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Dig out your red, white and blue clothes, pull the grill out from the shed and get grocery shopping- Memorial Day is only days away! Amidst honoring those who have died in service and the annual parades, it’s also time to plan that family cookout. Take a look at some of these great recipes for delicious summer dishes.

 

 

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Simple Sides

To get your cookout started, check out some of these recipes that put a twist on classic summer side dishes! Try our recipe for Lemon Mustard Potato Salad. With seasoned red potatoes atop a bed of flavorful arugula, this recipe lightens up the typical potato salad. For another side, make our Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad, complete with fresh cilantro, corn chips and a creamy dressing. You can also take a look at this recipe for Boston Baked Beans, another cook out favorite with a mix of salty bacon, hearty beans and a sweet molasses sauce.

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Grilled Goods

Clean the grill, refill the propane tank and then check out some of these great recipes for grilling! Stray away from the usual hotdogs and instead, try our recipe for Honey Dijion Drumsticks– crispy grilled chicken basted in a sweet and tangy homemade mustard sauce. While the drumsticks will be a great addition to your cookout, it isn’t truly Memorial Day until you grill some burgers! Use our recipe for Jalapeño Cheese Stuffed Burgers to spice it up or try our recipe for Feta and Spinach Turkey Burgers for a healthier option that is light in calories, yet still full of flavor. Have vegetarian friends or family members? Grill them up some of our Chipotle Black Bean Burgers, packed with nutrients and lots of legumes! If you’re still looking for another main dish to complete your Memorial Day spread, try this recipe for Sirloin Kabobs. Marinate thick chunks of steak (or chicken) overnight, then thread the meat onto skewers with pieces of green pepper, onion, mushroom, tomatoes, etc. While the kabobs might take a little bit longer to prepare, they offer a variety of small bites to guests that aren’t up for a big burger.

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Patriotic Pastries

Whether you’re attending a cookout or hosting your own, show off your patriotic spirit with some of these yummy and creative dessert recipes! Try our recipe for Red, White & Blueberry Pie, full of fresh berries and topped with cut-out pie crust stars. Continue the fruit desserts with this recipe for All American Trifle. Layer cubes of pound cake, berries and homemade lemon whipped cream for an easy, yet heavenly dessert. But, if fruit just isn’t going to cut it when it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth, then check out this recipe for Ice Cream Sandwich Cake that combines ice cream sandwiches, whipped cream, hot fudge and caramel to make one very sweet and very satisfying summer dessert.

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Delicious Drinks

Although it’s only May, we all know that the weather can turn incredibly hot in no time. Try some of these drink recipes that will quench your thirst and keep you cool at the same time! Stay with the Memorial Day theme and make The Rocket, a red, white and blue icy drink that mimics the look and flavors of a classic bomb Popsicle. For a less patriotic, yet equally tasty alcoholic beverage, try this recipe for Vodka Raspberry Lemonade! And if you’re looking for a unique drink for the kiddos, try this Lemon Berry Slushy recipe.

 

Enjoy your Memorial Day, but first head to your local Sparkle Market to find all of the fresh ingredients that you need to make your cookout a success!

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