Updated: Jan 23
When getting ready to move into our house, we were declaring what holidays we wanted to host before we even had furniture. Joe and I love hosting, so ideally, we would volunteer for all holidays, but since that was unfair to everyone else in our family, we took on Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July.
This year marks our third Fourth of July celebration! After making it through our first year with our "not so ready" backyard and the second year of our social distancing pandemic safe BBQ, we are really looking forward to hosting this year's celebration. The backyard is ready, the kitchen is prepared to take on the cooking tasks, and so are we!
Before we dig into our food allergy-friendly menu, we wanted to share some brands we use to complete our "Free From" grilling:
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Our Fourth of July and Summer BBQ Menu
What you will find in our round-up:
Building your allergy-safe burger: In this blog post, we list all the safe ingredients and brands we use to make our food allergy-safe burgers. Follow the steps to build your perfect food allergy-friendly burger, ingredient options including free from gluten, soy, corn, dairy, nightshades, coconut, canola, and mustard.
Vegan hot dogs: Being allergic to nightshades and mustard, I haven't had any luck with finding safe hot dogs. Instead, now, I make my own vegan hot dogs!
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup water
6 carrots, peeled and shaped to look like hot dogs
Combine all ingredients, from liquid smoke to water, in a bowl. In a large Ziploc bag, place your carrots and the mixture. Seal tight and marinate overnight in the fridge. Cook on the grill, turning over every minute or so, until mostly soft. Enjoy with a bun and toppings of your choice!
We made our buns using Happy Camper's Easy Peasy Flour Mix.
BLT Pasta Salad: What's not to like? Gluten-free pasta? Good! BLT? Good! All that in one dish? GOOD! If this salad isn't up your alley, you can check out Momma Mac's Potato Salad - COMING SOON.
Garlic Ranch Chicken Wings or Buffalo Cauliflower Bites: The most famous Fourth of July food tradition is the all-American barbecue! Statistically speaking, more than 74 million Americans will plan to barbecue for this holiday. Add chicken wings to the menu, or even vegetarian wings. You can follow our recipes or change the sauce to a good ol' fashion barbecue sauce.
Ol' Fashion Apple Pie and Paleo Apple Pie: While pie is a common food tradition during many American holidays, pies filled with fresh summer fruits are surely a Fourth of July food tradition. And it pairs so perfectly with our next item...
Cado Ice Cream: Americans are famously known to celebrate with ice cream. I was starting to come to terms with never being able to have ice cream ever again...then we discover Cado! Cado is the first dairy-free, avocado-based ice cream. Each pint is packed with fresh avocado, making Cado a nutrient-dense dessert that tastes divine and leaves you feeling satisfied and nourished. Cado is also free from corn and coconut ingredients.
American Flag Cakes: One of the most quintessential Fourth of July food traditions is making everything and anything red, white, and blue. What better way to showcase these colors than with our American flag cakes. Try our American Flag Sheet Cake or Red, White, and Blue Layered Cake with an American Flag Surprise.
S'mores Cupcakes: It goes without saying that s'mores are a summertime staple. Enjoy spending time with family and friends around the fire, building s'more sandwiches, or make our S'mores Cupcake topped with an Easy Marshmallow Frosting.