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Yummy Real Food Recipes for July 4th

Tired of hot dogs full of additives, nitrates, or MSG? GMO-corn chips served with Velveeta dips? Want to eat or serve something you can actually be proud of this Independence Day? All you orthorexics out there know just what I’m talking about.

In the hopes of inspiring you to realize that you can eat FRUGAL, nutrient-dense foods that feed AND please a crowd, I’m offering you my July 4th menu, complete with recipes. This menu also happens to be grain-free for all you going low-carb, gluten-free, or primal.

Finger Foods

Main Dishes

Choice of:




What are YOU serving up this 4th of July? I’d love to see your recipes, too!

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11 Responses to Yummy Real Food Recipes for July 4th
  1. tsjama
    July 1, 2010 | 8:08 pm

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    July 1, 2010 | 8:08 pm

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  4. AndreAnna (Primal Matriarch)
    July 1, 2010 | 8:33 pm

    Lots of fresh fruit and veggies from the farmer’s market! And I’m sure I’ll be eating my BLT in a Bowl at least once! It’s so fresh and delicious! (Also: BACON. Mmm. Ha!)
    .-= AndreAnna (Primal Matriarch)´s last blog post …Eighty Percent =-.

  5. Motherhen68
    July 2, 2010 | 8:32 am

    I’m sure we’ll be having melon from my own garden & the farmer’s market as well as some sort of bbq’ed meat. I”m thinking a pulled pork butt or a brisket as well as bbq hamburgers and maybe a cut up fryer. We go big when we bbq, makes it easier the following week after the holiday. Happy 4th of July!
    .-= Motherhen68´s last blog post …4th of July =-.

    • KristenM
      July 2, 2010 | 8:57 am

      I brought my egg farmer a ton of empty egg cartons yesterday, and he paid me with lovely food — including the first of this year’s cantaloupe! So excited to try it!

  6. Walter Jeffries
    July 3, 2010 | 2:06 pm

    And if you want Hot Dogs but without the hot additives, nitrates and MSG the look for a local brand. Our farm makes smoked hot dogs from our pastured pork. Another local farmer makes hot dogs from his pastured beef. Nothing but the good stuff in them. I’m sure there are many other small farms doing the same thing as well as linked sausages which are also great on the grill.


    Sugar Mountain Farm
    Pastured Pigs, Sheep & Kids
    in the mountains of Vermont
    Read about our on-farm butcher shop project:

  7. Sydney
    July 5, 2010 | 7:22 am

    My favorite food for any kind of gathering is chili:

    * 1 packaged serving of meat from Yves
    * 1 large can of organic tomatoes
    * 1 can each of organic black beans and organic red beans
    * organic cumin to taste
    * chipotle chili powder to taste
    * sea salt

    I dump everything into a pot and cook it for about 30 minutes.

    The great thing is that nobody knows it’s vegetarian. Last year my brother visited from NY and he wanted chili dogs like my mom used to make when we were kids. He and his wife talked about how dreadful vegetarian chili is – all the while they were scarfing down my veggie chili dogs. I didn’t say a word but I surely did laugh inside.
    .-= Sydney´s last blog post …Happy Independence Day On This 4th Of July- 2010 =-.

  8. sippitysup
    July 6, 2010 | 4:44 pm

    That’s quite a feat you present Thanks, GREG

  9. Lorinda Watts via Facebook
    June 30, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    Lord knows I need this.

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