4th of july food

I’ll be working in Florida this weekend at the Gluten Intolerance Group Conference, but hopefully most of you will be celebrating the 4th with a long weekend, delicious eats and maybe a fun summer cocktail or two!

4th of July food is a must, right?

Which is why I’ve compiled this list of some of my favorite foods and drinks this 4th of July! Some are healthy, some are not. Either path you choose, enjoy your meal, enjoy your family and/or friends and enjoy our freedom!


Italian Chicken Burgers

Tijuana Dogs

Mexican Black Bean Burgers (The Healthy Everythingtarian)

Parmesan Pesto Veggie Sandwich (Pinch of Yum)

Chipotle Steak Sliders (In Good Taste)

Shrimp Po’ Boys (baked not fried from The Avid Appetite)

Starters and Sides:

Guacamole Bar (so fun!)

Greek Potato Salad

Orange Ale Viniagrette & Arugula Salad

Grilled Cauliflower, Sage & Brown Butter

Grilled Green Beans with Dill Feta (Fake Food Free)

Peach, Proscuitto & Chevre Crostini (Eating for England)

Bean & Feta Salad (A Fit & Spicy Life)

Quinoa with Zucchini, Blueberries & Feta (Bran Appetit)

Drinks and Sweets:

Heirloom Tomato Bloody Marys

Cucumber, Mint & Basil Vodka Spritzer

S’mores Bars (Satisfy My Sweet Tooth)

Firecracker Whoopie Pies (Annie’s Eats)

Summer Desserts (Foodily)

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sriracha popcorn

I’ve been trying to think of a way to combine popcorn and sriracha (my two favorites!) for one ridiculous snack. Don’t ask me why I never thought to google it – it just never occured to me. (This has sadly been like a year in the making.)

When the idea finally came to me, I realized how silly I had been! This was so simple, so not profound, so….right in front of my face, why hadn’t I thought of this before?!

I didn’t beat myself up too much, afterall, I had a new obsession to get working on. I rarely eat plain popcorn anymore. It’s most likely dusted with truffle salt, or malt vinegar salt, possibly bacon salt but never plain – and never with butter. (I pop with oil so it’s not necessary) When the thought of melted butter + sriracha drizzled over popcorn finally made it to my mind?

My new life began.

And yes, it is pretty much amazing.

Simply pop popcorn, melt butter and stir in desired amount of sriracha. I love spice so I do a ratio of about 1:1.

What do you put on your popcorn?

review: kelapo coconut oil

I’m a huge fan of coconut oil. And it always helps when it is organic and fair trade like Kelapo. I have a little more work before I’ve completely convinced my Dad that it isn’t as bad as it might outwardly appear (he works in Cardiac Rehab and they really don’t take too kindly to those high saturated fat levels) but I’ll be patient. :)

On the outside, coconut oil has gotten kind of a bad rap, but it’s rather dated information in my opinion. Many studies have been done and show that coconut oil can actually promote heart health, act as an antimicrobial, absorb nutrients and minerals and help fight the signs of aging. (And you know I’m a believer in everything in moderation anyway.)

I use coconut oil in many different ways – for popping pop corn, on Hemp Bagels, in baked goods, in stir-frys as well as in smoothies.  The flavor is slightly sweet and the texture luxurious. Summer is a perfect time for a tropical-tasting smoothie, full of good fats, don’t you think?

Orange Strawberry Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

Blend ingredients together until somewhat smooth. The coconut oil will harden in little chunks, but I kind of like them while drinking my smoothie. When I’ve made it with a banana instead of berries it reminds me an orange julius.  :)

Have you tried coconut oil? Like it?

Disclaimer: Kelapo sent me coconut oil to review. The opinions are my own.

gertrude houlihan’s coleslaw

One of my favorite summer salads/coleslaws is Gertrude Houlihan’s Blue Cheese Coleslaw. It’s an old recipe from the newspaper that my mother’s been making for years and now, it’s a staple in our summer meals. I’ve shared the recipe on the blog a long time ago, but it’s so good that it deserves the spotlight. (I’d like to think my photography has improved a bit too since then!)

If you aren’t familiar with napa cabbage, it is kind of a cross between regular, green cabbage and lettuce and I just love the texture. It is more lettuce than cabbage, but holds up to dressing well, just like cabbage.

This is the perfect coleslaw for summer cookouts or simply as a side to a grilled dinner.

I’m not sure who Gertrude Houlihan is, but I’m sure glad I’ve got her coleslaw recipe.

Gertrude Houlihan's Coleslaw
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: salad, side
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 medium head of napa cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • ¼ white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • salt & pepper
  1. Layer cabbage and blue cheese. Chill.
  2. Whisk together remaining ingredients until emulsified.
  3. Toss dressing with cabbage and serve.