BBQ Makeover

There’s nothing like a fabulous summertime BBQ…and what better way to kick off the summer than a healthy Memorial Day BBQ?  Here are a few of my favorite healthy recipes for you to try when you’re striking up the grill this weekend!


Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt and Grapes


  • 2 lbs. baking potatoes, pealed and diced
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/2 cup red seedless grapes
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces trimmed sugar snap peas
  • 1 tsp. whole grain mustard
  • 2 tbsp. lime zest
  • 2 tbsp. honey


  • Mix together and enjoy!
  • Serve chilled.


Summertime Apple n’ Bean Salad


  • 1 cup brown rice, cooled
  • 3 apples, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 cup cole slaw


  • Mix together and enjoy!
  • Serve chilled.


Bison n’ Blueberry Burgers


  • 1 lb. ground bison
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, chopped fine
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup scallions
  • 2 tsp. garlic
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free cheese, shredded
  • 4 Whole Wheat or Gluten Free rolls
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 thin slices red onion
  • 1 cup shredded collard greens
  • Salt/Pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat grill to medium/high heat
  • Combine bison, blueberries, 1/4 cup cilantro, onion, scallions, garlic, chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Mix well. Form into 4 patties
  • Combine the remaining cilantro, Greek yogurt and lime juice in a small bowl
  • Place the burgers on the grill.  Cook for about 7 minutes each side.  Top with cheese and cook until it is melted.
  • Assemble burgers onto buns; top with cilantro Greek yogurt spread, collard greens, tomato and onion.
  • Enjoy!

Zucchini Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten free flour (or Whole Wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 12 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups finely shredded zucchini
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix together egg, butter, brown sugar, honey or agave, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a separate smaller bowl.  Add this mixture to the large bowl and mix well.
  • Stir in chocolate chips, dried cranberries and zucchini. Mix well.  Use a spoon to make cookie drops onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until brown and fully cooked.

Here are a few of my other BBQ tips:

  • Use high-flavored condiments such as Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, garlic, chili powder, sun-dried tomatoes, lime/lemon zest, olives and ginger.
  • Treat yourself to a tasty ice pop made from fresh squeezed fruit juice
  • Get creative with your burgers (Bison, Turkey, Chicken, Veggie, Tofu)
  • Serve up raw veggies with hummus, guacamole and salsa for an appetizer
  • Be sure to choose whole wheat or gluten free burger buns

What are your favorite ways to celebrate Memorial Day?


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