Happy 4th of July!
This is one of our favorite holidays because we get to spend it with friends and family enjoying the outdoors. Oh, and the food, of course! Is there a better holiday for grubbing down on some amazing food?
One unfortunate thing about 4th of July recipes, though, is that they sometimes can be a tad unhealthy. Burgers, brats, ribs, hotdogs… while delicious, there’s not a lot of room left on the plate for veggies is there?
Thankfully, healthy food doesn’t have to sacrifice in the flavor department. We are planning an extraordinary spread this year at our barbeque, and these delicious recipes are definitely going to be on the menu. Be sure to stock up on some Randall Beans and try them for yourself!
A longtime favorite of vegetarians and vegans alike, the Black Bean Burger has been a healthy alternative to beef patties for years. This particular recipe is unique among fried veggie patties in that it doesn’t call for any eggs as a way to hold the mixture together. Instead, all you need to do is make sure the mixture is well pureed and has plenty of breadcrumbs to hold it all together. The Randall Black Beans make a perfect substitute for meat and provide many of the same nutrients, like iron and protein. The color of the beans also helps make the burger patty look more meat-like after cooking.
There are three beans playing a prominent role in this summer salad: Garbanzo, Kidney, and green beans. Randall’s fresh Garbanzo and Kidney beans taste great alongside fresh green beans from your local farmer’s market. In fact, we suggest grabbing as many of the ingredients as you can from your weekend farmer’s market, like the balsamic vinegar, natural honey, small red onions, and parsley. This salad is sure to be a hit at any of your outdoor gatherings, and it gives you an excuse to break out the grill basket! Enjoy.
It’s no secret we love baked beans, but this recipe from Savory Nothings may be a new favorite. This fairly traditional baked bean recipe has an unusual addition that helps make it something unique: pineapple. A helping of chunks from this delicious fruit helps to change the dimension of the dish entirely. The acidity of the pineapple bursts through, giving the dish extra sweetness as well as texture. The BBQ sauce can help mellow out the fruit, so don’t worry about it being too overwhelming or sweet. The extra zip of sweetness makes these beans all the more delicious and refreshing on a warm afternoon.
Cowboy caviar is a fresh mixture of veggies perfect for dipping and scooping on a chip. We particularly love this recipe from Culinary Hill because it’s easy to toss together and also uses two varieties of Randall Beans – black beans and black-eyed peas! But really, any Randall Beans will do, so grab a couple jars and get started! So little work leads to a great reward in this dish. Simply finely chop up some fresh veggies, toss them together with some dressing, let them sit in the fridge for a few and presto, you’ve got a crowd-pleasing appetizer or side dish. Seriously, make plenty because it’ll go fast!
Looking for more 4th of July recipes? Grab a copy of our free Bean Burgers & More cookbook! Not only does it have a collection of delicious veggie burger recipes, it also has plenty of side dish ideas perfect for a backyard barbeque. It’s mandatory summertime cookin’!
Bring the Celebration home with Randall Black Beans this 4th of July