The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • A Lightened-Up Memorial Day Menu

  • Take your Memorial Day barbecue to new heights with a lighter twist on timeless dishes.
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  • Memorial Day is the perfect occasion to revel in the advent of warm weather and dine al fresco on your backyard deck. But unfortunately, most Memorial Day mainstays (think burgers, hot dogs and the like) aren't exactly diet-friendly. At your backyard bash this weekend, fire up the grill and impress your guests with this fresh, imaginative menu of better-for-you summertime favorites. From veggie burgers to pasta salad to red-white-and-blue cupcakes, these healthy menu options make it easy to stay patriotic—sans the weight gain. Grilled Veggie Burgers  Made with a hearty blend of ground oats, veggies, nuts and seeds, these homemade veggie burgers actually hold up on the grill. Grilled Veggie Burgers Portobello Sausage Burgers  A great low-carb option, these pizza-inspired sausage burgers sit atop a portobello mushroom bun. Grilled Portobello Sausage Burgers Tandoori Chicken Skewers  Fragrant tandoori spices elevate basic chicken skewers to new heights of flavor. Tandoori Chicken Skewers Strawberry-Almond Shrimp Salad  This summery salad is brimming with fresh fruit, plump shrimp, and almonds. Strawberry-Almond Shrimp Salad Chickpea Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette  This refreshing vegetarian bean salad is infused with lemon and mint. Chickpea Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad  This fresh pasta salad is spiked with seasonal veggies and a zingy lemon-mint dressing. Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad Grilled Corn with Basil and Gorgonzola  Grilled corn gets gourmet with a crumbled gorgonzola and basil topping. Grilled Corn with Basil and Gorgonzola Blue Velvet Cupcakes with Strawberry Drizzle  These blue velvet cupcakes are not only patriotic, but healthy to boot. Blue Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting and Strawberry Drizzle This article originally appeared as on Spry Living
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