15 Fourth of July Recipe Ideas

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I’ve put together a list of 15 patriotic-inspired 4th of July recipes to help you plan your Independence Day celebration. Get ready to change it up this year!

4th of July Patriotic Recipe and Menu Ideas for Your Independence Day Celebration, Cookout, Party or Picnic.

The Fourth of July around here means grilling, picnics, watermelon, burgers, hot dogs, lemonade, and the usual assortment of foods you would find at a cook-out party. Check out these mouth-watering recipes!

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APPETIZERS
ALL AMERICAN BACON CHEESEBURGER DIP
(Photo and recipe courtesy of the Cookie Rookie)

All American Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

THE ULTIMATE PATRIOTIC CHEESEBOARD
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Eat Yourself Skinny)

Patriotic Cheeseboard


MEAT
PEPPER CRUSTED BACON CHEESEBURGERS
(Photo and recipe courtesy of The Chunky Chef)

Pepper Crusted Bacon Cheeseburger

MARINATED BEEF KABOBS WITH VEGGIES
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Zesty Olive)

Marinated Beef Kabobs with Veggies

SPICY MAPLE GRILLED CHICKEN SANDWiCH
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Half Baked Harvest)

Spicy Maple Grilled Chicken Sandwich

FOURTH OF JULY FIRECRACKER HOTDOGS
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Handmade in the Heartland)

4th of July Firecracker Hotdogs


SIDES

SLOW COOKER BBQ BAKED BEANS
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Pass The Sushi)

Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

GRILLED CORN ON THE COB WITH HERB BUTTER 
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Zesty Olive)

Grilled Corn On The Cob

20 MINUTE GREEK PASTA SALAD
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Baker By Nature)

Greek Pasta Salad

ICE CREAM / POPSICLES

STRAWBERRY COCONUT POPSICLES WITH BLUEBERRIES
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Food Faith and Fitness)

Strawberry Coconut Popsicles with Blueberries

PRETZEL STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM PIE
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Browned Eyed Baker)

Pretzel Strawberry Ice Cream Pie


FRUITS

MELON BALL SALAD
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Zesty Olive)

Melon Ball Salad

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE BITES
(Photo and recipe courtesy of The Kitchen Is My Playground)

Red, white, and blue strawberry cheesecake bites

BEVERAGES

LIMEADE WITH A TOUCH OF MINT
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Simply Recipes)

Limeade with a touch of mint

GINGER TEA LEMONADE
(Photo and recipe courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker)

Ginger Tea Lemonade


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4th of July Patriotic Recipe and Menu Ideas for Your Independence Day Celebration, Cookout, Party or Picnic.

4th of July Patriotic Recipe and Menu Ideas for Your Independence Day Celebration, Cookout, Party or Picnic.

4th of July Patriotic Recipe and Menu Ideas for Your Independence Day Celebration, Cookout, Party or Picnic.

15 4th of July Recipe Ideas

 

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Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

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Combine chocolate and cherries for a healthy and delicious Black Forest Protein Smoothie.

Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein SmoothieNote: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon products.

When fresh cherries are in season, I like to buy a bag, pit them, and freeze them for use in my smoothies. Off season, you can usually find frozen cherries in your grocery store, but make sure they’re pitted! You don’t have to use frozen, pitted cherries in your smoothie, but I like to add them frozen because I dislike adding ice to my smoothies. I find that ice dilutes the flavor while the addition of the frozen fruit keeps it frosty cold.

Here’s a super simple cherry pitter that may come in handy during cherry season!

Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

I also add a frozen banana to this smoothie; it adds a little sweetness. I also add a bit of honey because the unsweetened cocoa can be sharp to the taste. I use unsweetened almond milk, so the addition of honey helps even out the flavor without being too sweet. Of course, adjust all to suit your taste, especially if you’re using sweetened almond milk or if your protein powder is already sweetened.

This is one smoothie recipe where I don’t blend in stages: I just add all the ingredients to my Vitamix blender and let ‘er rip! I do a taste test and adjust accordingly, such as adding more honey or more cocoa if that’s what my taste buds say to do. Enjoy!

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Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
 
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Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla or plain protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen cherries, pitted
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp honey (adjust according to taste)
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (adjust according to taste)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and mix.

  2. Taste and add more honey or more cocoa to taste. Blend.

  3. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and garnish lightly with cocoa (optional).

Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
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Mother’s Day Gifts For The Mom Who Loves To Cook

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Here are a few Mother’s Day Gifts Ideas For The Mom Who Loves To Cook.

If your mom is always in the kitchen, whipping up something magical and delicious, then you’re sure to find something here that will please her for Mother’s Day!

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Mother's Day Gifts For The Mom Who Loves To Cook

Note: This post contains affiliate links for products on Amazon.

The Wellness Mama Cookbook:

The Wellness Mama Cookbook: 200 Easy-to-Prepare Recipes and Time-Saving Advice for the Busy Cook

 Essential Gourmet Finishing Sea Salt Collection

Essential Gourmet Finishing Sea Salt Collection

Le Creuset of America Pitcher

Le Creuset Of America Pitcher

Hiware Glass Teapot with Removable Infuser, Stovetop Safe

Hiware Glass Teapot with Removable Infuser, Stovetop Safe

Tea Forté Single Steeps Loose Tea Sampler Tea Chest

Tea Forté Single Steeps Loose Tea Sampler Tea Chest

Instant Pot 7 In 1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart

Instant Pot 7 In 1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart

Williams Sonoma Hand Soap and Lotion Set Pink Grapefruit

Williams Sonoma Hand Soap and Lotion Set (Pink Grapefruit)

Amazon Gift Card

Amazon Gift Card

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17 Tasty Mexican Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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Here are 17 Tasty Mexican Recipes for Cinco de Mayo to help inspire your fiesta-related menu!

17 Tasty Mexican Recipes For Cinco de Mayo

APPETIZERS

Cilantro Lime Salsa – (recipe and photo by Stacey Homemaker)

Cilantro Lime Salsa


Easy Restaurant Style White Queso
(recipe and photo by the Cookie Rookie)

White Queso
Homemade Mexican Guacamole Recipe (recipe and photo by My Latina Table)

Homemade Mexican Guacamole
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (recipe and photo by From A Chef’s Kitchen)

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail


Mini Chicken Chimichangas
(recipe and photo by The Girl Who Ate Everything)

Mini Chicken Chimichangas

MAIN

Baked Bell Pepper Tacos (recipe and photo by Peas And Crayons)

Baked Bell Pepper Tacos
Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa (recipe and photo by Yummy Healthy Easy)

Fish Tacos With Mango Salsa
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas (recipe and photo by Kevin’s Cooking)

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Skillet Chicken Fajitas (recipe and photo by Zesty Olive)

Skillet Chicken Fajitas
Skinny Mexican Pizza (recipe and photo by Snixy Kitchen)

Skinny Mexican Pizza

SIDES

Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce (recipe and photo by Garden In The Kitchen)

Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Homemade Refried Beans (recipe and photo by House Of Yum)

Homemade Refried Beans
Mexican Chopped Salad (recipe and photo by The Cafe Sucre Farine)

Mexican Chopped Salad

DESSERTS

Mini Margarita Cheesecakes (recipe and photo by Chocolate Moosey)

Mini Margarita Cheesecakes


Tres Leches Cupcakes
(recipe and photo by Taste And Tell Blog)

Tres Leches Cupcakes

BEVERAGES

Pink Señorita Cocktail (recipe and photo by Superman Cooks)

Pink Señorita Cocktail
Zesty Lemon Lime Mojitos (recipe and photo by Soup Addict)

Zesty Lemon Lime Mojitos

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