Fourth of July Goodies: Recipes in Red, White and Blue

The fireworks are about to light up the sky: it’s Independence Day! On this day 241 years ago (in 1776) our founding fathers gathered together to sign the Declaration of Independence from the yoke of British rule. Today, we celebrate by waving flags, cooking huge slabs of meat on open flame, and spending approximately $647 million nation wide on pyrotechnics1. Boom!

Yes, you should go for the old fashioned goodness when it comes to rolling out July 4 with style: baked beans, potato salad, burgers and dogs, and ice cream. But if you really want to make this year stand out, spice up the one big summer holiday with something different. We’ve thrown together some red, white and blue recipes with a twist to get festive and try something seasonal and new. Bonus: these recipes are healthy too!

 

Fruit Flag Platter! Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Oh My! This no bake, no fuss platter is so easy, it will take you a minute. You want to grab some yogurt-covered pretzels and arrange everything on a rectangle platter. Then watch it all disappear!

 

Caprese tomatoes. Yes it is still possible to squeeze in some nutrition with these salads in disguise. Slice a roma tomato and stuff some soft mozzarella into the slits along with some basil. Drizzle some balsamic and olive oil over the top and finish with salt and pepper.

 

Red White and Blue Deviled Eggs. This is super easy and the kids go crazy for it. You can use a standard deviled egg recipe, but before you add the yoke filling, simple use veggie dye to make the hardboiled whites red or blue.

 

Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry BBQ sauce. Go a little unconventional, you won’t regret it! Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 pt. blueberries
  • .67 c. honey
  • ½ c. ketchup
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • ½ c. chopped shallots
  • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard

You just want to combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, let it cool, blend it up and then split it in half. Marinate the meat beforehand and after it’s cooked, paint on another layer.

 

Cherry White Chocolate treats. Get some Bing or black cherries, melt some white chocolate and dip them halfway down so the red is still visible. Put them on a wax paper covered sheet and use some blue sprinkles to round out the theme before you let them cool.

 

On a day where we celebrate the grand democratic experiment that is America, it’s so fun to go a little wild with your patriotic food, and if you do bust out the fireworks, make sure your kids know the safety rules! Remember to drink plenty of water on these hot days, and enjoy your Fourth of July!

 

 

References:

  1. http://time.com/money/2955505/fireworks-costs-july-4/

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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