Get Ready for a Very Vegan July 4th with the 2015 Recipe Roundup!

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Plant-based dishes for patriotic parties

fireworks by edgar0587Every day is a holiday when you eat plant-based, but July 4th gives you an excuse to eat more burgers, potato or macaroni salads, flag-themed desserts and huge hunks of watermelon than you would any other time of year. Just like Memorial Day, it’s a day to fire up the grill, run around outside and, if state laws permit (like they do in New York now, yey!), light a few sparklers for a day full of fun.

Build your menu with these great plant-based dishes and watch your Independence Day guests go back for seconds. And possibly thirds.

For the main course:

Super plant-based sides:

Finish off sweet:

  • This Raw Triple Berry Crisp from Oh She Glows has every major seasonal berry you could want, all mixed up in a nutty oat “crumble.” Choosing Raw offers an even simpler berry treat topped with raw cashew whipped cream.
  • Wow the gluten-free crowd with some stunning red velvet cupcakes topped with vegan cream cheese frosting and your favorite fresh berries, courtesy of Heather Christo. (Be sure to choose a natural food coloring or make your own for a chemical-free dessert.)
  • Finally, if you have some serious time to spend in the kitchen, May I Have That Recipe offers step-by-step instructions for a multi-layered Vegan Red White and Blue Fruit Tart that’s so pretty you might want to take a moment to admire it before your guests dig in.
  • And, of course, a big, juicy watermelon is always a hit with the kids. Just sayin’.

So there you have it–all you need to plan your plant-based menu for the 4th of July. Remember to raise a flag and toast all of those who fight for freedom, and take a moment during the fireworks to remember those who have passed in service to our country.

Happy 4th!

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About the Author:

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of Toastmasters International and currently serves as part of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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