Happy Independence Day and Healthy Barbecue Recipes

Healthy recipes to plan a July 4th party or any barbecue you are having.

Healthy Menu Ideas and Recipes for July 4th or any Barbecue

Happy July 4th, Independence Day for the USA.  We are celebrating with friends and family by barbecuing and, of course, fireworks.  I love to go all American for July 4th.  Most other times of the year, we mix it up with influences from India, Greece and wherever I happened to be enamored with at the moment.  For July 4th, I like to go really traditional, unless I am working on a new recipe.  Then my family and friends need to beware, because I will test it out on them.  Instead of a recipe today, I’m going to give you a menu outline for a barbecue this summer.

Lets start with appetizers and snacks.  I absolutely, positively cannot have a party without these.  Between you and I, this is my favorite part of the meal.  What I love about snacks is the variety.  There always has to be a dip and some chips.  Then there are the appetizers, small little bites of all different kinds of flavors and textures.  Here are a few of my favorite.

My new favorite Dip ! Lightened Texas Caviar Dip Low Calorie, Low Fat HealthyTexas Caviar – Black Eyed Pea Dip

I could eat this dip with a spoon! It is awesome on everything Light and Healthy Green Goddess Dip Low Calorie Low Fat

Green Goddess Dip

Hot Four Cheese Artichoke Spinach DipHot Four Cheese Artichoke Spinach Dip

Grilled Zucchini Roll Ups with Goat Cheese

Grilled Zucchini Roll Ups with Goat Cheese

Lemon Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Lemon Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

My new favorite appetizer.  I loved them.  Oven Fried (Baked) Pickle Chips with Sweet Horseradish Sauce Low Calorie, Low Fat Appetizer #SplendaSweeties #SweetSwaps #ad

Oven Fried Baked Pickle Chips

Next for me is the sides.  So many times when we go to a restaurant, I choose what I am having by the sides.  I cannot help it, I am a carbohydrate girl at heart.  So lets talk about delicious sides from potato salad to vegetables.

Make it for dinner or bring as a side to a potluck. Strawberry Poppy Seed Pasta Salad with Chicken - Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy RecipeStrawberry Poppy Seed Pasta Salad with Chicken

Low Fat Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cranberries

Low Fat Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cranberries

German Potato and Cucumber Salad  with DillGerman Potato and Cucumber Salad  with Dill

This is the best macaroni salad, I've had! Low Fat Macaroni Salad - Old fashioned, Low Calorie, Healthy, perfect for a picnic

Low Fat Macaroni Salad

Blueberry Chipotle ColeslawBlueberry Chipotle Coleslaw

So easy & delicious - Zucchini Tomato Casserole with Parmesan Cheese - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Dinner recipe - Vegetarian Side Dish

Zucchini Tomato Casserole

It is finally time for the main event.  This could be anything from hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, steak or chicken.

So easy & delicious - Zucchini Tomato Casserole with Parmesan Cheese - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Dinner recipe - Vegetarian Side DishWhiskey Marinated Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Blue Cheese Burger with Crispy Shoestring Mushrooms & Onions

Blue Cheese Burger with Crispy Shoestring Mushrooms & Onions 

Honey Lemon Grilled Chicken

Honey Lemon Grilled Chicken

Homemade Buffalo Chicken Sausage

Homemade Buffalo Chicken Sausage

Homemade Smoked Salmon

Homemade Smoked Salmon

On to the finale of the meal, for many the piece d’resistance.  Dessert is served.

Low Fat Peach CheesecakeLow Fat Peach Cheesecake

Lemon Blueberry Whoopie Pies

Lemon Blueberry Whoopie Pies

Strawberry, Blueberry & Raspberry Cheesecake Crumble

Strawberry, Blueberry & Raspberry Cheesecake Crumble

Brownies with Cheesecake Swirl

Brownies with Cheesecake Swirl

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

How about some ice cold refreshing drinks too.

Low Sugar Raspberry Ginger AleLow Sugar Raspberry Ginger Ale

Watermelon  Mojito Mocktail

Watermelon Mojito Mocktail

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Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

Comments

  1. Charlotte Moore says
    HAPPY 4th!! Sadly our freedom is almost gone.

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