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8 Patriotic Foods for Veteran’s Day Weekend

Celebrate America's heroes with festive red, white and blue foods on November 11th. These dietitian-created recipes ready for your holiday festivities.

Cheese-spreadCourtesy Toni Fiori

Beet Goat Cheese Spread with Blueberries

To get in the mood for this important day, check out how small towns honor veterans. Then plan to begin your festivities with these starters from Toni Fiori, RDN. Creamy goat cheese with antioxidant-rich beets and blueberries result in a beautiful patriotic appetizer.

SaladCourtesy Kelli Shallal

Bacon Berry Salad

You may hesitate at bacon, but you can feel better when you get to berries—after all, they’re on the list of antioxidant-rich foods you should be eating. For your salad course, nothing says red, white, and blue like this bacon berry salad from Kelli Shallal, MPH, RDN. This is a salad then even salad haters will love—because everyone loves bacon, right? Colorful blueberries and strawberries marry the sweet and savory flavors of a maple vinaigrette and bacon. The perfect way to celebrate Veteran’s Day.

Tomato-eggsCourtesy Abbie Gellman

Tomato Egg Bake

If you love eggs, here are 55 ways to enjoy them. For Veteran’s Day though, a savory breakfast awaits when you try this dish from chef Abbie Gellman, MS, RDN. Tomatoes, black beans, and eggs result in a twist on shakshuka for an economical, nutritious, and delicious start to your day.

ParfaitCourtesy Sharon Palmer

Berry Soy Yogurt Parfait

If you’re looking for a sweeter breakfast, try this vegetarian berry soy yogurt parfait from Sharon Palmer, MS, RD. With just three ingredients, it’s a quick and nutritious start to your holiday. This is a recipe anyone can throw together and be nourished for the whole morning. Soy-based foods are a great protein source for children following vegan diets.

PuddingCourtesy Lindsey Janeiro

Vanilla Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Make this super-nutritious vanilla coconut chia seed pudding from Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, the night before Veteran’s Day and your breakfast is ready to go! Chia seeds naturally thicken the coconut milk in this recipe, and you can add colorful red, white, and blue fruits for a festive breakfast.

TenderloinCourtesy Cara Harbstreet

Red, White, and Blue Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

For the main course, look no further than this decadent creation by Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD. Spicy red pepper and white pepper combined with a blueberry balsamic vinegar merge into the perfect combo for the lean pork tenderloin. Serve with steamed white cauliflower and fresh red grape tomatoes for a festive entrée on Veteran’s Day.

SkewersCourtesy Stacey Mattinson

Angel Food Berry Skewers

You can’t go wrong with strawberries—here’s a trick to make them last longer. Or you could use them up in this light and patriotic dessert, originally shared by Stacey Mattinson, MS, RD. Combine brightly colored strawberries and blueberries with angel food cake chunks for a patriotic delight. You could even let the kiddos create their own desserts.

CheesecakeCourtesy Liz Shaw

Mini Cheesecakes

For another dessert, these adorable and decadent mini cheesecakes from Liz Shaw, MS, RDN. Though they look elegant and complicated, you can make these darling desserts in 10 minutes flat. Adorn them with patriotic-colored berries, and your dessert is perfect for the Veteran’s Day celebration.

Jennifer Bowers, PhD, RD
Jennifer is a doctoral-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with nearly 25 years of experience. For the majority of her career she has focused on health care, disease prevention, and nutrition education for a range of ages—from middle school to graduate school students. In private practice, Dr. Bowers is involved in freelance writing and extracurricular nutrition clubs for children. When not working, she enjoys swimming, running, hiking, biking, camping, cooking, and reading.

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