The 4th of July is next week and I’ve got you guys covered for recipe ideas! From main dishes to appetizers, sides, cocktails, and desserts, here are 20 of my favorite recipes to make for your celebration!
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Bruschetta Burgers – Burgers are an obvious choice, but why not impress your guests with this tasty bruschetta topping?
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken – Too hot to grill? Rainy day? No problem! Make a big crockpot of this super simple BBQ Chicken!
Easy Grilled Chicken – Have plenty of options for guests by also grilling up some of my favorite grilled chicken!
Happy Monday, friends! I have some news to share with you today – We are moving to California next month! I’ve accepted a project scientist position in Orange County and we are so excited! We will be super close to my husband’s family and lots of our friends. It will be so nice to be close to loved ones again. And, although I have enjoyed our time in Phoenix, I can’t wait to get away from this ridiculous heat!
So, moving always means cleaning things out. I discovered some puff pastry in my freezer, bags of shredded coconut and nuts in my pantry, and had some berries that needed to be used up so I made this super simple berry tart! And how perfect would it be for the 4th of July next week? It’s light and not overly sweet. Such a great summer dessert!
I first baked the puff pastry until golden and then topped it with a tasty cream cheese and whipped cream topping. Then, I piled on lots of fresh strawberries and blueberries, toasted coconut, and almonds! This tart definitely has a fruit pizza vibe going on and I’m totally okay with that! It came together really quickly and was so super yummy! You can really customize this tart however you want. Any combination of fresh berries works. You can take or leave the coconut and almonds if that’s not your thing. You can’t go wrong with this dessert!
It’s only June and the first official week of summer, but I’m already over it. It was 125 degrees this past weekend. I mean, seriously, how is that possible? It doesn’t seem natural! I’m a big fan of oatmeal, but not a big hot bowl in this heat. Overnight oats are the perfect solution! First, they are SO easy! You just mix everything up the night before, stick the oats in the fridge, and in the morning, breakfast is all ready to go! And best of all, they are so versatile!
I’m slightly obsessed with these coconut overnight oats. They are creamy and full of coconut flavor! I used coconut milk (you can use coconut milk from a can or carton) and coconut Greek yogurt. You can experiment with light or full fat coconut milk and the same goes for the yogurt. I then topped my oats with toasted coconut and almonds. I adore the crunchy topping paired with the creamy and dreamy coconut oats!
I’ve been obsessed with peaches lately. I can smell them the second I enter the produce section and they are just irresistible to me! Fresh, ripe fruit is just heavenly this time of year and I decided to experiment with peaches in this quesadilla!
I thought this flavor combo could be weird, but I am so glad I was wrong because it’s SO good! The sweet peaches pair so well with the spicy pepper jack cheese, the arugula, and tender chicken! You can also use jack cheese if you want to give this to the kiddos. My other favorite thing about this quesadilla is the honey lime drizzle! I first saw this drizzle in Cooking Light last year and thought it would be perfect for these flavors! This quesadilla is light and so flavorful and the best way to up your quesadilla game!
I’m not sure what it is about bruschetta, but it’s truly one of my favorite things ever. All that fresh tomato loaded with garlic and fresh basil, it’s light and so flavorful! And then served over crusty bread? Yeah, I’m in heaven. I could make a meal out of bruschetta! But, today I’ve made bruschetta burgers!
I think these are the ultimate summer burger. I mean, you get to grill some burgers and then top them with a pile of light and fresh bruschetta. So summery, right?! I topped my burgers with some mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to finish them off. And as much as I love a nice hamburger bun, I would happily eat the burger and bruschetta topping without the bun too so this is a great low-carb burger option too!
I can’t believe it’s already June and that means the 4th of July is right around the corner. I think Maddie is still too young for fireworks this year seeing as she goes to bed by 7:30, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate during the day with a lot of good food!
Instead of making a regular pie, I thought it would be fun to make these festive little mini pies! I stuffed them with strawberries and blueberries and cut the pies into cute little stars to keep with a patriotic theme, but these are really quite versatile. You can use any shape and stuff them with any berry you’d like or even do a combo of berries! It’s up to you. I took a shortcut here and used refrigerated pie crust, but if you are against that, you can always make your own pie dough. I served my mini pies with some homemade whipped cream mixed with vanilla bean paste. These are the perfect summer dessert and you don’t need a plate or fork to eat them!
Can we also please talk about how much I love that little hand? Maddie has been all about watching and “helping” me take my blog photos lately. And by helping, I actually mean eating and destroying every set up, but whatever. I just so happened to catch her hand in the exact right moment for this photo!
My name is Stephanie. I started this blog because I like to cook and I wanted a place where I could share my recipes with family and friends and improve my cooking skills. Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!