Memorial Day Recipe Roundup – Paleo Approved

Am I the only one who can’t believe it’s almost Memorial Day already?! Where did the last year go? So in honor of this upcoming holiday, I’m going to jump on the same bandwagon every other food blog is on and post a list of some of my favorite Memorial Day recipes! It was fun going through my archives and taking a look at some of the recipes I’ve made over the past year. Pick a couple of these and you’ll have a fabulous (Paleo approved!) picnic for friends and family alike!

memorial day

Small Bites/Appetizers

kicked up broccoli slaw | 

Chicken Salad Deviled Eggs

Kicked Up Broccoli Salad Slaw

Chili Lime Spiced Cashews

Curried Egg Salad in Romaine Cups

Entree/Main Course

summer gazpacho |

Crab Stuffed Chicken Thighs Wrapped in Bacon


Tropical Shrimp Skewers

Napa Chicken Salad

Summer Gazpacho

Grilled Chicken with Paleo Peach BBQ Sauce


double berry coconut popsicles |

Double Berry Coconut Popsicles

Grain and Dairy Free Zucchini Brownies


blueberry lemon ice tea |

Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea

Strawberry Lime Mocktails

Tropical Shrimp Skewers

Nothing says “summer” like grilled shrimp kebabs, am I right?

tropical shrimp skewers |

True to East Coast form, we went directly from frozen tundra to middle of summer without any hint of spring. Last week temperatures crept into the upper eighties and the humidity has been full blown, but our electric bill is less than half of what it was in the dead of winter, so you won’t hear me complaining! (…much)

My favorite part about the warmer weather is being able to stand outside and grill in flip flops and short sleeves. Notice I didn’t say “my favorite part about the warmer weather is being able to grill,” because if you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time you know that The Husband and I have been known to grill in the middle of a snowstorm. But I have to be honest, I find it so much more enjoyable when my UGGS are not required.

spring grilling |

The most time consuming part about this recipe is chopping your vegetables and constructing the skewers – once they’re on the grill they don’t take long at all to cook! For these we used my favorite uncooked Argentinian red shrimp (compliments of Trader Joe’s when they have it in stock), green and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, grape tomatoes, pineapple, and mango. Once we made our skewers we sprinkled them with a hint of Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning to add a little heat to our sweet, and tossed our skewers on the grill for a couple of minutes!


tropical shrimp skewers |

These skewers could very well serve as a meal in their own right, but we went one better and served them up with a perfectly juicy grilled steak and the leftover zucchini slices that didn’t fit on our skewers. Yum. I heart summer grilling.

tropical shrimp skewer dinner |

Tropical Shrimp Skewers

serves: four

prep time: 20 minutes

cook time: 5-10 minutes


1 pound uncooked shrimp

1 green pepper, cut into chunks

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks

1 zucchini, sliced into half moons

1-2 cups grape tomatoes

1 mango, cut into chunks

1-2 cups fresh pineapple chunks

Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning (to taste)

Olive Oil


Preheat your grill to high. Create your skewers by alternating shrimp, vegetables, and fruit chunks. Toss lightly with olive oil and creole seasoning. Grill the skewers about 7-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until shrimp is opaque and vegetables are crisp-tender. Enjoy!

tropical shrimp skewers |

Simple Homemade Chicken (or pork) Soup

The first time I created this soup it took me maybe 10 minutes to prepare and it turned out to be the best thing I ate all week.

simple chicken soup |

In an effort to cut down on our grocery bill and maybe save a little money, I’ve been trying to use up the odds and ends in our freezer/fridge/pantry. The day this soup came to be the contents of our fridge consisted of:

1. one handful sad, wilted spinach

2. 2 lemons

3. a tupperware container of diced chicken breast

4. 2 eggs

5. the Brita filter.

Seriously. We had just returned from a few days away and I hadn’t yet gone grocery shopping. So a quick perusal of our pantry resulted in a container of dried shitake mushrooms that I have no recollection of purchasing, and I had homemade bone broth in the freezer.

simple chicken soup |

Voila! I tossed the spinach into a bowl and dumped my frozen broth into a pot on the stove. Once it started to heat up, I added the chicken and some mushrooms until heated through. At the very end I added an egg and a couple shakes of cayenne pepper and poured the soup directly into the bowl to wilt the spinach.

Cheap, easy, and absolutely delicious!

I made this for the second time recently, except instead of diced chicken I added a small handful of crock pot pork carnitas and omitted the mushrooms – which is the soup pictured in this post. The beauty of this soup is that you can really add whatever you want and it will create incredible flavor. An added bonus? The bone broth is chock full of nourishing minerals that are good for the body and soul – perfect for fighting that spring cold!

simple chicken soup |

Simple Homemade Chicken (or pork) Soup

serves one


2-3 cups homemade bone broth

1 handful spinach

4 ounces diced chicken breast, shredded chicken or pork, or cooked shrimp – any protein will do!

1 egg

salt, pepper, cayenne pepper

Optional Add-ins: dried or fresh mushrooms, bean sprouts, fresh cilantro or parsley (feel free to experiment!)


Set your spinach in a single serve bowl and set aside. On the stove heat your bone broth and protein until heated through. Once hot, drop in the egg and stir slowly until the egg is set to your liking – no more than one minute. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Top with additional add-ins if using.