Does anything signify summer more than a holiday barbecue? Fourth of July is the perfect occasion to fire up the grill and savor the succulent delights of an old-fashioned barbecue with family and friends. Now you could do the traditional hamburgers, hot dogs on white buns, potato chips and roasted marshmallows spread….But the fact that you’re reading this shows that you’re seeking healthy choices! And that’s just what we’re offering here with this fabulously flavored feast for your Fourth of July barbecue:
Get your grill ready for the big get-together with a recipe that’s perfect for your vegetarian guests. Thick-sliced eggplant is tossed with a mixture of sweet honey, olive oil and coconut flakes then grilled until tender. Serve it as a side with other BBQ favorites, or make it the main dish for a healthier holiday meal.
This recipe for Calypso Corn Salad was inspired by the easy spirit of the Caribbean islands. It only takes a few minutes to assemble, and it can be served either cold or at room temperature. Best of all, most of the ingredients can be found in the pantry or the freezer, or you can take advantage of the abundance of sweet, summer corn available at the farmer’s market.
The wonderful thing about this combination of black beans, corn and spices is that it perfectly complements the smokiness of barbecued meats. It’s also delicious on a bed of greens as a summer salad. It is unique, colorful and tastes better the longer it sits in the pepper-infused citrus marinade.
Calypso Corn Salad
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By Rachel Begun, MS, RD
Everyone loves a barbecue—whether it’s Texas dry-rubbed steak, North Carolina vinegar-bathed pulled pork, or simply grilled fish and veggies. With these simple steps, you can throw a backyard barbecue everyone can enjoy.
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Gathering guests around the grill is an easy way to entertain…but what if some of your guests are vegetarians? Providing a barbeque menu that your vegetarian guests will enjoy is simple when using eggplant as the main course for the meal. The beauty of including vegetarian items on the grill is that their main dish can be served as a side dish for your guests who eat meat.
Eggplant is easy to grill and can be used in a variety of ways to create a satisfying dish for your vegetarian guests. It’s high in dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, and many antioxidants.
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