Fourth of July Flavor

Who doesn’t love some tasty food while celebrating the Fourth of July? These recipes will help you stay cool, healthy and happy while enjoying time with friends, family and fireworks.

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Bunless Burgers
2 lbs of ground beef
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp of fine sea salt
1 tsp of black pepper
1 head of green leaf or butter lettuce
Any condiments you prefer- pickles, ketchup, mustard, tomatoes, onions, avocado, cheese, etc

Directions
Preheat grill to medium heat
In a large bowl, mix ground beef with all ingredients except lettuce and condiments
Create 8 patties, unless you prefer smaller patties
Grill for 5 minutes on each side
Set in a lettuce wrap on a plate and let your guests make their way down the condiment line

Vegetarian tip: Swap a vegetarian burger for the ground beef. You can have it with or without a bun

Red, White and Blue Salad
1/2 pint of blueberries
1/2 lb strawberries, hulled and cut in half
1/2 C crumbled goat cheese- creamy also works well
2 9 oz bags of pre-washed spinach- you can also mix up your greens by adding arugula or baby kale
2 Tbsp apple cider vingear
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions
Add spinach or other greens to a large bowl
Add berries and stir to mix well
Add cheese and stir to mix well
In a small bowl, mix apple cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil
Pour vinegar and oil mixture over salad mix and stir to coat
Let stand in fridge for 15-20 minutes so flavors absorb well

Super Skewers
30 strawberries, hulled
30 pieces of pineapple, cubed
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp honey

Directions
Soak wooden skewers in water for one hour
Alternate strawberry and pineapple pieces on skewers
Mix oil and honey together, drizzle over each skewer
Grill skewers for 2 minutes on each side

Tasty tip: You can make a dip by whipping together coconut cream and almond milk. Buy one can of full fat coconut milk and place in the fridge over night. Open can and scoop out hard coconut cream that has settled on top. Place in a blender to whip, slowly adding almond milk if you would like a thinner finished product.

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