I love the 4th of July. Not because I’m necessarily that Patriot (yay America!), but because I love being out in the middle of the day, in the warm sun, with a bunch of friends, grilling, swimming, running around in the grass and having a good time. And the food. I love BBQs, but really – who doesn’t?
I’ve gathered a couple tried and tested 4th of July Recipes that I’ve adapted to be Paleo. I don’t have pictures of them as I only started being the weirdo who takes pictures of my food recently (thanks for that, blogging world), but I’ve added some from the non-paleo websites if I can find them.
1. Paleo Sweet Potato Salad (Originally – Red, White and Blue Potato Salad)
I made this recipe my last 4th of July in LA and had to go to 4 different Whole Foods to find blue/purple potatoes, but it was so worth it. While the Paleo version is not colored, the salad is tangy and delicious, perfect for a hot day.
- 6 cups white sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- 3 hard-cooked large eggs, finely chopped
- 2/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 garlic clove, minced
1. Boil potatoes (or steam) for about 15-20 minutes or until tender. Cut into small cubes and allow to cool slightly.
2. Mix in onion, parsley, dill, chives and egg.
3. Combine all ingredients from vinegar down in bowl and mix together. Pour over potato mixture. Chill for 20-30 minutes and serve.
2. Paleo Smokey Chicken BBQ Skewers (Originally found here)
I always forget just how amazing grilled chicken is. I use my George Forman every day, but it does not even begin to compare to that real smokey flavor of chicken pulled straight off the grill.
- 2lb skinned chicken breast, cut into cubes
- 1/2 large red onion, cut into fourths and separated
- 1pt cherry tomatoes
- 8 metal skewers
For the Rub:
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 teasp chipotle child powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 2 teaspoons honey
1. Place chicken, onion and cherry tomatoes on skewers
2. Mix all ingredients but the honey in a bowl, then rub onto skewers. Drizzle skewers with honey.
3. Grill until done, about 4-5 min each side.
3. Paleo “SoCal” Burger
I’m calling it a SoCal burger, but it will could be a “Southwest” burger. It’s pretty much my favorite kind, combines all the flavors I love into one. Serve over a bed of mixed greens with some sweet potatoes fries (baked, not fried).
- 1lb ground beef (don’t get the super low fat kind, get like 85%)
- 2 Jalapeño Peppers, including seeds, finely chopped up. Wear gloves when doing this, or make sure to wash you hands multiple times after and don’t touch your eyes/mouth/any sensitive area.
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Poblano Pepper, cut in half and roasted in oven at 450* (or on grill) for about 15 minutes
- 1 Avocado, mashed
- 2 tsp Lime
- 1/3 cup chopped Tomato
1. Mix ground beef with chopped up Jalapenos and garlic powder. Form into patties, with a thumb print in the middle (helps it cook more evenly) and grill until done.
2. Combine mashed avocado, lime juice, chopped tomatoes pinch of salt and pepper.
3. Take 1/4-1/2 of poblano, however much you want, place on top of burger. Top with the avocado mixture and enjoy.
A couple already Paleo Munchies are:
Lemony Cucumber Salad
Spinach and Watermelon Salad (without the olive oil)
Trail Mix (great for snacking while hanging out between meals)
Ants on a Log with Almond Butter instead of peanut butter
I promise if you try any of those ideas you will not regret it. Most importantly have fun, be safe and be thankful for all the great things that come along with living in America!