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Healthy & Organic 4th of July Cookout Recipes (Entire Meal Mix & Match!)

Back in the day, 4th of July to me was a big BBQ with hot dogs, potato salad from the supermarket, and popsicles full of artificial colors and corn syrup. 

Eating this type of food – even just on a holiday – made me feel horrible. I woke up with a food hangover, my face looked puffy, and I was tired all the time. 

I’ve since learned that it’s not worth it to sacrifice my health and weight with additive-filled processed foods on holidays – and now I’ve figured out how to celebrate with fun and festive food that is actually healthy. 

Healthy food doesn’t need to be boring!

I put together a round-up for you of my 4th of July cookout favorites, and it features a couple new recipes from my new cookbook, Food Babe Kitchen. Look at all this fun, healthy food…

You can mix and match these recipes around any way you want. This is one way you can do it…

And, you can go vegan too… 

Main Dishes

I feel like you can’t have a 4th of July cookout without burgers, that’s why the main dish for both of these menus are burgers! The Grilled Pineapple Turkey Burgers from Food Babe Kitchen are absolutely incredible. There’s something so special about adding sliced grilled pineapple to burgers. The sweet-and-savory combination takes turkey burgers up a notch and really hits the spot.

Food Babe's Grilled Pineapple Turkey Burgers
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1⁄2-inch rings
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 4 burger buns
  • 1 avocado, peeled and mashed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill to 400°F. (You can also use a cast-iron pan to cook the burgers and pineapple.)
  2. Mix together the turkey, onion, oil, salt, and pepper. Form into four 4-inch-round patties.
  3. Place the patties on the grill and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side, until cooked through. While the burgers are cooking, place the pineapple slices on the grill and cook until caramelized in spots, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Set aside when done.
  4. To serve, place romaine lettuce on each burger bun and top with some of the mashed avocado. Place a turkey burger on top along with a pineapple slice.
Notes
**Please choose all organic ingredients if possible**

 

I’m always concocting new veggie burger recipes at home, now that I no longer buy packaged or processed veggie burgers because of the scary ingredients and additives they contain. The Quinoa Veggie Burgers from Food Babe Kitchen are FABULOUS and too EASY not to make ASAP. You can make several ahead of time and either freeze or refrigerate them to enjoy later. Just have the grill master plop them on the grill to reheat and you’ve got a delicious plant-based, protein-packed meal.

Food Babe's Quinoa Veggie Burgers
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, room temperature
  • 1 baked sweet potato, skin removed, mashed, room temperature
  • 1 egg or 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1⁄2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground mustard seed (optional)
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Melted coconut oil for brushing burgers
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the burgers, except the coconut oil, in a large bowl. Form into 8 patties using a generous 1⁄4 cup of mixture for each.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment and brush with coconut oil. Place the patties on the oiled parchment and brush with a small amount of coconut oil. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the bottoms brown. Using a metal spatula, flip the patties over and bake 5 to 10 minutes longer.
Notes
**Please use all organic ingredients if possible**

 

Appetizers

This healthy 7 layer dip is absolutely fabulous to and perfect for the 4th – it’s fun to prepare and a good opportunity to get a load of vegetables in to get the party started! I love how I sneaked in some kale – I promise no one will notice. I like serving it with organic corn chips and celery sticks. I like to alternate between the two so I don’t eat so many chips at one sitting.

Food Babe's Healthy 7-Layer Dip
 
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cooked black beans (or 2 BPA free cans)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 2 cups finely chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro, more as desired
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 16 ounces hummus (homemade or organic store-bought)
  • 32 ounces salsa, drained (I like Field Day brand)
  • 1 cup goat cheese crumbled or shredded
  • ½ cup chopped black olives
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the black beans in a bowl and add the cumin, chili powder and a few shakes of salt and pepper. With a masher or the back of a spoon slightly mash some of the black beans. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the kale, romaine, oil and garlic and massage the kale mix until it starts to soften. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, place the avocado and mash with the back of a spoon. Add the tomato, onion, lime juice, cilantro and cayenne pepper. Mix and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. To assemble the dip, take a medium size bowl (try to find one with straight sides) and spread the black beans on the bottom. Top with the kale mix and then the guacamole. Next, carefully spread the hummus on top, followed by the salsa. Sprinkle the goat cheese, olives and scallions over the salsa. Serve with corn chips, crackers or veggie sticks. Enjoy!
Notes
**Please choose all organic ingredients if possible**

 

Other appetizers to try:

Drinks

My family goes bonkers for homemade ginger ale. When I realized that store-bought ginger ale is usually made with no real ginger, I was so disgusted. Manufacturers use “natural flavors” instead, because it is cheaper than using real ginger. That’s why I came up with this recipe. It’s sweet, spicy, and sooooo refreshing on a hot day. 

Food Babe's Ginger Ale
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, juiced
  • 12 ounces sparkling water
  • 1 squeeze of fresh lemon
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients. Serve over ice.
Notes
Tip: If you don’t have a juicer, you can blend the ginger with the lemon juice and squeeze the juice out of a cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer.

**Please choose all organic ingredients if possible**

 

Other drinks to try:

Sides & Salads

The star salad here is my Grapefruit Goddess Salad from Food Babe Kitchen . This tart, sweet, crunchy, and juicy salad is such a nice departure from typical salad ingredients. The combo bursts with flavor and has an amazing ability to zap sugar cravings too, which is a great side benefit! 

Food Babe's Grapefruit Goddess Salad
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and segmented
  • 1⁄4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1⁄4 cup toasted pine nuts or walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
Vinaigrette
  • 3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all the salad ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.
  2. To make the vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients together. Pour over the salad and serve.
Notes
**Please choose all organic ingredients if possible**

 

Other sides to try:

Desserts

These Blueberry “Cheesecake” Bars are fun and festive. You can garnish with sliced strawberries to give them a red, white, and blue look for the 4th. The best part is that they are no-bake and served cold from the freezer, so they are super refreshing and won’t weigh you down. 

Food Babe's Blueberry “Cheesecake” Bars
 
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Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • ⅓ cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup blueberries
Crust:
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 10-12 medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Pinch sea salt
Instructions
  1. To make the filling, place the cashews, honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, lemon juice and blueberries in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. To make the crust, place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the dates and salt and pulse until well combined. Add coconut oil and pulse once more.
  3. To assemble, line a 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. Firmly press the crust into the pan to create an even layer. Add the filling and spread evenly over the crust. Place in the freezer for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  4. To serve, cut the “cheesecake” into squares and serve with fresh berries, if desired. Enjoy!
Notes
**Please choose organic ingredients if possible.**

 

Other desserts to try:

I hope this gives you tons of ideas and inspiration to create the perfect 4th of July cookout!

If you’d love more recipes like this, you’ve got to check out Food Babe Kitchen. It includes all of the recipes that my family and I love to eat on regular basis – including snacks, desserts, salads, drinks, and everything you need to eat healthful delicious food without spending a ton of time cooking or relying on processed foods. 

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Xo,

Vani

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2 responses to “Healthy & Organic 4th of July Cookout Recipes (Entire Meal Mix & Match!)

  1. I truly appreciate all you do. Before finding Food Babe I had a 8 year old with prediabetes, a 13 year old with metabolic syndrome and prediabetes and my niece and nephew, age 11, obese and avoided most foods other than high added sugar foods and white breads, white pastas, & white rices, and a 16 year old with type 2 diabetes.

    Finding Food Babe has been wonderful to us. It took quite some time, but with significant food and other lifestyle changes eventually my kids prediabetes was reversed, as was my teens metabolic syndrome- both have lost weight. My niece who was taken to Cheesecake Factory for 4-5 cheesecake slices almost daily, multiple pieces of chocolate, two packets of brownies, multiple bowls of refined pastas & rice, 4-6 white breads almost daily, lots of french fries and BBQ, and drank nothing but diet soda, milkshakes, big gulps, and daily Starbucks large frappes. It took much longer to reverse the habits my sister and I caused to her but it eventually changed for the better, she has lost 55 pounds, and avoids added sugars the majority of the time (she only eats added sugars on holidays and birthdays now), eats organic, and has been starting to enjoy making foods at home. She enjoyed the marinated bean salad, quinoa veggie burgers, and of course the blueberry “cheesecake” bars.

    As metabolic syndrome, prediabetes eventually developing into type 2, NAFLD, and overweight/obesity run in our family these changes were a huge must. My kids conditions were reversed and my kids and niece are no longer overweight.

    My sister and I have also changed our diets, with her choosing WFPB and a year ago my brother along with his kids are following the Food Babe recipes.

    I am glad that making these changes no more health consequences for the majority of my family due to food choices and lifestyle factors.

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