Fantastic Food For the Fourth

It’s the 4th of July! Independence Day! That can only mean one thing here in America…. OK, not one thing… A combo…

  • Heat
  • Fireworks
  • COOKOUTS and POTLUCKS

Now, you’re a little bit on your own as far as dealing with the temperatures and lighting fireworks, but if you’re straining for ideas of what to bring to your big fat 4th of July cookout, I’ve compiled a few of my festive summer favorites right here:

To beat the heat with a refreshing treat that doubles as a drink, is calorie free, and looks super cute, try a

Frozen Iced Tea Bouquet

A really great, healthy, spicy appetizer that can be served along with chips, tortillas, or even on its own in little cups is

HabaƱero Shrimp and Jicama Salsa

But do not do not DO NOT forget its wonderful cousin and a nice frosty bottle of Corona:

Shrimp and Grouper Fiesta Ceviche

It has the amazingly refreshing combination of lime and cilantro that sends me packing on a trip down memory lane to Mexico. I lurve it.

Of course, if you’re looking for a meal to grill on the barbeque that is not a hot dog or burger of some form, one of my summer favorites is

Chile Lime Grouper with Rainbow Salsa

Yum! Look at those perfect grill marks!

Of course, you might be looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth at the end of the night. I have so many suggestions for dessert it’s not even funny, so I’m going to keep these suggestions to 4… 4 for the 4th! Ah, now I feel clever…

Patriotic Lemon-Lime Coconut Cake

Well, I mean, come on. It has the work “patriotic” in the title! Plus, it’s totally red,white, and blue, utilizes summer flavors, and the currently in season fruit.

For another red, white, and blue favorite that are easy on the waistline, try these

Triple Berry and Vanilla Bean Cream Parfaits

Or, if you’re like me and you have pounds and pounds of fresh peaches pouring out of the sky, these cupcakes make a wonderful use of the summer fruits

Toffee Peach Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting

And last, but of course not least, we have a definite summer favorite perfect for accompanying a warm night and fireworks in the sky. A true summer classic in cupcake form:

Gelatin-Free S’more Cupcakes

I truly hope you’ve found these recipes helpful and that each one of you has a fantastic (and safe) 4th of July!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go get my pyromania on… :)

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3 Responses to “Fantastic Food For the Fourth”

  1. July 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    What a spread – thanks for sharing! Happy 4th – Enjoy!

  2. July 6, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    I love to cook but I am forced to say Wow! Really good and taste-bud tempting. I invite you to visit my blog.

  3. July 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Oh my goodness what a wonderful colorful, healthy feast… . Can I come to your house next year?

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