Memorial Day 2015: Recipes for hosting a cookout on a budget

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By: Kara Berg
kberg@elkharttruth.com

John Krzesinski

With Memorial Day fast approaching, you’re probably on the watch for easy recipes to make for your big cookout—or bring to a friend’s.

Because Memorial Day is considered to be the unofficial start of summer, these recipes are sure to make the party feel just like a summer soiree. 

CORN SALSA
From The Beauty Bean, Alexis Wolfer.

Ingredients

  • 2 14-oz. cans of black beans
  • 2 14-oz. cans of sweet corn
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 package of cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper
  • (Optional) Avocado, sliced

Directions

  1. Rinse the corn and beans, drain and pour them into a large serving bowl
  2. Dice the red onion and cut the tomatoes in half. Add to bowl. 
  3. Add avocado if desired
  4. Drizzle all with olive oil and squeeze limes into the bowl
  5. Add chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper
  6. Mix it all up and serve with meat, fish or chips

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DOUG’S LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN KEBABS
From $5 Dinner, Erin Chase

Ingredients

  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini
  • Red peppers
  • Chicken (cut into chunks and marinated in lemon, pepper and olive oil) 

For the tzatziki sauce:

  • 2 cups plain yogurt (drained through coffee filter to remove extra moisture)
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • ½ cup grated, seedless cucumber
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Directions

  1. Chop vegetables to roughly uniform chunks and skewer on kebabs with marinated chicken, then grill.
  2. For tzatziki sauce: Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve
  3. Dip or drizzle kebabs in tzatziki sauce before serving

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RED, WHITE AND BLUE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
From All Recipes, Tara Salerno

Ingredients:

  • 1 18¼-oz. package of yellow cake mix
  • 1 8-oz. container frozen whipping topping, thawed
  • 1 pint blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed, drained and sliced

Directions:

  1. Make cake according to directions on package
  2. Bake in 9-by-13-inch pan and cool completely
  3. Frost cake with whipped topping
  4. Arrange blueberries in square at top left corner and strawberries in stripes to make the American flag
  5. Chill until serving

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