Thursday, June 30, 2011

Zucchini Broccoli Slaw and Fourth of July Menu

Summer holidays are made for sun, grills, family, and relaxation. My Fourth of July holiday will be filled with all of those things plus some delicious treats! I decided to give you a rundown of what I’ll be bringing to our family gatherings as well as some other ideas for you and your family to enjoy.

It’s going to be a warm one in the Midwest and I’m excited. I haven’t had much time to relax and catch some rays so this afternoon Paul and I are headed to the lake to visit his family. We haven’t been back since our wedding so I’m pumped for some fun in the sun! On Saturday we are headed to see my family. Sunday includes a family reunion in Southeast Kansas and Monday is all things red, white and blue and loud. And delicious!

What are you cooking for Independence Day?

Here’s what we are having:

Zucchini-Broccoli Slaw (one of my family’s favorites, recipe below)
Buffalo Chicken Dip (Paul’s Favorite)
Beer Bread (to accompany the buffalo chicken dip)
Corn and black bean salsa (at least this one’s somewhat healthy)
Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies (Paul’s dad’s favorite, and one of mine too)
Possibly a Snicker’s Cheesecake (because why not?!)

Here are some other easy ideas for you to enjoy this holiday weekend:

Fresh Pineapple
Grilled Pizza
Lemon Bars
Pretzel Dip
Onion Dip
Strawberry-Almond Cupcakes

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Zucchini Broccoli Slaw Recipe

Ingredients:

Slaw:
1 package broccoli slaw mix

1 cup zucchini, cut into half moons

1 package ramen noodles, half-way cooked

Dressing:

3/4 cup canola oil

6 Tbs. distilled vinegar (red wine and rice vinegars are also good)

3 Tbs. sugar

1 tsp. onion powder (or 2 green onions, sliced)

1 Ramen noodle (chicken flavor) seasoning packet

Garnish:

1/2 cup sunflower seeds, almonds, soy nuts or other nut of choice (I used soy nuts this time)

1/2 cup bacon bits (optional)

Directions:

Cook ramen noodles in a small pot of boiling water until desired consistency is reached. (Some people eat this with the noodles uncooked.) Meanwhile, add the broccoli slaw and zucchini to a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients and whisk well to combine. Pour over the veggies. Drain the pasta and rinse with cool water. Add to veggies and dressing and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight is best. Garnish with more nuts if you desire.

Whatever foods you enjoy this weekend, I hope you can relax and enjoy some time with friends and family.

 

17 Responses to “Zucchini Broccoli Slaw and Fourth of July Menu”

  1. #
    Lizzy — June 30, 2011 @ 6:26 am

    Oh, Cassie, what a fabulous bunch of recipes! Your slaw looks excellent, too! Have a great time with your family~

  2. #
    Maureen — June 30, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    Delicious and interesting slaw. I've never put zooks in my slaw but it sounds great.

    Amazing list of foods.

  3. #
    Kate@Diethood — June 30, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    That is a slaw I have never tried…sounds delicious!! You'll have a whole lot of yumminess to celebrate with! :)

  4. #
    Erin — June 30, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Have a wonderful weekend! Hope you have a great time with family. This slaw looks great! Love when they don't have mayo!

  5. #
    Ann — June 30, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    GREAT recipe! Healthy and safe to take out in the sun without all that gloppy mayonnaise! Buzzed it!

  6. #
    sugarfooteats.com — June 30, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    I'm making buffalo chicken dip too! I usually eat mine with tortilla chips and carrots/celery though. But I do heart beer bread too! Hmmm…ideas, ideas. :)

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    Dulce Dough — July 1, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    This slaw looks amazing!

    And, your last post inspired me to buy a pineapple yesterday!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  8. #
    Kelly — July 1, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    What a fantastic menu and that zucchini broccoli slaw looks soo yummy!! Hope you have a fabulous 4th of July weekend! :)

  9. #
    Kate @ Kate from Scratch — July 2, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    Looks delicious! Hope you have a very Happy Fourth! Enjoy!

  10. #
    Sarah — July 2, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    Mmmmmm that slaw looks incredible! And you have such a great menu planned for what sounds like a perfect long weekend. Enjoy!!

  11. #
    Anne — July 3, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    Lots of GREAT ideas….the slaw and the blueberry oatmeal cookies have me particularly interested!!! What a great spread for a long weekend of eating! Enjoy the time with your family! : )

  12. #
    In Katirna's Kitchen — July 4, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    Happy 4th! It all looks very yummy! Don't you just love blogging and cataloging all of your favorite recipes?! :)

  13. #
    Ryan — July 4, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    Wow! That menu sounds amazing! The oatmeal blueberry cookies sound right up my alley- Yum! This slaw sounds great too– I love that its crunchy and has a tangy dressing instead of a mayo based one. I'll have to try this!! Have a great 4th with your family!

  14. #
    Manu — July 5, 2011 @ 5:23 am

    What an amazingly yummu menu! And this zucchini and broccoli slaw sounds delicious! Hope you had a great weekend!

  15. #
    Courtney — July 5, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    I love slaw without mayo, mainly cause I dont eat it at all but this is something I could totally do!! What a great way to use the bounty of the season also! Hope you had a lovely 4th.

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    *Girl From Scratch — July 28, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    I like the variation in this slaw recipe! On my list to make in this hot weather!

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    Malvina Allder — April 22, 2013 @ 11:29 am

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