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Fourth of July Eatery Series: Homemade Patriotic Pop Tarts

This recipe makes either a tasty dessert or breakfast item.  It is also the last entry to the Fourth of July Eatery Series for this Independence weekend.   The recipe makes 6 pop tarts at approx. 232 calories/pop tart.  Sans toppings, each pop tart is only 208 calories. Before we begin–yes, I slightly cheated and used store-bought dough. Hey, I ran out of time.  But feel free to make it truly authentic by making your own dough–you’ll need to prepare it at least a day in advance.   Alrighty, back to the recipe: What You’ll Need: 1 box refrigerated pie crust (2 layers) Some homemade strawberry jam (or store bought) 1 egg 3 oz blueberries 6 medium strawberries, sliced 6 tbps low fat whip cream 1 tbsp water  How to Make: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Unroll one of the pie crusts and square the edges. Cut into rectangles. With a rolling pin, roll edges into 4 more square edges. You should have 12 squares at this point. Layer 6 squares on a cookie …

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Star-spangled Pasta Salad

Here’s another salad for the Fourth of July Eatery Series.  It’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s flavorful (couldn’t think of another “h” word lol). What You’ll need: 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (or whole) 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 1 (4-ounce) package crumbled goat cheese  1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tbsp minced garlic 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 cup olive oil 1/8 cup white wine vinegar 1/8 cup white cooking wine  How to Make: Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. While pasta is cooking, make a lemon vinaigrette by whisking together the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Set aside. In a large bowl, toss pasta with tomatoes and remaining ingredients.  Add lemon vinaigrette mixture and lightly toss. Serve immediately or chilled.  If preserving some lemon vinaigrette for other uses, seal in an airtight container and refrigerate. Good up …

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

This sweet side is probably the easiest recipe in the entire Fourth of July Eatery Series.  It makes about 5 servings at roughly 89 calories/serving.  The honey permits the natural sweetness of the fruit to come through. Mmmmm…. What You’ll Need: 1 (10-ounce) package of raw strawberries, hulled and quartered 1 (6-ounce) package of raw blueberries 2 tbsp honey 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 bananas How to Make: Mix honey and lemon juice in a bowl; set aside.  Mix the strawberries and blueberries together in a bowl; drizzle lemon and honey mix, then toss lightly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Cut bananas into thick slices.   Add and lightly toss with strawberry and blueberry mixture.  Serve. Told ya it was easy ;-). Enjoy!