The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Outdoor parties, fireworks, great food, spending time with family and friends, my birthday (on July 5th) – it doesn’t get much better than that! Here are some of my favorite recipes for backyard get-togethers: they are healthy, light, summery, and absolutely delicious. Happy long weekend everyone!
** Starters and Sides **
Grape and Avocado Salad: Juicy grapes and creamy avocados make this salad filling, satisfying, and refreshing.
White Bean and Veggie Bruschetta: A great way to sneak in some extra veggies, sandwiched in between crispy bread and gooey cheese.
Red, White and Blue Potato Salad: A healthier twist on the classic potato salad, with 3 types of potatoes!
Healthy Guacamole: Your guests will devour this delicious dip.
Healthy Seven Layer Bean Dip: A bean dip that’s so addicting – you won’t be able to tell how good it is for you.
** Burgers and Sandwiches **
Southwestern Veggie Burgers: A healthier alternative to beef burgers, but I promise, you won’t miss the meat!
Kale, Garlic, and Caramelized Onion Paninis: Because grilled cheese needs to be dressed up once in a while.
Mushroom and Spinach Tartines with Roasted Garlic Spread: This creamy garlic spread becomes the base for open faced sandwiches, with a secret healthy ingredient that cuts calories but not taste!
** Dessert **
Cheesecake Bites: Little bites of heaven, and only 100 calories a piece!
Apple and Pear Crisp: Because it wouldn’t be the 4th of July without a fruit-filled dessert.
Carrot Cake: A lightened up version of the original that still has the classic cream cheese frosting.
Mini Apple Pies: Perfectly portioned treats that are super easy to make and are guaranteed to delight!