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This year’s Fourth of July marks a day where family, friends, fireworks and most importantly, food, will be encouraged on what is considered the birthday of the country. Notice the emphasis on the word food. The fourth always manages to bring people together, so here are some recipes that everyone can eat and enjoy this Independence Day!

Grill Classics

Carrot Hot Dogs

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Portobello Mushroom Burgers

The steak of veggie burgers. Serve on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and aioli sauce. Oh yeah!

Two staples of a Fourth of July get-together — hot dogs and hamburgers — except these are with a twist. Substitute pork and beef for carrots and mushrooms to get that same burgers and dogs feel.

Delicious Dips

Vegetarian Buffalo Dip

| Last updated on Low Fat: Buffalo chicken dip is usually made with tons of cheese, ranch or blue cheese dressing and cream cheese which makes it super high in fat. This only has 11g of fat per serving High in protein - Compared to many other apps/dips - this has significantly more protein!

Beer Dip

Ranch dressing mix flavors this easy dip packed with shredded cheese. It's perfect paired with pretzels. Be forewarned, though-it's hard to stop eating once you've started! The beer cheese dip can be made with any type of beer, including nonalcoholic. I've taken it to many parties and I am always asked for the recipe.

 

Some would argue the best part of a barbeque is never the main course, it is the dips that serve as the starters. The first recipe brings another classic dip that brings the heat. The second recipe incorporates beer (which will be flowing at some gatherings) in order to create a cheesy dip that anyone could find at a local restaurant.

Savory Sides

Cole Slaw

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Perfect Potato Salad

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Healthy Vegan Macaroni Salad - Veggies Don't Bite

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Along with the main food and dips, every Fourth of July needs sides. These three classic sides drop the meat and focus on everything else. From coleslaw, to potato salad to macaroni salad these three recipes can bring a classic barbeque feel to your upcoming celebration.

Hollywood Kyle is the Digital Content Producer and Production Director of Mix 99.5 WJBR. Being a Delaware local, Kyle takes pride in his hometown and has had a love for music since a young age. Hollywood Kyle joins the Mix Morning Show for abstract thoughts and ideas during "Hollywood Kyle" segment around 9:40am Monday thru Friday.