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Memorial Day Dishes with Celebrity Chef, George Duran

This year I’m kicking off my Memorial day with a virtual BBQ with friends and family. In fact, Smirnoff just released their new Smirnoff Seltzer Red, White & Berry. It delivers the same great flavor combination of cherry, citrus and blue raspberry flavors that everyone has come to know and love, but now with zero sugar and only 90 calories. Best of all, your Smirnoff seltzer is perfectly chilled when it changes colors. You still have time to get the entire Smirnoff Red, White & Berry family of products ahead of Memorial Day Weekend! Smirnoff Seltzer Red, White & Berry, Smirnoff Red, White & Berry and Smirnoff Ice Red, White & Berry are all available on, Minibar and Instacart (in select markets) for you to get delivered directly to your home, as well as nationwide at stores where Smirnoff is sold. Click here to learn more.

Now let’s get grilling with one of my favorite marinades and condiments. Lee Kum Kee offers a wide range of must-have pantry staples and delicious condiments that make it easy for people to elevate their backyard BBQ recipes. In fact, they are the leading maker of authentic Asian sauces and condiments that are trusted by chefs all over the world. For example I’ve upped my grilling game by marinating salmon and shrimp and beef kebabs with Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce. In fact, their Sriracha mayo will turn your burger into a perfect burger. Click here to learn more.

Speaking of Perfect burgers, Dr. Praeger’s Perfect Burgers are made with 20 grams of pure pea protein and infused with real sweet potatoes, squash, carrots and beets. This is a meat-alternative burger, meant to look, taste, and feel like meat. It is gluten-free, soy-free, and has less saturated fat and sodium than other meat-alternative burgers. Started by two heart surgeons looking for clean, healthy and accessible foods, Dr. Praegers offers a wide variety of frozen foods from Oaties oatmeal sticks to 12 different kinds of veggie burgers and vegetable Littles for kids. Click here to learn more.

Let’s not forget the buns for these burgers. Dave’s Killer Bread, known for its whole grain loaves, just introduced organic buns loaded with taste and texture. Burger Buns Done Right is a soft artisan-style burger bun with 8g whole grains, 6g of protein, no bleached flour and no high fructose corn syrup. If you’re looking for even more flavor, try 21 Whole Grains and Seeds Buns, made with their signature blend and packing in 12g of whole grains with a hearty texture, subtle sweetness. Available nationwide, these are the right buns for the job. Click here to learn more.

Last we can’t forget sides. This year I’m adding a twist to the traditional potato salad by using North Carolina Sweet Potatoes. This is my Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing, Blue Cheese & Pecans. I like to use sweet potatoes because they are nutrient-dense with Vitamins A, C and fiber - sweetened from the earth and low in calories. They have a long shelf life so you can use them in a variety of recipes including fries to go with your BBQ favorites. Click here to learn more.

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