4th of July Recipe Round Up

With 4th of July weekend right around corner, I’m sure many of you plan on attending BBQs and outdoor events.  Here is a round-up of my easy summery recipes that will make for the perfect 4th of July treat!  From healthy sides, skinny desserts and refreshing cocktails, you’re sure to bring a crowd pleaser!

Dijon Parmesan Green Bean Salad

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Caprese Skewers

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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins with Turkey Bacon & Cheddar Cheese

Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

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M&M Cheesecake Bars (Weight Watchers)

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Blood Orange Sorbet Champagne Cocktails with Fresh Mint

Basil Lime Vodka Freeze

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Flirtinis

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Watermelon Breeze Cocktails

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Caprese Skewers

My mom had us all over for Easter dinner on Sunday and I wanted to bring something light and healthy to balance out the delicious bundt cake I knew I’d be snacking on (my boyfriend’s family owns Nothing Bundt Cakes in Albuquerque…the most delicious cake in the universe). I found this recipe on The Curvy Carrot and I knew it would make the perfect appetizer for Easter.

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It took only minutes to put together and it makes a beautiful, colorful snack. This will be a perfect summer appetizer to make for pool days and wine nights with the girls. It’s high in flavor and very low in fat and carbs.

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Enjoy!

Caprese Skewers

Adapted from The Curvy Carrot

Ingredients

  • 1 lb mixed medley cherry tomatoes (I got mine from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 12 oz. container of marinated fresh mozzarella (I got these from Trader Joe’s as well)
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, gently torn into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Wooden skewers, for serving

Instructions

  • Beginning with a fresh basil leaf, spear the basil, followed by a cherry tomato, another piece of basil, a tomato, a mozzarella piece, and tomato, as desired. Repeat with each additional skewer.
  • Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and sea salt. If you use fresh mozzarella that’s not marinated, drizzle a bit of olive oil over the skewers before seasoning with the pepper flakes and salt. A bit of balsamic vinegar would add some great flavor to these as well.