My 4th of July Menu

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The hottest holiday of the year is coming up, and I still need to go and buy some fireworks for my boys to set off on the 4th of July!  But have no fear in the food department: I’ve got you covered.

Many of my recipes are perfectly suited to our star-spangled holiday.  Between my tried and true recipes and some help from my fellow real food bloggers, let me take you through the Independence Day with an Americana flair!Breakfast:

  • These Chocolate Chip Waffles are amazing!  For the 4th, use the honey-blackberry sauce I recommend, then top with whole cane sugar-sweetened whipped cream, and raspberries.
  • This Berry Custard with Sweetened Cream is perfect with it’s blend of strawberries and blueberries.  Very festive!

Lunch:

  • How does this sound?  Grass-fed hot dogs, sprouted flour hot dog buns, lacto-fermented ketchup & mustard, and old-fashioned sauerkraut.  Probiotic savory real food Big Lunch heaven!
  • On the side: potato chips fried in coconut oil, organic cherries, and salad with homemade vinaigrette.
  • To drink: Honey-Sweetened Lemonade, the definitive taste of summer!

Dessert:

  • Dark Chocolate Almond Milkshakes are really quick, and don’t even contain sugar or honey for sweetness!  They will cool you right off in the hot July sun.
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and “Magic” Chocolate Sauce

Snacks:

  • These fried cheese sticks are amazing, especially when you dip them in my homemade buttermilk Ranch dressing!  You could also use sprouted flour if you aren’t on GAPS.
  • Smoked salmon pinwheels are amazing, nutrient dense, and most importantly: made ahead of time!  Plus these hors d’oeuvres are nice and cool, simple to keep cool in the fridge, ready to go.
  • You can also serve the pinwheels on crackers.  I have a white cheddar & chive grain-free cracker as well as a whole grain soaked yogurt dough cracker (that tastes just like a cheese cracker!) for you to use.  They are both a favorite around here.
  • The easiest red, white, and blue food flag I have seen?  This fruit flag! Perfect, and quick.

I know I’ve left off dinner, but that’s because I find that with all the food I have made throughout the day, we really don’t need dinner at this point!  Just enjoy some leftover snacks, another bowl of ice cream, and have a few more salty potato chips with a nice cold beer.  Happy 4th, everyone.  Cheers!

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