With summer just around the corner, it’s time for the season of outdoor gatherings and sunny vacations with the ones you love. Memorial Day is a time to relax and soak in the warm weather, but it can be hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle when your impulse is to reach for that Standard American burger and beer. Instead of buying that pack of hot dogs and a 6-pack this weekend, here are 3 Wildatarian grilling recipes that can be paired with delicious Dry Farm Wines, which promotes “hangover free”, sugar-free, sulfite-free wines that won’t leave you with the typical post-libation feeling! 

Grilled Cornish Game Hen and Pinot Grigio

Cornish Game Hen is a healthy, juicy, wild alternative to chicken. This smaller breed of chicken is usually cooked whole and can be prepared in many of the same ways as the chicken you are already familiar with. Plus, cooking meat on the bones makes the meat juicier which helps support healthy skin, joints, and bones. Once you’ve finished the hen, use the leftovers to make soup.

To Grill: Rub the hen with olive oil, salt, pepper and spices to taste. Place it on a BBQ skewer through the wing horizontally and cook on the Grill between 25-35 minutes. Turn occasionally to make sure it is well cooked.  Take a meat thermometer to ensure it is above 165 degrees.

Bison Burgers and Malbec

Avoid the fat and grease from beef burgers and indulge in some delicious buffalo instead. Buffalo is significantly higher in heart-protective essential fatty acids but is still lower in calories, cholesterol, and fat than many other meats. These Bison Burgers are a great way to enjoy a classic cookout without experiencing unpleasant symptoms later on.

To Grill: Mix 1½  pound ground buffalo, 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic, 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, and 1 teaspoon sea salt together. Form into patties. Grill for 10-15 minutes turning once or until the meat reaches 160 degrees on a thermometer. Serve on a bun, in a lettuce wrap or “naked”.

Shellfish Kabob and Rosé

Shellfish is an easy option for those who don’t want to prepare fish. It can help with dysregulated thyroid function and is good for cardiovascular health.

To Grill: Mix olive oil, lemon, and cumin to taste with desired shellfish (shrimp and scallops). Skewer shellfish and grill for 5-10 minutes, or until the flesh becomes opaque.

Dry Farm Wines takes wine back to its roots by finding natural, sustainable, and biodynamic wines. They are committed to supplying wine that is sugar-free, mold-free, and carb-friendly. You can choose your favorite varietals and get a bottle for a penny with your first order!

The Wildatarian Lifestyle and Dry Farm Wines are truly the perfect pairing!

Here’s to a “Wild” Memorial Day Weekend!

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