Festive Fourth of July Menu

For a fun and festive Fourth of July menu that comes together quickly, these recipes are perfect. From creamed spinach pizza to chocolate banana ice cream, this satisfying menu will have your family and friends begging for more this Independence Day.

1. Pizza with Creamed Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

pizza creamed spinach sun dried tomatoes

This pizza kicks with flavor. The creamy sauce is rich without the added fat in most cream sauces, and the sun-dried tomatoes and olives add a perfect tangy-salty punch. View the recipe.

2. White Bean and Vegetable Soup

We like soup in any season! This quick and easy soup is always a crowd-pleaser. View the recipe.

3. Quinoa Corn and Avocado Salad

quinoa corn and avocado salad

Quick cooking quinoa makes this a perfect summer salad when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. View the recipe.

4. Herbed Hummus

This delicious dip is much lower in fat than traditional hummus and is perfect as a party appetizer or side dish. View the recipe.

5. Two-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

2 ingredient ice cream chocolate banana

This awesomely easy cacao banana ice cream is raw, vegan, gluten-free, low-fat, and delicious! For toppings, feel free to just use what you have at home and have fun enjoying a different combination of toppings every time you make this. View the recipe.


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About the Author

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she’s known for her hearty and distinctly flavorful creations, which draw inspiration from a wide range of ethnic traditions. Chef Darshana was the recipe author of Forks Over Knives Family and a lead recipe contributor for the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Chef Darshana has catered numerous events, served as a private chef and regularly holds individual and group cooking classes. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com for more.

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