Geez, can you believe it is already JULY?!
Summer is officially here, and so is the 4th of July and all that goes with it. America's Independence Day is celebrated with backyard barbeques, picnics, potlucks, cabins, and pyromaniac fiends (like my brother and his buddies) getting their jollies out by blowing stuff up and creating fiery explosions in the sky. And while these gatherings are fun, they can be really stressful for anyone with dietary restrictions. Parties are like obstacle courses, especially if you aren't hosting and you don't know what's what.
No fear! The key to these gatherings is to bring along plenty of safe food. Yes, it involves planning, but it will ensure that you have plenty eat, can relax and enjoy yourself, and not break your diet, have a reaction, or go hungry.
I dug through my archives and hand selected a wide assortment of recipes that are perfect for summer gatherings and weekends at the cabin or cottage. You will love them, other people will too, and you will feel happy, satisfied, and celebratory just like everyone eating all the "normal" food. Be sure to check out my Summer Recipe Index for more ideas.
Have a safe and happy holiday, and please don't blow your hands up or start your garage on fire. Kisses!
Appetizers and Snacks
Make Tuscan Chicken Liver Paté "Sliders" for a fun and delicious light lunch or snack. For something more filling, make picnic-perfect paté sandwiches with pickles, thinly sliced radishes, a smear of mustard, and a thick slice of Pumpkinseed Teff Sandwich Bread.
Serve Pepper-Crusted Cashew Cheese with crackers and fresh vegetables.
Salads, Slaws, and Sides
Instead of a standard coleslaw, how try Carrot Ribbon Salad, Curried Rhubarb Coleslaw, Celeriac Slaw with Creamy Cashew "Mayo", Cabbage Slaw with Sorrel and Sesame, Jicama Collard Slaw with Creamy Sunflower Dressing, or Really Raw Slaw instead.
Substitute the classic sugar-laden maple baked beans with a delicious and hearty batch of Mexican Azuki Beans with Epazote.
For a vegan burger alternative, try Sunny Quinoa Burgers or Mung Bean Burgers in a collard leaf with fresh sprouts and grated carrot. I don't think they'd do well on the grill since they are kind of fragile, but they'd still be great done up on the stove.
Make Turkey Fajita Hash and serve it in brown rice tortillas with all the classic taco fixings, like black olives, lettuce or thinly shredded cabbage, thinly sliced radishes, and salsa.
For a quick and filling pasta dish, use fresh farmers market vegetables to make Summer Spaghetti with Zucchini Cashew Alfredo - the sauce isn't too heavy, and is still appropriate for even hot summer days.
My Black Bean Fudge is always a hit - and there is no baking involved, so it won't heat up your kitchen! For a crunchy version, try making the recipe for Fudge Sunny Bunnies but cut into stars or other fun shapes instead of rabbits.
Go all out and make my Chocolate Cherry Berry Layer Cake, and decorate with raspberries, blueberries, and and cherries instead for a patriotic twist!
Breakfasts & Brunch
For more leisurely breakfasts at home on your holiday off, what about trying a batch of Salmon and Eggs Breakfast Scramble, Sprouted Quinoa Millet Waffles with Strawberry RHubarb Jam, or Sprouted Buckwheat Blini with Salmon, Cucumber, and PUmpkin Seed Cream?
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!