One easy way to help: Do you have clothing you no longer fit in? Consider donating it to Vietnam Veterans of America. The donations are sold in thrift stores across America to help fund programs for veterans of all eras.
Here's some favorite protein packed Memorial Day weekend recipes to kick off the unofficial beginning of Summer. They are all weight loss surgery friendly but your loved ones (including the kiddos) should enjoy them as well.
Build Your Own Slider
Shelly's Quinoa Patties (for your vegetarian friends and family, make extra non-vegetarian pals will love them too)
Kabobs and Skewers
Shelly's Caprese Chicken
These next 2 are great to take to the park (no mayo to spoil) or parade watching. I love to use those take-out chinese food containers to transport, just remember to bring a fork.
Shelly's Greek Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad
1 English or Hothouse Cucumber, spiralized
Salt to taste
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
a few Kalamata olives, chopped
a few dashed of Oregano
Optional: Top whatever protein you want I used Grilled Chicken but would be great with Grilled Shrimp, Steak.
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar or Fresh Squeezed Lemon
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
a few twists of Black Pepper
If you have a spiralizer, use it to cut the cucumber into "noodles" if you don't have one get one, you won't regret this purchase especially this summer. You can use a julienne peeler but it will give you strips instead. Not nearly as cool.
Sprinkle cucumber "noodles" with salt and let sit in the fridge about 10 minutes. Drain any water. Toss with veggies and dressing. Top with optional grilled protein.
Don't be afraid of carbs... I don't eat bread, pasta or rice, the simple white carbs (my personal choice) but I eat a nice amount of complex carbs a day, I just choose them wisely. Beans full of nutrients and fiber versus pasta for example...
Shelly's Award Winning Jazzy New Orleans Muffaleta Salad
Shelly's Baked Bean Casserole
Shelly's Bacon Cheeseburger Deviled Eggs
A few desserts...
Shelly's Red, White & Blue Strawberry Cannoli
Shelly's Red, White & Blue Layered Protein Cake Jars
Shelly's Farmer's Market Berry Crumble
Shelly's Mini Almond Protein Muffin Strawberry Shortcakes
Need more ideas...
More Healthy Salads
More Eggface Bento Box Portable Meals
More Bariatric Surgery Friendly Desserts
I hope everyone has a healthy and safe Memorial Weekend!
"Enjoy the little things, for one day, you may look back and realize they were the big things."