Memorial Day symbolizes the start of the summer season for many of us, even if the official start of isn’t for another month. The official U.S. holiday when we honor those who have died in active military service is also a day to celebrate the freedom and friendship that they sacrificed their lives for and give thanks for the onset of another season of outdoor enjoyment. And what better way to do that than with a Memorial Day picnic sourced from the gardens we started in last month’s blog.
To maintain a healthy lifestyle, the Food and Drug Administration advises that we eat at least 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, including a variety of dark-green, red, and orange vegetables, beans, and peas. So, we’ve sources a number of online recipes that take advantage of the greens you might have in your Smile Gardens and combine them with the freshest vegetables of the season, creating a feast of goodness and gratitude. Enjoy!
Superstar Spinach Salad is a unique combination of garden spinach and fresh cantaloupe that creates a unique sweet and savory salad dish.
Cranberries, goat cheese and almonds elevate spinach to main dish salad status in this recipe from Ocean Spray.
The Classic Spinach Salad with bacon and hardboiled eggs still provides the perfect balance of dark leafy greens and protein required for a heart-healthy meal.
Give Kale a seat at the grown up table as a slaw partner with bar-b-que.
Like Beth, the obsessed Nashville local food blogger at Eat. Drink. Smile., we are obsessed with the Parmesan Kale Salad at Kayne Prime. So we were thrilled when she hunkered down to recreate the recipe so we could have it whenever the mood strikes.
Bok Choy is in season right now in Tennessee and this oriental-inspired recipe puts the sweet green center stage.
Chinese Cabbage is another leafy green abundantly available in Tennessee at this time of year. This Chinese Cabbage Coleslaw is a tangy alternative that goes great with bar-b-que.
Healthy teeth are also in season. Make an appointment to get your regular cleaning by calling is today at (615) 790-8494 for an appointment.