It’s official. With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, it is finally barbeque season. For those of us on perpetual diets (or just health-conscious), Memorial Day weekend can be the start of a downward spiral. We break out our fatty, sauce-drenched meats, mayo-based sides and greasy chips in the name of summer. Those of us on a plant-based diet can be just as guilty. Soaking jack fruit in a vegan-friendly sauce and slapping it on a burger bun might have less saturated fat than pulled pork, but it definitely isn’t low in carbs. 🙂 Even junk food classics like Frito’s and Oreo’s make the “accidentally vegan” list.
If you are looking for some last minute healthy recipes for a potluck or a barbeque this weekend, look no further. These 10 healthy Memorial Day recipes are all under 350 calories per serving. I’ve included entrees, side dishes and hearty appetizers. No boring salads or veggie trays here!
At 155 calories per 2 mushrooms, these creamy hummus, spinach and roasted red pepper stuffed mushrooms are a dairy-free and vegan healthy appetizer. Looking for gluten-free or Paleo? Swap the plain panko breadcrumbs for a gluten-free variety. Just make sure that the gluten-free panko does not contain milk products if you are dairy-free.
These mock Doritos are both vegan and gluten-free. Despite the cool ranch flavor, they do not contain any dairy. At 271 calories for about 24 chips, these have 30 less calories than the original version. While it is not much of a calorie saver, this dairy-free version has 9 fewer grams of fat than Cool Ranch Doritos.
These delicious carrot “fries” are paleo-friendly, Whole 30 approved and vegan. At 166 calories and 5 grams of protein per serving, they definitely meet the challenge for a healthy memorial day fry recipe. Not feeling the curry sauce? Check out this chipotle Greek yogurt aoili. While it isn’t dairy-free, it is a great alternative to a mayo-based sauce.
Need a low carb burger bun? These avocado “oopsie bread” buns are only 254 calories. With less than 1 gram of net carbs for every 5 g of protein, they are a filling alternative to a wheat or potato bun. The author recommends making them right before you eat them, otherwise they can get a little dense.
This hummus-based buffalo flavored dip is a much healthier version of a buffalo chicken dip. While not written as a dairy-free or vegan recipe, you can omit the cheese or substitute some nutritional yeast. 1/4 of a portion of this dip has 279 calories and almost 12 grams of protein.
These mouth watering pulled portobello sandwiches come in at just under 350 calories. Be careful here– the type of pretzel bun you choose can vary greatly in calories. This vegetarian alternative to a bbq pulled pork sandwich is not vegan, but you can omit the feta cheese if you are looking for something that is dairy-free.
This low carb alternative to traditional potato salad combines Greek yogurt with cauliflower for a lightened-up version. A one cup serving weighs in at only 96 calories and had 5 grams of net carbs and 7 grams of protein.
This easy to make barbeque chicken spaghetti squash uses only 6 ingredients. Even with some light ranch dressing, one serving is only 221 calories.
A Memorial Day bbq list wouldn’t be the same without some type of veggie burger. This quinoa and kale burger is full of veggie protein. At 261 calories, it has almost 10 grams of protein.
This vegetarian version of a sloppy Joe weighs in at only 158 calories per serving (before the bun). The recipe includes a simple vinegar based barbeque sauce with no tomato based products.