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Easy Fourth of July food ideas

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The Fourth of July is right around the corner, leaving many wondering what to do about food. Whether staying home or heading out, easy recipes are desired for a day of family, friends, and fun. No one wants to cook all day, so make as many food items as possible the day before to free up time.

Breakfast Ideas

  • Make blueberry pancakes. Top with a warm sauce made from maple syrup and your choice of raspberries or strawberries. Heat on the stove to allow the berries to cook down. Pour over the top of the pancakes, then add fresh strawberries.
  • Try homemade waffles topped with whipped vanilla coconut cream, bananas, blueberries, and strawberries.

Snacks

  • Toothpick snacks: Thread a blueberry at the top of each toothpick, then a mozzarella ball, and a cherry tomato. Add another mozzarella ball, as well as a second blueberry.
  • Put together easy parfaits: Place blueberries at the bottom of clear sundae cups. Add a layer of vanilla yogurt, then some raspberries. Top with a dollop of yogurt, and a few blueberries.
  • Blueberry muffins. Or strawberry. Or even raspberry.
  • Skewer treats: Alternate Strawberries, mini marshmallows, and blueberries.

Lunch or Dinner

  • Serve burgers topped with a thick slice of mozzarella, and an equally thick slice of fresh tomato.

Beverages

  • Lemonade: Add some fruits before adding the water. Rinse blueberries and strawberries. Put 1/4 cup of blueberries into the pitcher. Slice 5 or 6 strawberries, and add them as well. Using fresh pineapple, cut stars out with a cookie cutter. Place 6 or 7 of these into the pitcher. Follow the rest of the directions for making the lemonade. Refrigerate.
  • Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of a pitcher with cranberry juice. Pour apple juice into the pitcher until the liquid level reaches 2/3 full, then add fresh blueberries, cherries, and raspberries. Just before filling cups, place a few of each, as well as a some diced apple or bananas.

Desserts

  1. Make a basic banana cream pie, topping it with dollops of whipped vanilla coconut cream, and add some raspberries and blueberries.
  2. Top ice cream with strawberry sauce and blueberries.

What will you be serving this Fourth of July? Share with us in the comments below.

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