Aahhhh.... sweet, sweet summertime is here! Long, lazy days by the pool with lots of time for everything else you want to do. Ha! Who am I kidding? Most of us rush through summer trying to successfully meet all our responsibilities, including working full time and driving the kids to their multiple summer activities. So, when Independence Day rolls around and you’re supposed to bring a side dish to share for the 4th of July BBQ, not only are you short on time, but you might also be short on ideas. Hopefully, these simple and quick recipes will get you through the holiday!
Fruit – this is an easy "go-to" since you can basically buy it all peeled, cut, and prepared, or if you want, even a bowl of whole fruits like apples, oranges, peaches, etc., is a perfectly acceptable side that many enjoy. To jazz it up, buy some star cookie cutters to cut our different fruit to match the holiday.
Raw Veggies – again, this could easily be purchased prepared at the store, but if you want to add a personal touch, mix together an easy veggie dip using Greek yogurt, lemon, garlic, and salt and pepper.
Red, White, and Blue Trifle – this is sure to be a hit dessert! It looks so festive for the day, but it comes together in minutes. All you need is angel food cake, a sweet, creamy element like pudding, a cream cheese spread, or even plain cool whip, and some fresh strawberries and blue berries. Layer appropriately in a deep clear dish, and you have a beautiful, crowd-pleasing, and relatively healthy dessert.
Quick Quinoa – While quinoa must be cooked, it is done in 10-15 minutes making it an excellent base for a hardy, quick side dish. Try our Cucumber & Feta Quinoa salad recipe for a gourmet taste that is truly convenient.
Whatever you end up sharing at the party, remember to relax a little yourself. You deserve a day off too, so make it easy on yourself. Buy a dish already prepared if you don’t have time, and don’t feel guilty about it. Your friends and family want good food, but they want more to spend quality time with you. Happy 4th of July from all of us at Bellisari's!