Healthy Cookout Dishes

Memorial Day is coming up, and though it is important to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day, this is a health and fitness blog. Let’s just be real in that you are probably going to a cook out or pot luck this weekend. I have put together some of my favorite delicious and healthy recipes for you to bring to this summer’s cook outs! As a bonus, our amazing members are in the middle of a sugar boycott, so none of these recipes have sugar!

Easy Avocado Salad

unnamedThis salad is silly easy to make, and it’s a crowd pleaser with anyone who likes avocado. It is also very filling and nutrient dense!! I like to make this for a side at home, or bring it to any kind of pot luck/bbq.


  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 C plum tomatoes quartered
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime


Cut first 3 ingredients into cubes and put into bowl. Drizzle with some olive oil (2 tbsp max). Add in salt and pepper for taste. Top with lime juice and mix!

Chicken/Zucchini Balls

You can make the more bland version (especially for kids with some pesto!) or the spicier version (it’s not ACTUALLY spicy, but it does have a small kick).

Serves: 4-5 (Makes 20 meatballs)


  • 1lb. ground chicken breast
  • 2 grated zucchini
  • 1 TBSP Oregano
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • oil for cooking


  • 1 lb ground chicken breast
  • 2 zucchini shredded (leave peel on)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1⁄2 tsp black pepper
  • 1⁄2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1⁄2 tsp chili powder
  • oil, for cooking


Toss together all ingredients.

To cook on the stovetop:

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Use small scoop or a heaped tablespoon to scoop meatballs into the pan. Cook 8-10 at a time for about 5-6 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown and the centers are cooked through.

To bake:

Drizzle a bit of oil onto a baking sheet. Scoop meatballs onto the greased pan. Drizzle a bit of additional oil over the meatballs. Bake at 400 degrees 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.

These were great with Pesto sauce! Serve over Cauliflower rice, on their own, or with anything else you want to try! These are very versatile.


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