Fun and healthy Canada Day themed BBQ and treat ideas

By: Health Local Staff Jun 26, 2013
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Canada Day recipes

Delicious recipes to wow your guests this July 1st!

Canada Day is all about celebrating our great country with family, friends, and good food on the barbecue. Here are 3 fun and healthy Canada Day themed BBQ ideas to wow your guests with this July 1st.

Maple Leaf Shaped Sliders
Forget frozen burgers this Canada Day and instead make your own hamburger sliders in the shape of maple leafs! You’ll need to buy some maple leaf shaped cookie cutters. Use lean ground beef or chicken; add chopped celery, garlic, and onions and a sprinkle of Montreal Steak Spice. Add just enough bread crumbs to firm up the hamburger mixture and use your hands to combine the ingredients. Next, fill in your cookie cutters with meat, being sure to pack it in tight. Place the filled cookie cutters on the BBQ and grill as desired. Keeping the meat inside the cookie cutters will ensure they keep their shape through the flipping and grilling. Serve on mini slider buns or flat bread or over a salad garnished with red peppers and beets for a truly patriotic looking treat!

Strawberries and White Chocolate
For a festive dessert that’s all about the red and white; take fresh strawberries and dip the bottoms in melted white chocolate. They’re a healthy and refreshing treat that adds some Canada Day colour to the table and will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

For those looking for a healthier option that still tastes great; opt for vegan white chocolate morsels or make your own using the following recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons of melted cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon of raw macadamia or cashew butter
  • 1 table spoon of Stevia or powdered sugar
  • A drop or two of vanilla extract.

Just melt all of the ingredients together in a microwave, dip your strawberries in the mix and place on a plate or tray to cool and set.

Red and White Vegetable Chips
Forget the usual potato chips and instead wow your guests with healthy red and white vegetable chips that you made yourself. Here’s how:

Peel and thinly slice red beets and turnips and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with some salt, dried thyme, dried basil, and pepper, and then mix it up with your hands so that each of the sliced vegetables is well coated. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour at 375ºF until crispy.

To compliment these fun Canada Day food ideas, serve your guests a refreshing and fruity herbal iced tea with cherries or strawberries. Some herbal teas that are red in colour are pomegranate and raspberry. Just make it according to the directions on the package and add some cherries or strawberry slices. Pitchers of these herbal iced teas don’t just offer a refreshing and healthy treat; they also help to dress up your table instead of centerpieces.

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