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Food Ideas for the 4th

How are you celebrating the 4th? Do you make the standard burgers and hot dogs or something else? I have all next week off work. So we are unplugging, relaxing, and doing family time to the max. I thought I’d just do a quick post with some food ideas for the 4th. Have a happy and safe holiday everyone! I’ll catch up with you in a week.On the Grill

Shrimp Skewers

  • You can slice vegetables big enough to place on the grill directly or put them in foil pouches to place on the grill. Either way I coat them in olive oil with a little salt, pepper, and chop whatever herbs I have on hand. It’s easy peasy but still so flavorful.
  • For a honey soy spin try marinating your chicken or pork chops in a mixture of one part honey two parts soy sauce. Feeling a little more adventurous? Try adding pineapple chunks or slices of a sweet onion.
  • Try marinating your chicken or pork chops in a mixture of 1 part jelly (I prefer peach or grape) with 2 parts BBQ sauce.
  • Try adding Tzatziki Sauce to your grilled vegetables or burgers.
  • Skewers are fun and easy. We like using shrimp and the easiest vegetables to skewer we have found are squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onion chunks, and slices of pepper. Like the grilled vegetables we just coat with olive oil, salt, pepper, and whatever fresh herbs we have.
  • For an easy side make some Balsamic Tortellini Salad.
  • You’ve heard of roasting marshmallows over the campfire.Well we line a bunch up on a skewer and roast them over the grill. Sounds weird I know, but they get roasted and have a different flavor then campfire marshmallows. It’s fun, gets the kids involved, and is tasty.
  • What do you do with all of your leftovers? Try making a mixed grill sammie. Build a sandwich with your choice bread, spread, veggies and/or meat, cheese, and herbs. Bake at 350 for a few minutes to melt the cheese and heat the meat and/or veggies through. Pictured here are leftover boneless pork chops with mixed grilled veggies, Havarti cheese, mayo, and a few sprigs of dill on ciabatta rolls.
  • Mix Grill Sammie

Charcoal marshmellows



18 thoughts on “Food Ideas for the 4th

  1. I usually do pork shish-ka-bobs for the holiday, but this year I have to work at 3am on the 4th! We’re having a big potluck at work that night, though, but I will be missing some kabobs 😦 yours are exactly how I make mine but with shrimp! I usually drench them in some Italian dressing. Yum.

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  2. $$ not to bad, I purchase for 6-8 weeks stores cache at a time, but it is pricey compared to Mom feeding the family of 6 for $60 / month + milk & bread runs ~ 55 yrs ago when tuna was 5 for a buck instead of 2 for a fin!
    ps: my neighborhood grocers just opened back up after 2 yrs & am saving 30% under ‘Wally World’ 😉

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    1. This made me laugh. I didn’t think you were ranting on. You’re right though, for 6-8 weeks that is not bad at all.
      We typically go to Aldi, a local meat market, and sometimes this local place by us because it’s close. WalMart kind of gives me anxiety lol

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      1. Since I make less then $45k a year I get USDA commodities every 3 months & that helps { they quit distributing cheese & pork years ago} whilst that goes to 3rd world terrorist breeding countries❗

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      1. It was relaxing fun– drove up and watched the small town parade in Ojai with our kids and had a picnic– then back home for a bar-b-que, lots of good conversations and those fireworks with friends.


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