Happy Independence Day! Or almost anyway. For those of you taking your holiday early (me!), I wish you a long weekend full of fun, freedom, and fireworks. Oh yeah, and good food! That’s where this 4th of July Menu comes in….
4th of July has almost become synonymous with cookouts. And contrary to popular belief, you can stay on track while dining alfresco. It might take a bit more effort. It will take more will power to stay away from those cookies and baked beans. But I promise you can do it!
I have compiled a 4th of July menu chalked full of protein and deliciousness for this Red, White, and Blue weekend. I mean just look at this….
Who would be upset with this on their plate?! Not me, that’s for sure. Now if you are not hosting the cookout, don’t fret. Just offer to bring a dish. That way you know that at least one thing at the cookout will fit with your lifestyle.
Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July! ~Lauren
4th of July Menu
Mix the Crystal Light, lemon juice, and splenda with the water until dissolved. Add ice or refrigerate before serving. Garnish with blueberries and raspberries for a pop of color.
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Add brats to boiling water, reduce heat to medium, cover with a lid, and let cook for 5 minutes.
Remove from water and place on a paper towel lined plate.
Place the brats on a hot grill to finish cooking. Turn occasionally until fully cooked to 165F internally (approximately 10 minutes).
Tomato Mozza Salad
Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Roughly chop basil.
Mix tomatoes, mozzarella cheese balls, and basil together in a bowl. Mix together olive oil and balsamic vinegar in separate bowl.
Top tomatoes, cheese, and basil with balsamic dressing. Toss to combine. Refrigerate until serving.
Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits.
Sprinkle the peaches with cinnamon on the cut side, then spray the peaches with cooking spray to prevent from sticking to the grill.
Place the peaches cut side down onto the grill and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes until grill marks appear.
Turn the peaches over and move to indirect heat. Allow to cook another 10-15 minutes, until the peaches are tender.