Remembering With A BBQ On Memorial Day

Remembering With A BBQ On Memorial Day

In the northern hemisphere summer officially starts the 20th or 21st of June until the first day of the autumn equinox. But for many in the USA Memorial Day kicks off the summer for many, if not for all residence.

History notes that the first Memorial Day June 3, 1861 in Warrenton, Virginia. The first widely-publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War, was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. In that same year, 1865 the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for those who died and were enlisted in the Union Army.

decorating grave site with flowers

May 30th was the official chosen date to celebrate the fallen war veterans, and as the custom was and is to decorate the grave sites with flowers, in 2010 Barack Obama stated that May 30th was selected as an appropriate date to memorialize all who have died while in the armed forces, as it coincides with the time when flowers are in bloom.

Flaming Empty BBQ Grill Many will stay at home, fly or drive to visit loved ones and friends or maybe go to a national park this Memorial Day weekend.

It’s only appropriate to get the grill fired up, as you can’t come together for good conversation and remembering times past without a good plate of food in your hand.

Here at Splendid Recipes and More, we have a few recipe suggestions to BBQ on your grill.

Bacon Wrapped Garlic Lemon Stuffed Chicken Breast

Bacon Wrapped Garlic Lemon Stuffed Chicken Breast

This recipe is baked in the oven, but can be BBQ on the grill.

Just heat your grill, closing the lid to contain the heat.

Place the bacon wrapped chicken breast in an aluminum container and place that on the heated grill.

Keep in mind the meat will cook faster on the BBQ grill than in your electric oven.

 BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable Platter

BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable PlatterIf your planing a trip to the park to BBQ, just cut the vegetables ahead of time at home, as well as prepare the dipping sauce.

 Mediterranean BBQ Chicken

Mediterranean BBQ Chicken and a side of Garlic Lemon Vegetables

 BBQ Beef and Sweet Pepper Fajitas

BBQ Beef and Sweet Pepper Fajitas

You can also make some tacos on the grill with Mexican Marinated Steak Fajitas

Marinated Steak Fajitas

 

If you don’t have a menu planned yet, we hope you enjoy these selections as part of your Memorial Day BBQ? If you have a planned menu for your BBQ, share it with us in the comment section below.

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Grilled Chicken and Orange Skewers

Grilled Chicken and Orange Skewers

Do you know the history of barbecuing? According to Hearth, Patio, and the Barbecue Association, “There is no definitive history about how the word “barbecue” originated – or why it’s sometimes used as a noun, verb, or adjective.

Some say the Spaniards get the credit for the word, derived from their “barbacoa” which is an American-Indian word for the framework of green wood on which foods were placed for cooking over hot coals. Others think the French were responsible, offering the explanation that when the Caribbean pirates arrived on our Southern shores, they cooked animals on a spit-like devise that ran from “whiskers to tail” or “de barbe a` queue’ (HPBA).

Here some BBQ Trivia from the HPBA:

1. The most popular holidays for barbecuing in the USA are: July 4th (71%), Memorial Day (57%), and Labor Day (55%).

2. The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are: burgers (85%), steak (80%), hot dogs (79%) and chicken (73%).

3. The side dishes most commonly prepared on the grill are, in order, corn (41%), potatoes (41%), and other vegetables (32%).

4. The most popular flavors of barbecue sauce are hickory, followed by mesquite, honey, and then spicy-hot.

With that said, here is our feature BBQ recipe, “Grilled Chicken and Orange Skewers”, and here is what you will need:

1 ¼ lbs. boneless chicken thighs; skinless*

1 red onion; small*

1 navel orange; medium*

1 tbsp. olive oil

½ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

 

Soak 8 small wooden skewers in water for at least 15 minutes; doing so will keep skewers from catching fire, if you have metal skewers with wooden handles, even better. There is no need to soak the metal ones.

In a large bowl, toss the chicken, onion and orange with the oil, cumin, cayenne, ¾ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. black pepper. Allow mixture in bowl to set 20 to 30 minutes. Letting flavors penetrate meat. Mean time heat you’re outside grill.

Thread meat mixture onto the skewers. Spray with olive oil and lightly spray grill. Place skewers on grill, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and the onion is just tender; about 15 to 18 minutes.

*cut thighs and onion into 1 ½ -inch pieces; do not peel orange, wash and cut up into 16 pieces; also you can use chicken breast in place of thighs

Plate and serve.

If you want to replace the thighs with chicken breast you can do so. The chicken breast is leaner meat, and many like to shy away from the dark meat, believing it has more fat content.

But keep this in mind about the thighs: They contain iron and zinc, which provide more energy for you to work out or exercise, for longer periods. Furthermore, the protein is useful for feeding and building muscle.

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Ginger Chicken and Pineapple Salad

Ginger Chicken and Pineapple Salad

Do you know what carotenoid‘s are, and they do for you? They are antioxidants that make vitamin A, reduce inflammation in the body, and also protect your heart, help with pre-mature aging, and they are great for savaging free radicals. Most of the carotenoid’s offer ample cancer prevention.

There are over 30 different members of the carotenoid nutrient family. There are only two vegetables, will actually fruits that have 2/3 of these carotenoids in their flesh. They are tomatoes and sweet bell peppers.

Bell peppers have been found to be a valuable source for healthy skin, as well as giving elasticity to your collagen, because of the sulfur compounds they contain.

As for the ginger root it contains vitamins A, C, E, B-complex, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium, beta-carotene and high in potassium. Because of these trace minerals found in this little root, it is good for muscle function, circulation, and cardiovascular care.

Our featured recipe contains red and yellow sweet peppers, plus ginger root, and this is what you need to prepare it:

ingredients for Ginger Chicken and Pineapple salad

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 tbsp. ginger, fresh grated

2 gloves, elephant garlic minced

¼ white onion, sliced into 5 rings

1 red pepper, cut julienned

1 yellow pepper, cut julienned

6 pineapple rings, about ¼ of a fresh pineapple; cut ½ inch thick and diced

Preheat oven 350 degrees

 

cooking instructions for Ginger Chicken and Pineapple Salad

Cook the chicken till it is oblique, no longer pink and is 165 degrees internal temperature. You can choice to BBQ, broil, or bake the chicken breasts.

The illustrations 1 and 2 of this image is not on a BBQ grill, but being cooked in a Pro Nu Wave counter top oven.

After shredding chicken, set aside.

sliced red and yellow caspsicum peppers

In a large salad bowl mix ginger, garlic, onion slices and peppers; making sure to incorporate well after each addition. Next mix in diced pineapple; add cooled shredded chicken. Pour balsamic vinegar onto chicken mixture and mix in well. Just to let you know this is a cold chicken salad.

 

cutting cilantro with kitchen shears

It’s optional to sprinkle fresh chopped cilantro over the salad. You could also use parsley if you want, though it doesn’t add or have the distinct flavor that cilantro has. Here we are using kitchen shears to cut cilantro into small pieces and spread out over the salad.

Ginger Chicken and Pineapple Salad

Plate, serve and enjoy!!

 

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