Today is a day to remember and honor those that have served and given their lives for our country. Many of us will be outdoors, manning the barbecue grill, and pounding beers. Others will be in foreign lands, manning a combat vehicle, or pounding the pavement to keep their countrymen safe. Some may lose their lives or limb. Let’s not forget them.
My Dad served in Vietnam. While most boys were drafted to go, my father volunteered. I have the highest respect for his bravery, and am so thankful for his safe return. Today, I will honor the memory of those that sacrificed their lives.
I’m sure that Dad is going to be grilling today. My favorite childhood memories involve barbecues and get-togethers. Daddy loves to throw down on some ribs and chicken!
In honor of Dad, our Pre Memorial day dinner:
One of Dad’s favorite vegetables is the sweet potato. Sweet potato salad is a delicious alternative to traditional potato salad. Roasted sweet potatoes are even better!
Here’s my recipe:
2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, sliced into 1/2″ thick rounds
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
2-3 tablespoons of mayo
1/2 cup of sliced onion (red or Vidalia)
1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
Toss the sweet potato in about 1 tbsp. of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper
Grill on both sides for about 10 minutes, or until soft…not mushy or burned
Whisk mayo and vinegar together
Cut potatoes into cubes
Gently fold into mayo and vinegar, add onions, sunflower seeds, and cranberries
Refrigerate for about 30 minutes