4th of July View at Our Mountain/River Property
Yes, tomorrow is 4th of July, our Independence Day in the U.S. And our friends to the north just celebrated Canada Day. Clearly it’s that wonderful time of year called summer. The time of year when fun, food, fireflies, favorite swimming holes, and long sunny days all combine to make you feel you’ve been given a fabulous gift. Here are some recipes that can help you complete the food part of the equation! Enjoy them tomorrow, this weekend, or any time that summertime goodness is welcome.
~ Drinks ~
Crab Claws Cocktail
~ Kim’s (Cook IT Allergy Free) 5-Minute Watermelon Strawberry Slushie … sooo refreshing!
~ Or my Raspberry+ Smoothie
~ Or my super simple Watermelon Orange Smoothie
Watermelon Orange Smoothie
Frozen Watermelon Margaritas
~ Starters/Sides ~
~ My Cucumber Chickpea “Bruschetta” … these are loved by all!
~ Or these naturally gluten-free Garden-Free Herbed Cucumber “Flower” Bites (cucumbers cut into flower shapes with yummy topping) are pretty awesome, too.
~ Diane’s (The Whole Gang) Guaco Tacos are such great finger food, but you can easily make a meal from these gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and easily vegan, flavorful delights!
~ Who doesn’t want to know How to Cook Perfect Corn on the Cob? Alisa of Go Dairy Free and Alisa Cooks shares the secret over at The Balanced Platter.
~ Love quinoa? Then Zoe’s (Z’s Cup of Tea) Quinoa Fritters might be your perfect side.
~ Maybe you’re looking for a great salad as a side, or your “main.” Hallie rounds up 101 Summer Salads. I was so tickled that she included my Pulled Chicken Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing. Another favorite of mine for summer is this Fresh Zucchini Toss.
Fresh Zucchini Toss
~ For more salad recipes, you’ll want to check out Danielle’s (Against All Grain) Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten Free roundup of Seasonal Salads. Yes, even salads can be some serious “eye candy,” especially when Amber’s Candy Cane Beet, Strawberry, and Black Plum Salad with Ginger Lemon Honey Dressing is involved. Don’t just indulge in amazing salads like these when eating out; make one at home for a festive and healthy 4th!
Candy Cane Beet, Strawberry, and Black Plum Salad with Ginger Lemon Honey Dressing (photo courtesy of Amber Husten at The Tasty Alternative)
~ Main Dishes ~
~ My Gluten-Free Beer Can Chicken; there’s still no gluten-free beer that comes in a can, but there’s an easy solution for that “deficiency” in the market. UPDATE! I had this feeling that as soon as I stated that no gluten-free beer came in a can, someone would come forward and educate me otherwise. Well, sure enough, Sarah (Celiac in the City) has informed me that Joseph James Brewing, Inc. of Nevada makes a gluten-free beer that comes in a can. Read some reviews of Fox Tail Gluten-Free Beer.
Gluten-Free Beer Can Chicken
~ Ribs say 4th of July to many. Mr. GFE and Son vote for ribs ANY time! How about these Barbecue Country-Style Ribs from Shocking Delicious shared on Kalyn’s Slow Cooker from Scratch blog?
~ Or these Oven-Baked Spare Ribs (perhaps if you’re in the Northwest … or Australia; probably not a good idea if in the Northeast during our current heat wave).
~ Love pork, but think ribs are too messy? Try my Slow-Cooked Pork Butt, Also Known as the World’s Easiest and Best Pulled Pork … at least by my family and friends.
~ Heidi’s (Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom) Homemade Barbecue Sauce would work well for all the pork recipes I’ve mentioned, but then there’s barbecue chicken, too. I do love barbecued chicken!
Or for a Few More Vegetarian/Vegan Options:
~ Try Johnna’s (52 Sweets) Faux Pulled Pork. I can personally vouch for this recipe and Heather just did a review here. Look at Heather’s photos; you would swear that you’re eating pulled pork. I’m not a vegetarian, but I loved that I could eat Johnna’s super tasty barbecue and not have that heavy “I want to go to sleep” feeling afterwards.
~ Son and I are nuts over my Blackened Black Bean Burgers. Seriously. I’d eat them over a regular burger any day.
Blackened Black Bean Burger
~ Then there’s Carol’s new recipe, Chipotle Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers. I think that chipotle adds the most wonderful flavor to so many recipes.
~ Desserts ~
Oh, how we love our desserts, don’t we? They are without a doubt the most abundant—and most popular—recipes on blogs. I think you’ll enjoy all of the following. Not all at once, of course.
~ Kimi’s (The Nourishing Gourmet) Strawberry Fool. This one, which Kimi also calls Strawberry Whipped Cream, is beautiful on its own. But you could easily make this a red, white, and blue dessert by adding some blueberries. If you’re not into strawberries, just sub in raspberries.
~ Or maybe you want to “up” the fruit kabob game and actually make an American flag. This would be a fun activity for the kiddos to help with, and it actually looks quite easy to do! Bonus: You also get an essay from real food advocate and author Robin O’Brien—worth a read!
~ Are you looking for frozen dessert? My Watermelon Sherbet is so refreshing. When you ask who wants watermelon for dessert and all the heads go up and down, pull out this treat and surprise them instead.
~ If peaches are more your thing, these Roasted Peaches ‘n Coconut Cream Popsicles from Katie Did look amazing!
~ What starts out blue, but ends up purple? The answer is Ricki’s (Diet, Dessert and Dogs) Blueberry Ice Cream. There’s more frozen lusciousness with this one, so I don’t think anyone will mind that its hue is not blue and doesn’t fit the typical patriotic color scheme.
~ Speaking of blueberries, how about my Blueberry Honey Pie with Honey Whipped Cream? This pie is one of my most favorite gfe recipes! Guess what? It’s ”no bake.” (I love you, too.)
“No-Bake” Blueberry Honey Pie with Honey Whipped Cream
Truthfully, I simply adore pies and tarts. Here are a few more gorgeous and delicious options!
~ Alta’s (Tasty Eats At Home) Strawberry “Cheesecake” with Almond-Macadamia Crust. Just look at it!
Strawberry “Cheesecake” with Almond-Macadamia Crust (photo courtesy of Alta Mantsch at Tasty Eats At Home)
~ Danielle’s (Against All Grain) Stunning Berry Tart. Oh my.
~ Stephanie’s (Hope for Healing) Fresh Strawberry Coconut Custard Pie. As wonderful as it sounds.
~ Or how about Ali’s (The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen) Raw Berry Tart with a Coconut Pastry Cream Pastry? A work of art that I’d like to eat piece by piece. In case you missed my announcement on my gfe Facebook page, Ali and Tom’s new book, Nourishing Meals: Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family, is coming out next month. There are over 300 gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free recipes in this cookbook, and grain-free and vegan recipes are included as well! Pre-order via their site and you’ll get a free preview e-book (16 of their favorite recipes with full-color photos) right away!
Raw Berry Tart with a Coconut Pastry Cream Pastry (photo courtesy of Ali Segersten at nourishingmeals.com)
Last, there’s always chocolate. Thank goodness!
~ How about Maggie’s (She Let Them Eat Cake) Chocolate Chocolate Cookies turned into Ice Cream Sandwiches?
~ You also can’t go wrong with Linda’s (The Gluten-Free Homemaker) Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.
~ Or Amber’s (The Tasty Alternative) Strawberry-Studded Chocolate Tart.
Don’t you agree?
Happy Belated Canada Day, Happy 4th of July (or Independence Day, if you like), and Happy Summer to All!
p.s. If you’re eating at a group event for the holiday or any time soon, don’t forget to follow these rules to stay safe. Here are some more great guidelines from AndreAnna (Life As A Plate) specifically geared to summer. As always, please remember that ANY gluten is too much gluten for someone who is eating gluten free for medical reasons; enjoy the tasty and good times with friends, but stay vigilant.
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