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4th of July BBQ Recipe Roundup
by on June 30, 2016
SidesHere’s some low-hanging fruit because nutritionist Danielle Omar’s already done the work for you (you should thank her). She did a roundup of healthy snack options that’ll serve quite well as alternatives to the usual greasy and salty ones. For example, you can use jicama chips instead of regular tortilla chips. Accompany them with this //www.kimscravings.com/2016/06/best-damn-roasted-salsa/" target="_blank">amazing homemade salsa (what makes it special is the roasted part), and your guests will be drooling at the table. This //www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-corn-on-cob" target="_blank">simple grilled corn recipe is an easy one. There isn’t any butter or cheese in this recipe; you only need to “marinate” the corn in lightly salted water before grilling. //www.eatingwell.com/recipes/sesame_snap_peas_with_carrots_peppers.html" target="_blank">Sesame snap peas, carrots, and peppers are great companions for grilled meats, along with a //allrecipes.com/recipe/219445/healthier-old-fashioned-potato-salad/" target="_blank">healthified version of mom’s potato salad (just add more celery, take out the yolks, and use low-fat mayo instead).
MainsLet’s be real. No true 4th of July BBQ would ever skimp out on serving burgers. It’s just unholy. However, you can be a culinary show-off and dazzle your guests with a changeup in the usual patty offering. Take for instance, this //allrecipes.com/recipe/39748/actually-delicious-turkey-burgers/" target="_blank">popular grilled turkey burger recipe (just look at the ratings!). The fresh herbs give it some delicious flavor that’s brought out on the grill. You could also consider making a //www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/05/23/tempeh_burgers_marinated_veggie_burgers_that_actually_taste_good_.html" target="_blank">tempeh burger. Now, now. Don’t run away yet. I think this is one veggie burger option you can take seriously. Off the grill, you can serve these delicious //www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/recipes/2019-09-slow-cooker-pulled-pork-with-bbq-sauce.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/" target="_blank">Hawaiian pulled pork sandwiches (or make them into sliders), or take out the skewers to serve //www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/lemony-grilled-lamb-kebabs-recipe" target="_blank">juicy lamb kebabs.
DrinksOf course, it’ll be hot and sunny, and your guests will need to wash down all this great food somehow. It might be a lot to ask to not offer any sodas or beer (gasp!) but consider these options to lay alongside the table:
- //www.eatingwell.com/recipes/jalapeno_watermelon_margaritas.html" target="_blank">Jalapeno-watermelon margaritas––salty rim included. Yum!
- //www.livingthenourishedlife.com/top-kombucha-recipes/" target="_blank">Kombucha––this fermented tea will give your guests the carbonated feel of a soda while doing some good for their gut.
- //skinnyms.com/strawberry-lemonade/" target="_blank">Low Sugar Strawberry Lemonade––great for the kids, too!
- //kimberlysnyder.com/blog/2012/07/19/5-delicious-and-beautifying-summer-drink-recipes/" target="_blank">Cucumber Water––if you’re serving water anyway, add cukes for a healthy and refreshing touch!