4th of July Grilling


Your 4th of July may look a little different this year, but it can still be special and tasty! If you’re not able to hang with your loved ones, maybe you can do a virtual BBQ together and cook the same recipes and compare the end product!

I shop at ALDI all the time so I have partnered with them because it’s so much more affordable to get organics, fresh meat, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options so conveniently! Of course, as a dietitian I make sure I always have veggies. One way to get the kids involved is to have a build your own theme. I grew up with my mom making kabobs, so this year I’m trying it out with my kids! Chop up veggies of your choice into large pieces that can easily be skewered. I use peppers, onions, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and zucchini. You can also have fruit like pineapple, banana, and mango.

The proteins can vary from steak, chicken, and shrimp to vegetarian options. I use the Earth Grown vegan and vegetarian line at ALDI and love the Earth Grown Meatless Italian Sausage on my skewer.

No BBQ meal is complete (at least for a dietitian) without a crunchy and fun salad. I tried this Citrus Popping Kale Salad last week and it is definitely on my must-make for the summer! You will love the flavor and texture sensation of the quinoa, lime juice, mango, cranberries, and almonds. This salad will seriously turn any non-salad eater at your BBQ into a fan!

For dessert, I am usually all about chocolate. But 4th of July screams watermelon to me, so why not combine watermelon with some other fruits to make a super fun Summer Watermelon Pizza. I am going to have my kids help to decorate it because anytime they help out with the food prep they are super proud and chow down. Not that they need any extra incentives when it comes to dessert!

If you haven’t visited the beer and wine section at ALDI, you’re missing out. They have always had nice beers and award-winning wines, but did you know that they now have sparkling wine cans in white and Rosé? Game changer! So refreshing on a hot summer day! Many bottles of wine are under $10, giving you the savings you crave.

For more info, check out ALDI.us, @ALDIUSA on Instagram, and @ALDI.USA for Facebook and Twitter. Use #ALDILove to show off your own summer BBQ’s fueled by ALDI!

Tara Collingwood
Tara is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition, fitness, and health promotion and is quoted in a variety of media including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and websites.

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