
Memorial Day Cake
Create a Memorial Day-themed cake by placing strawberries and blueberries on a white-frosted sheet cake to look like an American flag. Guests won’t be able to resist the delicious, colorful and patriotic cake, and the fun design just might entice the kids to eat the fruit.