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9 Effortless Red, White, and Blue 4th of July Recipes


4th of July recipes are special. Just ask Pinterest. It’s one of the few times a year that no matter your culinary skills, you’re bringing something somewhere or serving something somewhere because festivities are everywhere.

And if that something is red, white, and blue, you get MAJOR cool points from pretty much all of America.

So, today I’m sharing some of my most patriotic, healthy recipes that put the Murica in Happy Birthday Murica.

And don’t worry, these 4th of July recipes won’t have you sweating it out in the kitchen.  In fact, they’re effortless, so you’ll have more time to spend winning a fierce game of corn hole.

9 Effortless 4th of July Recipes:

Make your own red, white, and blue chips. Thinly slice beets (red!), parsnips (white!) and purple potatoes (blue-ish!). Lightly drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees until crispy.

Create a patriotic dip with a kick.  Dip blue corn tortilla chips in plain, white Greek yogurt mixed with ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes.

Whip up a festive flag-like fruit salad.  Combine sliced strawberries, blueberries, sliced apple & mint, or try pomegranates, blueberries & sliced dragon fruit.

Slice up some crunchy veggies.  Serve slices of white jicama with red, chunky, homemade salsa. Serve in a blue bowl.

Fire up the grill.  Grill a healthy, grass fed beef burger and top with a slice of tomato, white onion, red-leaf lettuce & crumbled bleu cheese. Serve with blue potato oven roasted fries.

Add color to your simple salad.  Assemble an endive salad with dried cranberries and/or radish and drizzle with a blueberry vinaigrette dressing.

Discover the different colors of corn.  Prepare a basket of red, white and blue corn on the cob! Bonus: Red corn contains anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants and blue corn has more protein and vitamin A than white corn, so load up on these vibrant colored kernels.

Mix and match colorful kebabs.  Mix and match your favorite red, white and blue protein and veggies like chicken, pork, shrimp, scallops, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cubed blue potatoes or purple onion, and eggplant (hey purple is close to blue and blue is hard to find in nature!).

Make a simple sangria. Combine a bottle of white wine with 1 cup fresh raspberries, 1 cup fresh blackberries, 1 cup sliced white peaches and 2 tablespoons agave.