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!

Mains:

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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daily eats: 6.8.11

Wednesday 6.8.11

6:25 am: Realize I’ve overslept. Ugh. Roll out of bed and head downstairs for a quick, but intense 30 minutes on the elliptical. Thank the weather gods that it is no longer 103° and humid, I like to save those temps for hot yoga.

Stop by Caribou for daily coffee + coconut creamer…where they know my name. :) I like it.

 

Finish reading The Pioneer Woman’s Love Story during commute (not while I was driving of course) – fantastic book, I loved it!

Breakfast: 2 slices sprouted bread + earth balance + peanut butter

Lunch: Brown rice + chard + tofu topped with goddess dressing + sriracha (inspired by Eat Live Run) with a side of greens. :)

Wonder if I’ll be able to make it through the afternoon (my snack stash is seriously lacking at work.)

End up being so busy at work that I don’t even think about being hungry.

 

Head out and realize I’m hungry. Actually I totally planned it. Stop by Starbucks (because I had a gift card) and order a strawberry smoothie. They are out of bananas. Stare at the menu with no clue what to order. Order a coffee Frappuccino light, 2% milk. “Wait, what is the light Frappuccino mean?” I ask the barista. “Sugar-free.” “Scratch that, I’ll take a regular, 2%.”

Afternoon Snack #1: Drink about a third of it in the car/my personal library.


Visit a precious little baby and want one.

Sitting in traffic, I practice/plan out the yoga sculpt class I’ll be teaching at camp. I’ve found driving is the perfect time to do this, even though people probably wonder what I’m doing.

Come home starving so the Taster whips up some “Minnesota Sushi.”

Afternoon Snack #2: also known as ham, pickle and cream cheese roll-ups.

God I’m glad I grew up in the Midwest.

 

Dinner: cod + tartar sauce and broccolini (my favorite!)

Sometimes I like to eat a light dinner just so I can snack later, is that wrong?

Have trouble deciding between popcorn and gelato.

Why decide? Have both!

Evening Snack #1: Belgian Chocolate Gelato – few bites

Umm, why is this the first time I’ve had gelato?! It’s amazing!

Evening Snack #2: Popcorn + a little butter

Rough Calorie Estimate: 1,900

Thoughts on the day: Missing fruit and different colored veggie!

annie chun’s dinner party

This dinner party started like all of the other dinner parties I have.

With prosecco. Prosecco with ume plum wine to be exact.  I was lucky enough to participate in an Annie Chun’s Dinner Party, which meant I was to host an Asian Dinner Party, choosing between Korean, Thai or Chinese fare. I decided to go with a Korean theme, mainly because the Korean Flank Steak recipe sounded amazing!

Menu

Starters: Chicken and Pork Pot Stickers, Rice Crackers & Roasted Seaweed

Main: Korean Flank Steak with Sticky Rice, Pickled Cucumber Salad and Sigumchi Namul (Korean Seasoned Spinach)

Dessert: Black Sticky Rice with Coconut Mango Ice Cream

This dinner party was a lot of fun to plan – with a little guidance from Annie Chun’s and plenty of creative room – I decided on a menu that like most of my dishes, is healthy, simple, full of vegetables and delicious as ever.

The starters were Pork and Chicken with Vegetable Pot Stickers served alongside some Rice Crackers and Roasted Seaweed for munching. (We did have a slight fiasco with the pot stickers sticking to the pan because I don’t think I used enough oil, but thankfully my guests didn’t judge me too much and they still tasted good!) :)

A marinade of Korean BBQ sauce and gochujang sauce flavored the Flank Steak impeccably, and the Taster cooked it to perfection! After some quick internet searches for some side dishes to go along with the Korean Steak I decided on a pickled cucumber salad (so simple!) and Sigumchi Namul. Both side dishes allowed me to do most of the prep work ahead of time and the great thing about spinach is that it literally takes 2 minutes to cook. Since there would be rice twice during the meal, I knew I wanted strictly veggie sides. The greens also add a beautiful contrast to the plate.

Dessert was easy. But I can’t really take credit for it. You see, desserts have never really been my strong point and I just happen to know someone who makes home-made ice cream in all sorts of flavors. Yes, home-made! So Kate made some Coconut Mango Ice Cream for me and I served it over the black sticky rice. The ice cream was great – not too sweet, with hints of mango and coconut. It really was the perfect ending.

It is actually quite rare for me to have dinner parties. I love to entertain, but because our table only seats 4 and our dishes are less than desirable, entertaining is usually limited to appetizers and cocktails. Since this was a bit of a special meal, I also wanted to really think about the table settings and decorations. Just like dessert, decorating is not something I really excel at so I wanted to keep it simple. Flowers and candles were easy, and always warm up a table; and the little cards on each place setting read Jalmukesumneda, which essentially means, I’m looking forward to this meal.

And I really was. :)


Annie Chun’s provided me with various products and compensation for other ingredients for hosting this dinner party.


salted maple-caramel sauce

Let’s start the New Year on a sweet note, shall we?

When I saw this recipe, I tore it out immediately not as a topping for the Maple-Gingerbread Layer Cake recipe that it accompanied, but for a topping for ice cream. More specifically, as an ice cream topping for my Dad.

But then I made it, and tried it – for quality assurance of course – and then the Taster tried it, and we loved it. It is sweet with a touch of salt. Thankfully I had doubled the batch and we had plenty to savor without dipping into Dad’s stash. The Taster put some in coffee, wanted to put it on eggs and we tried it with apple slices. Heaven. I suspect this sauce would make anything taste utterly decadent and ridiculously good.

Salted Maple-Caramel Sauce - makes about 2 cups – adapted from Bon Appétit

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the butter in sauce pan. Add maple and brown sugars and whisk together for about 2-3 minutes, until thick and boiling.

Whisk in cream. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking often. Boil until mixture thickens and has reduced.

Remove from heat and add salt and vanilla. Cool, cover, and chill.