This all-American holiday is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends around a campfire or BBQ. Serving a healthy 4th of July menu is not only crowd-pleasing, but also a great way to encourage healthier eating. Try these easy and fun recipes this 4th of July!
American Flag Kabobs
1 pint strawberries*
1 cup blueberries
3 TBS lemon juice mixed with water
Cut bananas into 1-inch pieces. Brush them in a mixture of lemon juice and water to prevent browning.
Wash, trim, and cut strawberries in half.
Thread strawberries and bananas in an alternate fashion on about 6-7 skewers (make sure the bananas and strawberries align on the skewers). On 4-5 additional skewers, thread strawberries and bananas 2/3rd’s of the way and then add 6 blueberries to the ends.
Place all skewers on a serving tray to like like an American flag.
*If desired, you can replace the strawberries with 1-inch pieces of watermelon.
Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob
8 ears of organic corn
Heat grill to medium and place husks down on grill.
Close and cover the grill for 15-20 minutes, turning the corn every 5-6 minutes.
Once the kernels look tender and/or a bit charred, remove from the grill.
Serve hot with fresh herbs and lime juice, guacamole, or ground cayenne and lime slices.
Patriotic Fruit Salsa
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, diced
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 cup green bell pepper, diced
1 cup jicama, diced
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro
Salt to taste
In a medium-sized bowl, combined diced berries, tomatoes, bell peppers, jicama, and red onion. Squeeze the lime juice over and mix well.
Season to taste, with salt and cilantro.
Serve chilled with baked tortilla chips or on top of grilled chicken or fish.
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