Stocking up for a Memorial Day Cookout!

I can’t believe we are in the midst of May, and next weekend is Memorial Day Weekend! If you live in Indianapolis like I do, May is our month! And, it all comes to a peak next weekend with Memorial Day Weekend and the Indianapolis 500.

Gearing up for Memorial Day Weekend

Whether you are a race fan or not, Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer and usually a big weekend of grilling and hanging with friends. Green Bean has all the essentials to host a shindig of your own or to whip up a potluck-style side dish to take to a party.

My oldest son is in heaven because sweet corn and mini watermelons are back at Green Bean. These are the backbone to his summer eatin’, and they are perfect additions to a meal on the grill. My daughter is a tomato lover! Have you had the Fireworks Mix Heirloom Tomatoes from 80 Acres Farms? Beautiful and delicious! We pretend like we are going to quarter them up and add them to a dish, but instead we just eat them right out of the container. And, the slicing tomatoes from Poole Mill Produce couldn’t be a more perfect addition to your grass-fed beef or veggie burger!

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Seasonal Favorites

More springtime favorites that pair well with grilling out are asparagus from Melon Acres (IN), organic head lettuce from Tropicana Organic Family Farm (IN), organic rhubarb from Family Farm Fresh (IN), and organic strawberries. The kids are going to help me make a strawberry-rhubarb pie from scratch next weekend. I’m not the best pie maker and my kids really do like to help A LOT, so it may not turn out pretty, but with these quality ingredients it will taste divine!

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Save on Your Next Cookout

If you are like my hubs and spending the weekend at the track (or maybe you are going camping!), don’t forget to stock up on some great convenience foods like Hope Food hummus and guacamole. They are on super sale this week. Grab a bag or two of organic rainbow baby carrots (also on super sale), organic cucumbers, and organic green bell peppers to dip into your favorite flavor of hummus. It is tradition for my husband to grill up chicken and corn during his weekend at the track, so he will definitely be loading up on King’s Poultry chicken breasts which is also on super sale this week. Other grilling favorites on super sale are Smoking Goose Italian and Kitchen Sink sausages and Smoked Pork Chops.

And let’s be honest, there isn’t anything better than a Bloody Mary to start off your race day! Our personal favorite Bloody Mary mixer is McClure’s—it is light, thin and made with cucumber juice! We are pickle-in-our-bloody type of people, and we like to spice it up with Randy’s spicy dill or mustache on fire pickles!

If you are grilling out next weekend, make sure you read my Healthy Grilling Tips article! Great advice on grilling techniques to boost flavor while protecting you from harmful compounds.

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Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her on Facebook: @OrganicBeth