Memorial Day is a day we honor the men and women who have lost their lives serving our country. It’s a great time to be thankful for the freedoms we have, and to share that gratitude with family and friends! Since everyone’s off work and the kids are out of school, Memorial Day is the perfect day to kick off summer with a backyard cookout! Try out these recipes this year for healthier alternatives that will highlight the fresh flavors of summer!
Rosemary Balsamic Chicken Kabobs
2 lbs chicken, cut into 1 in cubes
⅓ cup olive oil
⅔ cup balsamic vinegar
4 drops Rosemary Vitality essential oil
2 drops Black Pepper Vitality essential oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp coconut aminos
Vegetables for the kabobs: mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, and cherry tomatoes
Add chicken and all ingredients except the vegetables to a bowl. Toss to mix the ingredients together and make sure the marinade covers the chicken. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator overnight, 12-24 hours.
Prep your vegetables by cutting them into ½ inch slices or halving them to fit onto the kabob sticks.
Assemble your kabobs by alternating between each type of vegetable and the chicken. Either cook on your grill, or in a large skillet on your stove top, about 5 minutes on each side, until the chicken is cooked through.
Mint Lime Fruit Salad
2 cups pineapple, diced
1 cup grapes, halved
2 cups strawberries, quartered
1 cup blueberries
2 kiwis, peeled & diced
1 banana, sliced
16 drops Lime Vitality essential oil
4 drops Orange Vitality essential oil
1-2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup water
Add all ingredients, except the banana, to a large bowl. Toss the fruit in the dressing so it’s all well-mixed. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Add banana right before you serve to prevent browning. Optional to top with coconut yogurt for a creamy addition!
Sparkling Strawberry Citrus Spritzer
2 cup ripe strawberries, sliced
2 lemons, juiced
8 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil
4 drops Lime Vitality essential oil
32 ounces sparkling water
Muddle the strawberries, lemon juice, and vitality oils in a large pitcher.
When you’re ready to serve, pour in the sparkling water and mix well!
Tangy Summer Marinade
¾ cup olive oil
½ cup tamari sauce
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
2 drops Orange Vitality essential oil
Combine all ingredients and pour over meat in a shallow glass bowl or baking pan.
Cover and refrigerate for 1–4 hours before grilling.
Discard marinade after use.