Food, Family, and the Fourth of July

As the Fourth of July is fast approaching, we are gearing up to celebrate our countries independence with everything red, white, and blue! We have had 241 wonderful years as an independent country and have been celebrating ever since. So fire up the barbecue, call all your friends, and get the fireworks ready!

So you want to make some fun red, white, and blue foods you say? But every recipe you look up is just adding red and blue food coloring to different foods! Trying to figure out a way to celebrate your American pride without the add ins? Yeah, we understand that. Fake stuff is the worst. *cough* fake non-refrigerated cheese dip *cough cough*

Okay, so you’re reading this wondering why you would care about food coloring. I mean, we all used food coloring in tons of stuff as kids! Well now there are a lot of people with allergies to food dyes, studies about food dye causes changes in behavior, and just an overall trend to staying away from unnecessary ingredients (peep this article for more information.)

We spent some time scouring the depths of the internet, aka looking through Pinterest, to find some patriotic recipes without the coloring. These are our favorite and to be honest the easiest ideas we found.


An easy appetizer with a patriotic flare:

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Gordo’s Patriotic Nachos

 

Three ingredients, little to no prep, and always a crowd pleaser. Just grab some Gordo’s Cheese Dip, diced tomatoes (we like Rotel), and blue corn chips! Boom! Red, white and blue in a jiffy. You can use it as a dip or as nachos.

Sweet America:

Fruit is a great way to throw red, white and blue into a holiday meal!  There are tons of options for red; strawberries, cherries, watermelon, raspberries, cranberries, and the list goes on. And while it is easy to find the red for your red, white and blue, the blue tends to be a little harder to find. Blueberries are an obvious choice and blackberries work as well but other than that blue is harder to find in nature. The white aspect can be anything from bananas to a sweet dip.

 

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4th of July Fruit Kabobs from The Baby Bump Diaries

 

Personally, we find these fruit kabobs to be both fun and festive! Easy to make and easy to serve!

Flag Swag:

What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!

Another way to bring some patriotism to the party is by making your foods look like the American flag! Which as it turns out is surprisingly easy. In the Gordo’s cookbook there has always been a great layered dip but we would have never thought to change it in such a festive way! Lucky for us someone else did! Check it out here: Lightened Up 7 Layer Dip

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7 Layer Dip by Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

 

There are tons and tons of recipes and ideas to show off your American pride. And lucky for you we have collected the best of the best onto our patriotic Pinterest page.

What dance was very popular in 1776?
Indepen-dance!

So go out and enjoy your holiday weekend!