4th of July Recipe Round Up!

The 4th of July is just days away and to be honest it’s one of my favorite holidays to celebrate of course, because it’s Mike’s birthday, but also because it’s one of those days you can usually find me outside, cocktail in hand grilling up a huge spread of food while listening to music and hanging out with friends. It’s the best!

I figured I’d put together a post with some of my go-to holiday weekend recipes!

 

 

 

 

 

First things first, I start with a Jalapeno Margarita. It’s slightly sweet, a little spicy and so refreshing!

 

 

 

 

 

I love to make up  Shrimp Boil Packets AHP 128 in advance and then throw them on the grill when my guests arrive –  this minimal clean-up simple take on the traditional Low Country Boil is so fun to eat and absolutely delish! I actually cooked this one up recently on an episode of Mom2Mom. 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Vegetable Pasta AHP 099   is another awesome summery entertaining friendly recipe! While fresh pasta is my favorite it also works well with dried fettuccine. It’s a light, flavorful pasta dish loaded with a mix of sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, tender zucchini, and fresh mint, finished off with salty Pecorino Romano cheese! I mean, what else could you possibly need?

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled Shrimp and Artichoke Salad AHP 153 A light and crisp refreshing salad. Perfect as an appetizer or side!

 

 

 

 

 

Late Summer Heirloom Tomato Salad with Ciabatta Toast AHP 189  A salad of simply dressed heirloom tomatoes with crunchy ciabatta toasts, just begging to soak up all of the olive oil and juices. This one is simple but oh so good!

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetarian Panzanella Salad AHP 067 Crispy Mediterranean veggies and crunchy baguette croutons all tossed in a tangy red wine and mustard vinaigrette for the perfect summer salad alongside almost any grilled meat!

 

 

 

 

 

Pork Chops with Grain Mustard Potato Salad AHP 501 – this potato salad is a game changer.

 

 

 

 

 

And for dessert, I go all out with the red white and blue theme with my Macerated Berries and Limoncello Creme. They’re super simple to make but SO elegant and delicious.

 

So there ya have it – a little glimpse into what you probably find on my table on the 4th of July at my house 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you all cook up this holiday weekend!

 

xo

 

Kate

 

The Best Recipes to Take to A Potluck or Party! 

It can be a little challenging to stick to your healthy lifestyle in social settings when you’re first starting out. Today I want to share some of my  F A V O R I T E  quick and easy A Healthy Passion meals perfect to take with you to any party so you have something  you know will make you feel good. And they’re absolutely delicious so your friends won’t even realize they’re healthy!

Happy Cooking

xo

Kate

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Thanksgiving Game Plan

Pulling off Thanksgiving Day can be a little stressful without a plan so today I am sharing my tips and game plan for a stress-free holiday!

1 – Get Organized. Put together a game plan and stick to it. Write out your menu, make notes on what can be easily prepped in advance and reheated or even partially prepped (I shave my brussels sprouts days in advance and store them uncooked in tupperware). I also like to look at what takes time in the oven vs stovetop so I know how to best utilize  my limited space and then I like to look at cooking times so I know when to start each dish to make sure they all come together at once.

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Football Season Entertaining {build your own nachos bar}

Fall is officially here and with the transition of seasons comes a new reason to entertain. And that reason, my friends, is football season. Whether you’re a football fan or not I am sure we can all agree that football food is some of the best. So while I love a good game, my main focus is on what I can cook that’s both simple and tasty to keep everyone, including myself, happy.

A go-to for any party is some sort of dish that can be prepped in advance and people can sort of help themselves. More often than not that’s some kind of cheese and charcuterie board but I took a similar concept when designing my “build your own nachos bar” and I find it to be  relatively effortless, yet people pleasing way to entertain guests.

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Building the Perfect Cheese Board

I LOVE to entertain! And one tip I share quite often when asked about how I make entertaining look so effortless is the importance of prepping ahead. When I’m entertaining, the last thing I want is to be stuck in the kitchen all night. Prepping ahead can mean anything from slicing, dicing and chopping to cooking an entire dish before your guests arrive to my personal favorite – the cheese and charcuterie tray!

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