Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

I love 3 day weekends, don’t you? It’s a nice time to connect with family and friends and initiate the BBQ/Grill for summer! I remember having a big family picnic at a park with lots of family and friends and having so much fun and delicious food. Why does food seem to taste so much better outside?

I’ve posted some delicious recipes that are something that everyone can eat and enjoy regardless of any food sensitivities or special diets! Even Vegans will be happy and we will surprise the meat eaters too!

Speaking of meat, you may give Bison/Buffalo a try instead of Beef. It is lower in calories than chicken breast and higher in iron than beef and no Mad Cow disease! Bison is free range and be sure it is grass fed, not just grass finished. It tastes like beef, shh don’t tell anyone and they will just think it is the best burger or NY steak they have ever had! Just don’t cook it well done, I recommend medium well or less. MMM, okay now I need to grill a Bison Burger with caramelized onions, chipotle aioli and micro-arugala on a gluten-free bun!

Hey Trader Joe’s now has new Gluten-free Buns under their own brand that taste very good. My favorite is still  Manini’s Burger Buns if you can find them. Canyon Bakehouse Focaccia is bursting with herb flavor. If you need an Egg-free/Yeast-free bun or bread you have to try SRSLY Sourdough made in San Francisco. It is so good, and does need to be toasted or grilled to finish the cooking. WOW it is so delicious I cannot keep it in our house for more than 2 days! I found it in the refrigerator at Staff of Life in Santa Cruz, Whole Foods Campbell and Bi-Rite Markets San Francisco!

So, get your tongs and spatulas out and bring along your blender for a fun cook out!

Remember to wash your utensils with soap and water after they have touched any raw meat before you use them to remove the food off the grill or pan and put it onto a clean plate or platter.

Keep all food cold by serving small portions and keeping it in a cooler. Here is my favorite tip: use a block of dry ice in your cooler b/c it will stay cool for 24 hours and hopefully help you avoid any food borne illness!

You can fill your platters and bowls with ice and cover them with plastic wrap and then put the food on top, especially grilled shrimp and mayonnaise based salads and things that are perishable. Otherwise, put the food in the cooler within 30 minutes of serving so it will stay under 40degrees. Did you know that bacteria multiplies rapidly between the temperatures of 40 degrees-140 degrees? So, keep it above or below that range to stay happy and healthy!

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you do, and do what will make you happy & healthy! I’m off to go wine tasting along with a big bottle of water!

Go to http://nowheatnodairynoproblem.com/recipes/

for recipes for the weekend and all summer

  • Grilled Artichokes with homemade Mayonnaise/Aioli/Pesto Mayo etc…or use Grapeseed Veganaise and mix in what you like(garlic, pesto, chipotle etc…)
  • Grilled Portabello Mushrooms with Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Ethnic Veggie Burgers
  • Grilled Peaches
  • Homemade Soft Serve Blender Ice Cream

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