American Independence Day is just around the corner. It’s time to get together and celebrate with some tasty and healthy recipes. I’ve curated these recipes because they are delicious, easy to make, and still let you fit into your red, white, and blue bikini. Plus they are loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins, and healthy fats to keep our bodies in tip-top shape.
With each recipe, I’ve provided the source links to give due credit to these amazing chefs.
The July 4th Menu that is Dressed to Impress
Drink: Dr. Diana’s Smashing Sangria
Appetizer: Grilled Shrimp with Lime, Orange and Basil Oil
Entrée: Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers
Side: Dr. Diana’s Grilled Veggies… with Pesto Dipping Sauce
Dessert: Fresh berries with maple cream.
Dr. Diana’s Smashing Sangria
You’ll be doing the salsa on the dance floor underneath a sky of fireworks after a glass of this delicious Sangria.
1 bottle (750 ml) Spanish red wine
1/4 Cup Grand Marnier
1/4 Cup Brandy
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon organic agave syrup
2 oranges, sliced
2 limes, sliced
2 lemons, sliced
1 cup cold seltzer
In a pitcher, combine wine, Grand Marnier, brandy, lime juice, and sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. I like to use Grand Marnier instead of Triple Sec because it gives more of an orange flavor. For a blast of bubbles, add 1 cup of Seltzer water. If you like it sweeter, add 1 cup of your favorite fruity soda, such as Hansen’s organic lemon-lime soda. Add fruit and top it off with seltzer and serve. For lighter less sweet taste, add ice to dilute to your tasting. Garnish with fruit to add color. Click here to see the best wines for making sangria.
This recipe is a great appetizer – makes 30 servings of 2 shrimp each. You may want to cut recipe in half if you’re having a smaller gathering. Did you know that a 3-ounce serving of shrimp contains over 14% of recommended daily iron? Cool, right?
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
60 medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Garnishes: additional lime and orange zest
In a large bowl, combine zest of 2 oranges and 2 limes, olive oil, and chopped fresh basil. Add shrimp, kosher salt, and black pepper; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove shrimp from oil; discard oil. Grill shrimp over medium heat until opaque and slightly charred (about 2 minutes per side). Garnish, if desired. This recipe is low in calories, cholesterol, fat and sodium.
Best to make this one the night before to get all of the tang and zest of marinade. In small bowl, combing all ingredients through the cilantro. Mix thoroughly. Pour marinade over chicken breast and turn to coat. Cover and allow to marinate for at least 1 hour. ( Preferably overnight). Cut chicken into large chunks and skewer. Grill on medium high heat for 6-8 minutes per side, until juices clear.
Dr. Diana’s Grilled Veggies with Pesto Dipping Sauce
I love grilled veggies and these can be done in the oven or on the BBQ. Be creative and resourceful! The sky’s the limit with this one as summertime brings us lots of options like zucchini, asparagus, bell peppers and eggplant. Again, think of the rainbow – use all of the colors that veggies have to reap the benefits of Vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Ingredients for Pesto
2 Cups Fresh Organic Basil
1/3 Cup Pine Nuts
4 Cloves Garlic
2/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
Veggies for Grilling
Cut vegetables in slices as desired. I like to cut zucchini into long slices and eggplant into ¼ inch thick patties. Toss vegetables with oil in large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat well. Place vegetables in oven at 425 degrees or on medium- high BBQ grill. Grill over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, turning occasionally. Cooking time may vary depending on thickness. For Pesto: Combine basil, pine nuts, garlic & olive oil in a food processor and pulse until blended. Add Parmesan cheese and pulse again until smooth. Pour into a serving dish and ENJOY! Watch the video below for a quick and easy pesto tutorial.
This is a great recipe – berries are chock full of anti-oxidants and fat-free sour cream makes this a guilt free dessert! Plus, maple syrup is healthier for you than sugar. Yes, you can splurge on this one!
3/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup fresh blueberries
1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries (or strawberries)
Combine sour cream and maple syrup in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Combine berries, and spoon into dessert dishes; pour maple cream over berries
Please have a safe and happy 4th of July. Please remember to not drink and drive!