Healthy & Delicious Patriotic Menu


Memorial Day Weekend traditionally marks the start of summer – the perfect time to fire-up your grill and enjoy some fun in the sun over a delicious, healthy meal.

Whether you’ll be enjoying the holiday with a cookout at the beach, picnic in the park, or a simple gathering at home, this easy holiday menu will help you spend more time with your family and friends, and less time in the kitchen! That’s because you can make much of it in advance. That way, you can quickly pull it all together for a stress-free, delicious meal!

And let’s not forget, with all the festivities, to take some time to pray for our soldiers, fly the flag, and remember those who’ve given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy!

 Healthy & Delicious Patriotic Menu

(perfect for Memorial Day, July 4th, or any day you’re feeling patriotic!)

Appealing Appetizer
Red, White & Blue Berries & Cheese Tray
(Simply cut fresh organic strawberries and your favorite white cheese.
Then arrange with fresh organic blueberries and raspberries, as shown above.)

Memorable Main Dish
Sweet-n-Spicy BBQ Chicken
(See recipe below.)

Sensational Sides
Cultured Potato Salad
Mesclun Greens w/Balsamic Dressing

Decadent Dessert
Patriotic Cupcakes
(The perfect grand finale to your patriotic holiday celebrations!)

This delightfully sweet-n-spicy grilled chicken is a real crowd pleaser – perfect for summertime (or anytime) BBQs with family and friends!

Sweet-n-Spicy BBQ Chicken

Ingredients:
1 cup organic all-fruit peach jam (or apricot jam)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Coconut Secret soy-free sauce (or organic soy sauce)
1 tbsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (use more if you like it extra spicy!)
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh-ground black pepper
8 organic split chicken breasts (skin-on with ribs)

Directions:
1. Preheat grill to medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk together apricot preserves, garlic, olive oil, soy-free sauce, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. (Time-Saving Tip: This delicious sweet-n-spicy glaze can be prepared in advance, making this a quick and easy recipe to toss on the grill with minimal effort.)

2. Sprinkle chicken breasts with a dash of sea salt and fresh-ground black pepper. Then, place skin side down on the grill. Cook chicken uncovered over medium heat about 6-8 minutes on each side before generously brushing the upturned side with glaze.

3. Continue cooking chicken for another 10-12 minutes, turning it every 2-3 minutes while generously brushing each upturned side with glaze every time, until the chicken is cooked through.

4. If chicken starts to get too dark before it’s cooked through, turn down the heat and move it to a cooler part of the grill to finish cooking, or turn off the grill and cover, until cooked through. Delicious! (Recipe inspired by Everyday Food.)

Blessings to you as you enjoy a nice, long weekend with your friends and family celebrating all of the blessings the Lord has provided!

Joyfully Serving Him, Kelly

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  • Laura

    How do I pin your berries and cheese picture?!?!

  • Laura

    I figured it out :P

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      Glad you figured it out, Laura! Thanks for sharing it on your Pinterest board!

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  • http://thechuppies.blogspot.com/ Kara @ The Chuppies

    Beautiful Kelly…thank you! :)

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      Thanks so much, Kara! You’re such a sweet encourager! :)

  • Debra Kapellakis

    That is Summer on a plate!

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      So true, Debra! Thank you! Blessings, Kelly :)

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  • Rogene Robbins

    Love your menu! That fruit and cheese platter is great!

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      Thanks so much for your sweet note, Rogene! Blessings, Kelly :)

  • recipeswelove1

    great ideas… I shared on FB LOVE IT

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      Thanks again!! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/AleaMilham Alea Milham

    What a delicious menu for Memorial Day and/or the 4th of July!

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      Thanks, Alea! I hope you’ll come back and check out my July 4th menu too. I guess I’m the official patriotic meal planner – LOL! :)

  • http://recipeswelove.net/ Amber @ Recipes We Love

    Hi! I found you on a blog party this morning but the funny thing is this stood out because I had just pinned from a friend on pinterest! this is really cute! Love that you also have your love for the LORD as the first thing on your about section! My son use to have a chronic neutropenia and that is when our desire to eat better and less processed foods began. My best friend who I blog with started really focusing on what they ate in her mid 20s when she was diagnosed with lupus! I am going to find your blog on FB and follow…sounds like we have several things in common! Have a great weekend!

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      Thanks, Amber! I would love to connect with you! Pop on over to my site and let’s connect! Thanks so much for your kind words! Blessings, Kelly

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  • http://articles.earthlingshandbook.org/ Becca

    I love your flag platter! My cousin likes to make a patriotic dessert with blueberries and strawberries…in Cool Whip on top of a cake-mix cake. It’s hard to enjoy delicious fresh fruit when it has super-sweet chemical goo all over it. Fruit is so good on its own!

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      LOL, Becca! You said it … cool whip isn’t food!

  • http://www.pumpkinpiepainter.blogspot.com/ Pumpkin, Pie Painter

    This looks great!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      You are so welcome! What a cute name! :)

  • http://www.therebelchick.com The Rebel Chick Jenn

    I love your little fruit and cheese platter, it’s so cute!

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      Thanks so much, Jenn! Appreciate your kind words! Blessings, Kelly

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  • http://twitter.com/apriljharris April Harris

    What a delicious menu for Memorial Day! I really like the sound of the barbecue chicken – apricot and chicken taste so good together. The healthy appetizer tray is gorgeous – wonderfully patriotic!

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      Thanks so much, April! I appreciate you taking time to leave a sweet note! Blessings, Kelly

  • Bella8696

    I made this BBQ chicken last night, and it was delicious! My family of 7 loved it! I will definitly be making this again.

    • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

      Woo Hoo, Bella! So glad you all enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Kelly

  • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

    Thanks, Kathy! It’s always fun linking-up with you! Blessings, Kelly

  • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

    Hi, Susan! Apologies, I just saw this. Thanks for posting on my site though! I’ll be posting a July 4th Holiday menu as well and will be sure to share it at your blog hop! Blessings, Kelly

  • http://www.TheNourishingHome.com/ Kelly@TheNourishingHome

    Hi, Marcie! Apologies for not seeing this sooner. Yes, I linked this up on your blog hop! Thanks for the invite! Blessings, Kelly

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  • Leatha

    Love the fruit and cheese flag, but I would use blackberries instead of blueberries, I have an allergy to blueberries.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.tangel Laura Tangel

    We had the chicken tonight and it was delicious! I honestly was a bit skeptical about fruit with chicken, but I was pleasantly surprised! Thank you for all your hard work and for making this all free!

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  • Allison Miller

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this recipe in a roundup of my favorite Fourth of July party foods! Thanks for sharing this recipe!! :) http://www.cupcakediariesblog.com/2013/06/10-fourth-of-july-party-food-ideas.html

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