Long Weekend Recipe Round-Up

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I don’t know about you, but I equate long weekends with a time to celebrate awesome food and drink with friends! The weather is sunny and HOT, so we hope to be outside as much as we can and also keep our meals fresh and light.

Here are some recipes that I recommend for Canada Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer gathering. The theme is light, easy, refreshing, and best of all, energizing!

1) Raw Triple Berry Crisp

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Who wants to turn on the oven when it’s already scorching? This triple berry crisp is beautiful on the eyes (and in the belly!), nutritious, and quick to throw together.

2) Weekend Glow Kale Salad 

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This is the best kale salad I’ve ever tried! It could convert even the biggest kale hater into a glowing fan. Energy in a bowl!

3) Maple Baked Beans

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A classic Canadian favorite, these maple baked beans are sweet, savoury, and amazing packed into a fluffy roll spread with pure maple butter. It’s slow-cooker friendly too!

4) Canada Day Vegan Overnight Oats

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A festive way to enjoy your Vegan Overnight Oats for breakfast!

5) High Protein Almond Berry Quinoa Salad

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A healthy, yet indulgent tasting, side dish or dessert perfect for a BBQ. This dish is a crowd pleaser! Just be careful…it vanishes quickly so you might want to make a double batch.

6) Canada Day Strawberry Cheesecake Bites (with blueberry fourth of July option)

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Patriotic finger food that is a snap to whip up.

7) Almond Butter Rice Crisp Treats

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You’ll never go back to the classic version when you taste how good these are! They also hold together well at room temperature when using brown rice syrup.

8.) Chilled Strawberry Almond Butter Soup

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Have a ton of fresh strawberries to use up? This is a perfect recipe for it.

9) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

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The perfect finger-friendly food for cookie dough lovers. If you are feeling extra crazy you can make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard!

10) Maple Grilled Peaches in a buttery caramel glaze with vegan ice cream

(making this tonight!!)

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11) Asparagus and Potato Salad 

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Love, love, love this salad. Great for a potluck or BBQ.

12) Gazpacho

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I used to be afraid of chilled soups…until I tried this easy Gazpacho! I’m now a fan and will enjoy this recipe all summer long.

13) Lightened Up Protein Power Goddess Bowl 

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One of my fav. salads of all time. Very filling, yet light enough for summer.

14) Salt and Vinegar Chips and Green Beans

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I first made homemade S & V chips last summer and we just fell in love with them. They would probably work great on a BBQ too.

15) Back on Track Wheatberry Salad

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This salad will NEVER get old…one of the most popular on the blog to date!

16) Apple Cupcakes 

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An idea from Martha, these cute apple cupcakes are so fun and versatile. You can dress them up any way you like! I love them with nut butter and granola sprinkled on top.

Now where is that chef fairy when you need one? I better finish prepping as our friends will be arriving soon.  Happy Canada Day and long weekend =) 

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 1, 2011

As if these weren’t mouth watering enough in their own individual posts, all combined I’m drooling!
Happy Canada Day!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2011

Chef fairy is that you??! ;)

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kaila @ healthy helper! July 1, 2011

I’m salivating. I WANT EVERYTHING! It all looks so delicious!!!!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg July 1, 2011

I was actually planning on making the back on track wheatberry salad for a get together we are going to this weekend — it looks so delicious!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 1, 2011

Ohhhhhmmmmyyyygodddd.

This: Maple Grilled Peaches in a buttery caramel glaze with vegan ice cream

I made dark rum caramel sauce (blogged about it) earlier in the week and showed it with apples but since then have been dipping peaches in it. So.Good.

And I was thinking about grilling some fruit, too! I love grilled or baked fruit. And with maple. To die for!

Happy Canada Day and LOVE this whole spread, Angela! Wow!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2011

Oh yes rum will be added to the sauce!

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Anna Crouch July 1, 2011

Oh my!!! The baked beans look PERFECT! I need to make a side dish for a BBQ this weekend, and that looks like it was satisfy vegans and meat eaters alike! I’m sure there won’t be too many veggie dishes there (and especially not vegan) so I must come prepared! Looks awesome!

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Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks July 1, 2011

The wheatberry salad really is a winner…I’ve made it TWICE in the last two weeks! :D

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 1, 2011

these are all great! I love the maple baked beans recipe so so much :)

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Zestful Lou July 1, 2011

It all looks lovely!

I’m looking into making my diet more vegan-based (it already is quite a bit!) because I just found out I have high glucose levels and high cholesterol!! I’m shocked because I eat a largely plant-based diet and I exercise very regularly. I’m in great shape from the outside, but I guess my insides didn’t get the message. :(

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 2, 2011

Sorry to hear that! Goodluck with your changes :)

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Gen July 1, 2011

Great recipe roundup! Thanks! :D

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Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco July 1, 2011

This all looks so amazing! It can be a headache to figure out what to give/bring to people on holiday weekends, especially when you care about those people and want to bring them wholesome food that makes sure they can still fit into their pants. ;) Keep em’ coming, Angela!

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Lindsey @ Why Just Eat July 1, 2011

Grilled peaches are on my menu for the weekend!

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Kate Jarvis July 1, 2011

Wow It’s like you’ve just meal planned for me for 2 weeks! It all looks so delish : ) Fingers crossed that there will still be strawberries at the market tomorrow.

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Sara July 1, 2011

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, about this post looks delicious and wonderful and man am I hungry now! Seriously.

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Ellie@fitforthesoul July 1, 2011

Happy Canada day and weekend Angela!~The breakfasts look so good in particular!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit July 1, 2011

Amazing list of recipes! And I love the Canada pride :-)

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Emily@RunningPerspective July 1, 2011

those rice krispies are CALLING MY NAMEEEEEEEEEE!

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Emily July 1, 2011

Evvvverything looks to die for!

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Meredith July 1, 2011

Oh wow, those grilled peaches look absolutely amazing! I’ve had those maple baked beans on my ‘to make’ recipe list for a while now, they’re moving to the top of the list! I unfortunately will be spending my long weekend studying for my GRE, but once that’s over on Tuesday, I will be sure to celebrate with some of these recipes!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 2, 2011

Oh man I remember the GRE studying days! Goodluck…you will have to celebrate when it’s all over!

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Meredith July 2, 2011

Thanks Angela! I will most definitely be celebrating on Tuesday… with a LONG nap! Then a trip home to Riverview to celebrate my birthday and my freedom from the GRE with my family!

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Shay July 1, 2011

Apple. Cupcakes. I think I can die now.

And as I regain consciousness, let me just say that I love the photo of the maple beans, with the sunlight glinting off the bowl. Magnifique, Miss Artiste!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 2, 2011

Thank you! :) Sunset is the best time for photos.

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Julie @ Shining From Within July 1, 2011

Mmmm…those peaches…can’t wait to hear about them!

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Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats July 1, 2011

Mmm I think I just might have to make your potato and asparagus salad and bring it to the BBQ! Looks great!

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RunCrissieRun July 1, 2011

I made your weekend kale glow salad today! I put it into a hearty lavash wrap for dinner, and it was amazing. And you’re right about energy in a bowl…an hour and a half later I went for a long run and felt fabulous the entire time. I see leftovers in my future for lunch tomorrow :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 2, 2011

yay!

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Cait's Plate July 1, 2011

Ugh. I think I just died of deliciousness!

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Erica Vore July 1, 2011

My mouth is watering from all of these delicious recipes.

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Lauri (Redheadrecipes.com) July 1, 2011

Some of our friends (who are from Canada) are celebrating with Poutine and nanaimo bars! Do you have a recipe for either of these? Ive had poutine once (It was SO good), but I’ve never tried nanaimo bars!

Your dishes all look incredible, as always!

Happy Canada Day!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 2, 2011

I’ve never made Poutine (vegan would be a challenge!) but I do have Nanaimo bars which I made for PFB last year: http://ohsheglows.com/2010/12/16/vegan-nanaimo-bars/

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Katherine July 1, 2011

How do you find time to cook so much?

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Lenna July 1, 2011

Those apple cupcakes are amazing!! I need to have them, now! :)
And I love all the other recipes as well :)

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Ashley July 2, 2011

Yu-ummmm!! Too funny, our Whole Foods had a big event celebrating Canada Day today. It was so random! They had stuff set up outside + inside! Flags everywhere…totally thought of you :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 2, 2011

haha really, in the US? That is funny!

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 2, 2011

Thanks for the great round-up Angela. It’s not a long weekend for me here in Ireland but I hope that my American and Canadian friends enjoy theirs :)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 2, 2011

OMG – I’ll take one of each!

I love grilled peaches. Grilled anything, really. Have you ever tried grilled watermelon? So good!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 2, 2011

No I havent but something tells me that would be amazing!

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Caitlin July 2, 2011

wow- this is one amazing post! i want to make just about everything you posted! happy canada day to you!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 2, 2011

It’s a good job I’ve got about a bazillion strawberries in my fridge because these look great!! The triple berry crisp has already got me salivating! And I can now attest to the kale salad being absolutely delicious… I’m about to head off grocery shopping and kale is at the top of my list! :)

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Sarah @ Food and Love Diaries July 2, 2011

Those apple cupcakes are incredibly adorable! I think they are my favorite of them all :) And all of the Canadian themed desserts are so lovely, as well.

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The Teenage Taste July 2, 2011

Happy Canada Day, Angela! Have a great weekend! :-)

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Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) July 2, 2011

That’s a lot of cooking!
But it all looks and sounds amazingly good ;)

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Jennifer July 2, 2011

I actually made the Almond Butter Rice Crisp Treats yesterday for a get together with friends. They were a hit! Delicious!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty July 2, 2011

Have bunches of fun!!

It’s super cold and rainy on this side of BC :( So I might make soup instead!

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Moni'sMeals July 2, 2011

WOWZERS! This is my type of recipe round up! I must get crackin and I must find a Chef Fairy asap if I want to bring it!

I think I am going to make your Grilled Peaches Recipe. Your almond butter rice crispies caught my eye for sure too but I already have my own rice crispies recipe that I just made yesterday..people LOVE em.

:) Happy Cananda Day weekend, woohoo!

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Alaina July 2, 2011

I would say that you are the chef fairy for putting together this wonderful list! I can’t wait to make the fruit quinoa salad. :-)

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Laura July 2, 2011

Angela, you would be the ultimate chef fairy!
Happy Canada Day!

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