Celebrate the 4th minus the Carbs!

The fourth of July can be a very tempting time to dive off the cliff and enjoy some nice carby barbe….. que. Here are a few of my favs I have found while researching apps and desserts to add to our picnic repertoire!

 

BLACKBERRY & MOZZARELLA SKEWERS

courtesy of StellaStyle.com
courtesy of StellaStyle.com

with Basil and Balsamic Vinegar

Recipe from “The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook 2014
By George Stella

Prep Time 15 min / Cook Time 0 min / Serves 6, 1 each

SHOPPING LIST
6 Bamboo skewers
12 miniature balls fresh mozzarella
12 small basil leaves
12 large blackberries
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1. Thread each of the 6 skewers from bottom to top with a mozzarella ball, basil leaf, and blackberry, and repeat so there are 2 of each item on each skewer.

2. Serve cold, drizzled with a small amount of balsamic vinegar.

HELPFUL TIPS
You can also prepare this as an antipasto-style salad by tossing all ingredients together in a bowl.

Believe it or not, a light sprinkling of fresh cracked black pepper goes amazingly well on these!

Calories: 65 Fat: 4g Protein: 5g Fiber: 0.5g Net Carbs: 1.5g

 

Another Delicious treat is this 7 Layer salad

SEVEN LAYER SALAD
Recipe by Mary Beth Guard
From George Stella’s Good Carb Family Cookbook

Courtesy of Stellastyle.com

Prep Time 30 mins/Cook Time 0 mins/Serves 16

Shopping List
2 bags slaw mix or 1 head white cabbage, shredded
1+1⁄2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (may use 3⁄4 cup crumbled bleu cheese)
1 green or red bell pepper, seeded and diced
3⁄4 head cauliflower, chopped or thinly sliced
1⁄2 red onion, finely chopped
1 pound bacon, freshly cooked until crispy and large crumbled
2 cups cooked boneless chicken breast, shredded or cubed
DRESSING
2 cups mayonnaise
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar substitute
1 teaspoon Beau Monde seasoning (available in spice section of market)
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: large, clear glass “Trifle” or salad bowl

Directions
1. Add the dressing ingredients to a bowl and mix well.

2. Toss the cabbage with the dressing and place in the bottom of the bowl as the first layer followed in order by the cheese, peppers, cauliflower, onion, bacon and chicken. Serve from the bottom up so the dressing from the cabbage reaches the other ingredients. Yes, use salad servers and it WILL serve easily from the bottom up without making a mess–I Promise!

George’s Tips:
You may leave the chicken out if using this salad as a side dish and this salad can be made the day before as it keeps well for several days refrigerated. A cheese grater works perfectly to chop the cauliflower into tiny pieces!

NOTE: This is more like a cole slaw than a lettuce salad and you NEED to mix in the dressing. Therefore it is not recommended to put the dressing on the side.

Calories 350 /Fat 25g/Protein 19g/Fiber 1g/Net Carbs 8

 

Obviously there are a number of great appetizers and standard meat related snacks. So lets move on to the dessert shall we.

These frozen PB balls are a great and cool treat! Check them out here: Frozen PB Balls

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If a refreshing beverage is what you’re cravin’ here is a great option that screams summer with some water melon (add a little vodka to make it “adult”) The recipe of the agua fresca is here! 

 

These are just my top four of the moment, if you’re looking for more options visit any of these links below! Have a safe and happy 4th!!

http://www.djfoodie.com/

http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/     (Linda’s has a lot of great sauces! including a nice array of BBQ)

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