Here in Canada - and in the US too - many of us are getting ready for a long weekend of parties, barbecues, camping, or maybe a gathering at the cottage. I love any opportunity to celebrate, and of course, food is always at the forefront. If you're looking for a few good recipes to make for the weekend, look no further! I've put together a little list featuring a few of my tried-and-true, crowd pleasing, yet nutritious recipes. Whether you're looking for an appetizer, a summer salad, or if you have a hankering for something sweet or refreshing, see below for eight of my favourite summertime recipes!
BEET HUMMUS - perfectly portable, allergy friendly, and kid approved!
ZUCCHINI ALMOND DIP - one of my most popular recipes by far, this raw vegan dip will impress even the pickiest eater.
AMY APPROVED 4-LAYER DIP - you'll be the most popular person at any party if you bring along this Mexican inspired layered dip. Enough said.
WATERMELON MINT SALAD - the ultimate in hydration, this subtely sweet yet refreshing salad is ideal for a hot day.
SIMPLE SUMMER SLAW - this mega nutritious, yet shockingly delicious slaw never fails to impress. It's the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or a barbecue.
POWER PASTA SALAD - this has been a staple in the Longard family for years, and this protein packed, veggie-rich salad is guaranteed to be a hit!
COCAO BITES - I like to call these "healthy Timbits". I get so many requests for this recipe, and if you make it, you'll see why.
STRAWBERRY BASIL GRANITA - you really can't go wrong with this Italian inspired dessert. It's cool and refreshing and is a great excuse to combine strawberries and basil, both of which are currently in season.
I hope you enjoy these recipes. Here's to a safe, happy and healthy Canada Day and Independence Day!