Foodie Fridays: Patriotic Edition

In honor of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, we've got some red, white &y blue recipes for you today, courtesy of our favorite Poised chef, Emaly Hunt! These ideas will help to keep your cookouts fresh and festive, and best of all, they're 6 Weeks 2 Chic approved!

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Sweet & Savory Watermelon Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 Watermelon, deseeded and cut into half inch chunks
  • 1 cup of crumbled Feta
  • 2 or more cups of fresh blueberries
  • A few sprigs of mint, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons of good quality olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper and sea salt

Combine all of the ingredients in a pretty serving bowl and chill before serving. This is a great side or even dessert. See options below for ways to amp up the flavors

Options:

  • Add additional herbs like chives, lemon balm or basil to the mix (remember a little goes a long way)
  • Add some red pepper flakes or a few dashes of cayenne (great twist on sweet, savory, spicy and salty…I love it)
  • You can make this into individual servings by placing them on skewers or toothpicks: 1 chunk of watermelon, 1-2blueberries, a “crumble of feta” (works best if you chop your own off of a large block versus the pre-crumbled in a box) and 1 small leaf of mint, lay on a tray and drizzle with oil and salt & pepper 

Bright Bites

  • 1 box black berries
  • 1 box strawberries
  • 1 box triscuits (or other salty cracker; for a LOW CARB & LOW CAL OPTION – use a cucumber slice!)
  • 1 wheel of Boursin cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of good local honey
  • Fresh sea salt & cracked pepper
  • Optional: slices of spicy salami cut into small 1 inch squares

On each “vehicle” (cracker or cucumber) place a small amount (about ½ tablespoon) of Boursin and top with either a blackberry or strawberry (and alternate the salami if you want). When arranged on a plate, drizzle the honey and sprinkle on salt and pepper. 

Poised BBQ Tips & Tricks

Use a high-fiber, whole wheat pita as your burger “bun,” and stuff it full of veggies and meat, minus all those sugar laden condiments and nutritionally void white bun. Or use fresh lettuce leaves to make yourself a “burger taco"!

Fill your plate with veggies and salad FIRST before adding your protein and the “optional” treat. I always try to take a small plate so I can only fill it so much.

Take a first pass on the BBQ without taking anything so you can decide what is REALLY worth it versus just taking one of everything. Was that over-cooked, dried out fried chicken really worth it or would you rather have had a small slice of that friend's famous chocolate cake? It's okay to treat yourself in moderation!

Remember to hydrate throughout the day, especially if you plan on having a few cocktails. Have a glass of water in between every alcoholic beverage! For some drink recipes that will help you keep it poised, check out last winter's Super Bowl snacks post

For more great recipes from Emaly, make sure to check out her blog, Grapes and Garlic, or follow her on Instagram at @grapesandgarlic. Thanks for the tips, Emaly!