Gluten Free and Paleo Recipes for your Cookout!

by danielle on July 3, 2012

Fourth of July is coming and that means lots of cookouts and parties Wednesday and this weekend. That doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy for the week! Here are some tips and recipes to help you out this Fourth of July!

Some gluten free and Paleo meal ideas to bring or serve at your cookout:

Cucumber Tomato Salad-Just like my Great Grandma used to make. This is a super easy salad with no lettuce! My favorite kind!

Cucumber tomato salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes, 2 cups
  • Fresh Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Pepper
  • Fresh mozzarella (optional)

Directions: Chop the cucumber and dice the cherry tomatoes in half and toss in a bowl. Once mixed add in fresh chopped basil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper to your liking and a drizzle of olive oil and red wine vinegar (around 1/2 tbs. each). Super Easy!!! If wanted you can add fresh diced mozzarella as well.

*Little tip, this salad is great with a little chopped red onion too, I just didn’t have any on hand

Super Easy Sweet Potato Fries 

Raspberry, Orange, Almond Chicken Salad 

Paleo Coconut Brussels Sprouts Slaw

Steak and Spinach Salad

Almost Paleo Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies  

Want to stay on track…here are some tips

  • Drink water…we often mistake hunger for thirst…drink up (and I mean water!)
  • Workout early! The later in the day the more excuses to skip out. Get up and out the door for your workout.
  • Walk a lap before the fireworks. We spend time sitting at our cookouts and then at the fireworks. Instead while you are waiting walk around, sightsee, whatever you want, just keep moving!
  • Bring a healthy option and eat it first! Fill up on that salad, fruit plate, or veggie dish before diving into other less healthy options.
  • Cheat wisely! Splurge on foods you can’t have any other time. Your Grandma’s homemade pie she only makes on the Fourth…go for it. Store bought cookies…skip them!
  • Don’t stress! Relax and enjoy the day…just set your alarm for an early Thursday morning workout and commit to it!
English: A chocolate cake during the 4th of July (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Random side note: There are a ton of awesome blogger challenges going on for the month of July!!! Taking a note from Ms. Lisa (who you all need to check out too)! Just want to share the blog love!

Katelyn’s Eat Clean Sweat Dirty Challenge is amazing! and such an awesome idea! ChefKatelyn.com

Jenny is doing another awesome blogger challenge with some very original ideas! Peanutbutterjenny.com

Katie, the healthy diva is hosting an instagram challenge!  Healthydivaeats.com

Kasey is hosting a Powermeal challenge every Sunday in July! Powercakes.net

Check them all out and join in! I’m going to be participating as much as I can in each! Follow me on Twitter to see the majority of my challenge tweets! Did I miss your challenge? Fill me in and I’ll post it!

What are you doing for the fourth? If you don’t celebrate, any Wednesday plans? 

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Chelsa July 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Oh wow what a great post! I just recently started eating more paleo like. I’m not eating that way for weight loss, but because I have digestive issues and just want to feel good. The raspberry salad looks amazing!!!

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danielle July 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Thanks! The raspberry salad is one of my favorite things to make in the summer! It’s super easy too! I’m with you on the Paleo for feeling better! I have Celiac disease so a Paleo style eating just makes things so much easier!

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corrie anne July 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

ok. i definitely want to try some of the salads. especially the coconut slaw!! perfect for summer!

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danielle July 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Yes!!! Let me know if you try it! I’m trying out a new salad recipe tomorrow too so hopefully even more salads coming up! Happy Fourth!

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset July 3, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Thank you for this post Danielle, I really appreciate this recipe round up and also the links to the other great blogs! I want to try that spinach and steak salad the most, it first caught my eye!

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danielle July 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Thanks! So much funny challenges going on in July it’s crazy! I’m with you on the steak salad! I would so much rather have steak over chicken any day :)

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Lisa July 4, 2012 at 3:02 am

Great post girly! I need those PB&J cookies in my life! They look delicious! Actually I take that back, everything looks awesome!

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danielle July 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

Thanks Lisa!!!

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