What's On Our Menu: 4th of July Cookout

 
 

Happy 4th of July week! We're celebrating with a few of our favorite Clean Simple Eats recipes that are easy to make that your family will love! Here's what's on our menu for our 4th of July celebrations. 

 
 
 
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The Colby Dog

Makes 4 servings

335 calories / 14F / 31C / 21P

 
 
 

Colby Dog Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken sausages (160 calories each)
  • 4 whole wheat hot dog buns
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, chopped
  • 80g avocado chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, for garnish
  • 4 Tbs. pickle relish
  • Mustard, optional

Cucumber Salad Ingredients:

  • 5 cups cucumber slices
  • 2 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar in the raw
  • ½ tsp. sea salt chives, for garnish

Colby Dog & Cucumber Salad Instructions

  1. Heat grill to medium. Cook until all sides are browned; remove from heat.
  2. While cooking, spray a pan with cooking spray and add mushrooms. Sauté over medium heat until the mushrooms are tender. Remove from heat.
  3. Make Cucumber salad by adding all the cucumber slices to a bowl. Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt together in a separate bowl and then pour over the top of the cucumbers. Stir until well coated and garnish with chopped chives.
  4. Add grilled chicken sausages to the buns. Top each one with ¼ cup sautéed mushrooms, 20g avocado, red onions, 1 Tbs. pickle relish and a drizzle of mustard. Enjoy cucumber salad on the side.
 
 
 
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Grilled Bruschetta Piza

Makes 4 servings

350 calories / 12F / 33C / 27P

 
 
 

Grilled Bruschetta Ingredients: 

  • 4 pieces Stonefire mini naan bread
  • ½ cup marinara sauce
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1
  • 0 oz. raw chicken breast (8 oz. grilled)
  • Dash paprika
  • Dash garlic powder
  • Dash onion powder
  • 6 oz. tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 oz. cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. minced garlic
  • Dash sea salt
  • Dash ground black pepper
  • Pinch fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbs. balsamic glaze

Grilled Bruschetta Pizza Instructions:

  1. Grill chicken according to the directions in the Food Prep Guide.
  2. Heat grill to low heat.
  3. Spread 2 Tbs. Marinara sauce over each piece of naan bread then add 2 Tbs. mozzarella and 2 oz. chopped grilled chicken to each pizza. Sprinkle with paprika, garlic powder and onion powder. Place on the grill and cook until cheese is melted.
  4. Combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, olive oil, minced garlic, sea salt, pepper and fresh basil together in a bowl. Evenly top pizzas with ¼ of the bruschetta salad mixture, ½ Tbs. parmesan cheese and ½ Tbs. balsamic glaze
 
 
 
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BBQ Bison Burger

Makes 4 servings

345 calories / 12F / 33C / 26P

 
 
 

BBQ Burger Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. lean ground bison
  • Dash onion powder
  • Dash garlic powder
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 4 whole grain buns

Sides & toppings per serving:

  • 1 Tbs. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tomato slices 50g onions, chopped & sautéed
  • Butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 Tbs. Stubbs BBQ sauce

BBQ Burger Instructions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine bison with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Divide into four, 3 oz. portions and form into burger patties. Gently press thumb down in the middle of the patty to make the middle slightly thinner than the outside edges.
  3. Place burgers on the grill and cook about 5-7 minutes per side. Transfer to the top rack or to a plate and immediately top with cheese.
  4. While burgers are cooking, chop onions and add them to a greased frying pan over medium/high heat. Cook until tender and slightly brown. Toast the buns by adding them to a greased frying pan over medium heat. Toast both sides. Prepare all the veggies and other toppings. Serve burgers on toasted bun with all toppings listed.
 
 
 
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Triple Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Makes 16 Servings

170 calories / 9F / 17C / 5P (per serving)

 
 
 

What You'll Need: 

16 small cups/bowls

OR

one large glass bowl

Ingredients for the crust:

  • ¼ cup organic coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbs. unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tbs. flaxseed meal
  • 2 Tbs. cold water
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups oat flour {oats ground up in a blender}
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1 cup non-fat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 droppers full vanilla stevia drops
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Triple Berry Mixture:
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 cups blackberries or raspberries
  • 2 Tbs. organic coconut sugar

Triple Berry Cheesecake Trifle Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread all berries out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with 2 Tbs. coconut sugar. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Transfer to a bowl and let chill in the fridge for one hour.
  2. Beat the butter/coconut oil and coconut sugar together in a large bowl. Add egg, vanilla, applesauce, flaxseed meal and water. Mix until well combined. Add in the oat flour, almond flour and sea salt; mix well. Press evenly into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. It should look golden and lightly browned on the edges. Remove and let cool in pan. Once cool, cut into 16 squares and let chill in the fridge for one hour.
  3. Beat the cream cheese together with the vanilla stevia drops and the vanilla extract until smooth. Slowly beat in the Greek yogurt until smooth. Store in the fridge for one hour.
  4. For the individual bowls, add ½ of a cookie crust square to the bottom of the bowl then layer 2 Tbs. cream cheese filling and 2 Tbs. berries over the top, then repeat the layers. For the large bowl, Add 8 of the cookie squares to the bottom of the bowl then layer ½ of the cream cheese mixture and ½ of the berries over the top, then repeat the layers. Enjoy cold!
 
 
 
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Fruit & Froyo Bark

Makes 4 servings

220 calories / 7F / 22C / 16.5P

 
 
 

Fruit & Froyo Bark Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1½ Tbs. coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup fresh, chopped strawberries
  • ¼ cup fresh, chopped kiwi (optional - sub with more berries if you'er sticking with the 4th of July theme)
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup (30g) granola

Fruit & Froyo Bark Instructions:

  1. Mix the two yogurts together and then stir in the melted coconut oil.
  2. Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Pour yogurt mixture into the pan and smooth it out evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle the fruit and granola over the top. Cover and freeze for 4+ hours.
  3. Remove from freezer and cut into 4 equal portions. Enjoy!
 
 
Erika Peterson