The fourth of July is Independence Day. On July 4, 1776 the original thirteen colonies declared their independence from England and every year, on the fourth of July, Americans celebrate this event.
The most popular celebrations on this holiday consist of gatherings with fireworks and cook-outs. There are so many delicious and fun snacks and desserts to add to your cook-outs this year.
If you are looking for a festive snack, we suggest this simple taco salad:
Ingredients for this dish include:
- 1 pound of ground beef (or vegetarian crumble)
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of salsa
- 1 envelope of taco seasoning
- 4-6 cups of tortilla chips
- 4 cups of shredded lettuce
- 1/2 cup of pitted large olives, sliced lengthwise
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- 2-3 cups of cherry tomatoes
Detailed instructions on how to make the dish look like the flag can be found at https://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2013/05/easy-taco-salad-flag.html.
For a simple dessert, try out these ice cream sandwiches.
You can purchase ice cream sandwiches at the grocery store. When you are ready to serve, unwrap them and place each edge in sprinkles. To be the most festive, be sure to use red, white and blue sprinkles!
Detailed instructions can be found at https://www.livinglocurto.com/ice-cream-sandwich-pops/#sthash.UxIQRKXK.dpbs.
Are you looking for a healthier option? Try making fruit kabobs. These are simple to make as well. To stick with the Fourth of July-red, white and blue-theme, use watermelon, raspberries, strawberries, apples, bananas, blueberries (and maybe black berries or pineapple). Mix up the colors and fruits; be creative! Add in some marshmallows if you wish. Your kabobs can look similar to this:
Detailed instructions can be found at http://thebabybumpdiaries.com/recipes/4th-of-july-fruit-kabobs/.
Another healthy option is a veggie tray such as this:
Details can be found at https://www.livinglocurto.com/american-flag-vegetable-tray-2/#sthash.H13rcqmD.dpbs.
There are so many food options to choose from to bring to your Fourth of July celebration.
These pictures, ideas and recipes were found on Pinterest. Check out our Pinterest board, 4th of July!, for more information and ideas.
Written by: Abby Hendricks