Celebrating our independence and enjoying friends, family and food is the epitome of the 4th of July, which the masses will revel in today with everything from barbeque to bombastic fireworks to close out the day's festivities.
Food plays a huge role in the holiday, and most of that centers on grilling, prepping side dishes and finding something sweet in the form of desserts or fruit that caters to all of your varying guests. The 4th of July menu is fairly simple to piece together with the hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill along with fruits that signal summer like watermelon or strawberries.
As for side dishes, the best bets are potato or macaroni salad or even throwing in baked potatoes but grilling them face down next to your burgers and grill items. Infusing vegetables in that menu isn't always the easiest, but once again the grill comes to the rescue.
Take a fresh vegetable like zucchini or squash and slice it thinly. Let it marinade in a little salt, pepper with a shot of lemon and a little oil and then pack it some aluminum foil and grill it with the rest of your treats.
Veggies also can make a much needed appearance if you decide to get a little creative with your main course. Grilling chicken isn't anything new, nor is the idea of making skewers that include chicken, peppers and onions, which melds together a tremendous amount of flavor and caters to the segment of your party people that are health conscious and might not want a hamburger or hot dog but the thought of bland chicken isn't overly appealing.
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