Even though many of us will be spending the Fourth Of July holiday at home this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some holiday fun with your families by cooking up some festive recipes together! From appetizers and snacks, to sweet treats and desserts, we’ve compiled our favorite patriotic food ideas to get the whole family together!
1. Festive fruit salad.
This recipe is simple and delicious! All you need are some blueberries and watermelon slices, and a star-shaped cookie cutter. Once you’ve washed and sliced your watermelon, cut out star shapes with your cookie cutter. Wash and dry your blueberries, mix in a large bowl with the watermelon, and you’re ready for a fun treat! For babies and toddlers, cut the watermelon into appropriate-sized slices and remove any seeds. Cut blueberries in half. You can also puree some of the fruits for young babies.
2. Red, white, and blue skewers.
Get some skewers, and make a pattern from cherry tomatoes, cubes of mozzarella cheese, and blueberries for a red, white, and blue surprise! For younger babies and toddlers, cut blueberries in half, cut cheese into smaller bites, and quarter the tomatoes. This can be a fun snack for school-aged children to assemble by themselves!
1. Star-spangled pasta salad.
This recipe is healthy and tasty! What you’ll need: elbow noodles, cheddar cheese, cucumbers, salami, and a star-shaped cookie cutter. Wash and slice cucumbers into thin circles. Then cut the salami and cheddar cheese into star shapes using the cookie cutter. Next, cook and cool the elbow noodles (use tri-color noodles for added color!). Toss together with some olive oil or your favorite salad dressing, and you’re all set! Serve cold for best flavor. For toddlers, cut the meat, cheese, and cucumbers into smaller pieces.2. Patriotic pizzas.
This family-friendly dish never gets old! Even young toddlers can enjoy assembling their own pizza! You can use either store-bought pizza crust, make your own, or use pitas or bagels as the “crust.” Spread marinara sauce over the top, and add any toppings you prefer! Some ideas include: mozzarella cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, or sliced mushrooms.
1. Dressed-up ice cream sandwiches.
This one is simple if you’re running short on time (or patience!). Grab a pack of ice cream sandwiches and some red, white, and blue sprinkles. Pour the sprinkles into a bowl, and carefully roll the ice cream sandwich along the sprinkles to decorate the outside of the vanilla ice cream! These treats are adorable and simple!
2. Frozen yogurt kabobs.
Assemble raspberries, blueberries, and banana chunks on skewers, and then dip in vanilla yogurt and freeze. This sweet treat is fun for older kids to assemble and enjoy, and it’s much healthier than ice cream!
3. Graham cracker flags.
Spread cream cheese over a graham cracker, and then decorate with blueberries and strawberry slices to make an American flag. All you need is four blueberries (or two blueberries, halved) for the upper lefthand corner, and a few strawberry slices to make the red stripes. This is another sweet treat that older children might have fun making themselves!
(Note: for younger children, you might opt to blend the berries with the yogurt before freezing to prevent choking)
5. Patriotic pudding cups.
These pudding cups are cute and patriotic! Make some vanilla pudding, and then divide into three bowls. Add blue food coloring to one bowl, and red food coloring to another bowl. Then, get some clear plastic cups and layer the puddings in red, white, and blue. Top with fresh berries, whipped cream, or crumbled cookies for some added flavor!
However you choose to spend your holiday weekend, we hope you’ll pick one or two of these fun recipes to try! Have a wonderful Fourth Of July, KeaParents!
Meet Our KeaMommy Contributor: Kaitlyn Torrez
|I’m Kaitlyn Torrez, from the San Francisco Bay Area. I live with my husband and two children, Roman and Logan. I’m a former preschool teacher, currently enjoying being a stay at home mom. I love all things writing, coffee, and chocolate. In my free time, I enjoy reading, blogging, and working out.|