Fourth of July is synonymous with spending time in the sun with family and friends. Unfortunately, a lot of us spend most of our time in the kitchen whipping up our best dessert or dinner dish. Because we believe that good dishes don’t have to take hours to make, we’ve rounded up our top four favorite quick and easy Fourth of July recipes. Not only will these recipes free up your time, giving you more of it to spend with your family – but your friends won’t believe it when you say your dish took under 30 minutes to make. Spend less time in the kitchen this Fourth of July and more time snacking on these simple treats everyone will be sure to love!
Super Snacking Popcorn
Popcorn is a timeless snack, able to win its way into just about anyone’s heart! But, because popcorn has been around forever, often times it’s overlooked as being the perfect party snack. Determined to break the unfair stereotype, this Super Snacking Popcorn mixes a combination of tasty flavors that are sure to have your taste buds going crazy for it. Yellow popcorn, coconut flakes, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and other wholesome ingredients are used in this dish to not only amp up the flavor, but to boost its nutritional value as well.
This naturally sweetened treat is loaded with omega-3’s, protein, antioxidants, and vitamins that can all have superpower effects on your heart, skin, and overall health. By using coconut oil instead of butter, this recipe also helps you steer clear of unhealthy fats and replaces them with good fats instead. This super snacking popcorn can be made in under 20 minutes, and is the perfect treat to make in bulk so everyone at the party can enjoy a big bowl full!
Macedonian Baked Beans
Arguably the greatest side dish of all time, beans can go with just about anything and are a protein-packed, filling treat. While there are countless traditional baked bean recipes floating around, surprise your party guest with a twist on regular beans and make these Macedonian Baked Beans instead! Chipotle, adobo sauce, and bay leaf are just a few of the secret ingredients in this recipe sure to give your beans a flavor boost and separate them from the rest. Healthy and wholesome ingredients like cranberry beans are used throughout this recipe, and the entire dish can be made in about an hour and a half. The next time you’re craving beans, or need a great side dish for a party, try out these baked beans and watch people line up for seconds!
Ancient Grains Salad with Blueberries and Fresh Corn
Salads are a staple at just about any meal, especially during a party. Get creative at your next gathering and bring a salad that is sure to leave everyone talking as you skip the greens and go straight for a whole grain medley. Not only are they packed with protein, but these grains are also more filling than a traditional salad and will help you curb those dessert cravings. Plus, instead of just sticking to fruits or veggies in your salad this salad lets you mix both by combining the sweet and delicious flavors of blueberries and corn. Blueberries are antioxidant rich and a perfect treat for a summer day out in the sun!
Fourth of July Muffins: Sour Cherry & Ricotta
Based off of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Recipe, these sour cherry muffins are nothing short of delicious! The ricotta in this recipe works to give the muffins texture and moisture, while the cherries add a sweet, tart flavor that simply screams summertime. By replacing traditional baking flour with Gluten Free Baking Flour you’ll create a recipe that’s gluten friendly and taste just like its grain-filled counterpart!
Have any other go-to Fourth of July recipes? Share your favorites in the comments below!