Fireworks from the 2009 Minneapolis fireworks display at the Stone Arch Bridge
Geez, can you believe it is already JULY?!
Summer is officially here, and so is the 4th of July and all that goes with it. America's Independence Day is celebrated with backyard barbeques, picnics, potlucks, cabins, and pyromaniac fiends (like my brother and his buddies) getting their jollies out by blowing stuff up and creating fiery explosions in the sky. And while these gatherings are fun, they can be really stressful for anyone with dietary restrictions. Parties are like obstacle courses, especially if you aren't hosting and you don't know what's what.
No fear! The key to these gatherings is to bring along plenty of safe food. Yes, it involves planning, but it will ensure that you have plenty eat, can relax and enjoy yourself, and not break your diet, have a reaction, or go hungry.
I dug through my archives and hand selected a wide assortment of recipes that are perfect for summer gatherings and weekends at the cabin or cottage. You will love them, other people will too, and you will feel happy, satisfied, and celebratory just like everyone eating all the "normal" food. Be sure to check out my Summer Recipe Index for more ideas.
Have a safe and happy holiday, and please don't blow your hands up or start your garage on fire. Kisses!
Summer in Minnesota is like heaven, and the only reason living through the winter is at all worth the struggle.
For a vegan burger alternative, try Sunny Quinoa Burger s or Mung Bean Burgers in a collard leaf with fresh sprouts and grated carrot. I don't think they'd do well on the grill since they are kind of fragile, but they'd still be great done up on the stove.
Make Turkey Fajita Hash and serve it in brown rice tortillas with all Summer Spaghetti with Zucchini Cashew "Alfredo"the classic taco fixings, like black olives, lettuce or thinly shredded cabbage, thinly sliced radishes, and salsa.
Rhubarb Cashew CookiesMy Black Bean Fudge is always a hit - and there is no baking involved, so it won't heat up your kitchen! For a crunchy version, try making the recipe for Fudge Sunny Bunnies but cut into stars or other fun shapes instead of rabbits.