4th of July Keto Menu

The most stressful thing about starting a new diet or being on a diet are those social settings, like holidays or get togethers where you don’t know what to serve or what to eat. You don’t want the host to feel uncomfortable because you aren’t eating what they are serving because you don’t know if you can, and you don’t want to make others feel like that are eating some crazy diet food. Well good news, with this 4th of July Keto menu, you don’t have to worry about those social settings!

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Being on the Keto diet for over a year and a half now, I am, in no way, an expert, but I do feel comfortable going anywhere and knowing I will have something to eat. Well, unless it is an Italian pasta themed party…then I may have a little trouble! Thankfully, pasta themed 4th of July parties are not typically a thing! The nice thing about 4th of July parties is that they are typically BBQ’s and meat is A-OK on the Keto diet! Just skip the bun!

 

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4th of July Keto Menu

Like I mentioned above, traditional BBQ foods like hamburgers, hotdogs, sausages, etc. are really good for the Keto diet. Typically a BBQ will have lettuce for the burgers. Grab a couple and wrap your food in the lettuce or just eat it on a plate with a fork and knife like I do! If you are hosting the 4th of July celebration, your Keto Menu (which your guests will never realize is full of “diet” foods) should look like this:

Appetizers

Main Course

  • 80/20 Burgers with all the fixings
  • Hot dogs
  • Sausages (I like the Koegel brand)
  • Spicy Chicken Thighs

Side Dishes

Now you may be thinking that this is a great menu, but what about dessert. The nice thing about the Keto diet is that there are many options that you can make/modify that are Keto friendly and just as good! This Strawberry “Pretzel” salad is one of them. I am willing to bet your guests will not know that this is not the traditional strawberry pretzel salad that they are used to!

When it comes to 4th of July parties, you do not have to fear going! As you can see, there are many options for you to eat. If you are worried about what to drink or are afraid you won’t be able to enjoy a drink with your friends and family, fear not! Grab a diet drink, add some alcohol and have at it! I guarantee you will have a great time and be plenty full. Your guests will even ask you for some of your recipes!

What Keto recipe are you having at your 4th of July party?


Key Lime Bars Recipe

Memorial day is coming up quick, which means the official BBQ season will be in full swing. BBQ’s are one of my absolute favorite part about summer. Typically the foods are all the same, but there is nothing like a burnt hot dog or a big cheeseburger with bread and butter pickles. While watermelon or strawberry shortcakes (what we usually have at BBQ’s for dessert) are great for dessert, surprise your guests with these delicious key lime bars! Like lemon bars, the tartness of the lime will be the perfect end to your BBQ meal!

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Key Lime Bars Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 C Flour (or this gluten freekey lime bars)
  • 1/2 C Powder Sugar
  • 1 C Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 2 tsp Key Lime Zest
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 C Lime Juice
  • 1/4 C Flour (or this gluten freekey lime bars)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° and spray your 9×11 baking dish with your favorite non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the 2 C of flour, powder sugar and salt.
  3. Using a pastry cutterkey lime bars or a fork, cut in the butter until the crust mixture looks like crumbs.
  4. Pour the crust into the pan and pat evenly into the dish.
  5. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. While the crust is baking, begin making the filling.
  6. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, lime juice, 1/4 C flour, sugar, key lime zest and baking powder. Whisk until fully incorporated.
  7. Pour the mixture onto the crust and return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until set.
  8. Once the bars are cooled, sprinkle with powder sugar and cut into squares. Top with a key lime slice and enjoy!

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Don’t they sound delicious?!? Make them and tell me what you think! Be the hit of your next BBQ. Your guests will absolutely love them!

What is your favorite, must have BBQ food?


Honey Dijon Pork Loin Recipe

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a pork loin. The last one I made was a huge hit. Everyone, including the kids, devoured it. Before you keep reading, I suggest you check that recipe out and put it on your menu for next week. You won’t regret it! This new Honey Dijon Pork Loin recipe is the same way. Once you make it, you will want to make sure it stays on your short list of recipes to make over and over. Before you go any further, be sure to pick up this menu planning padhoney dijon pork loin. It is magnetic, so you can put it on your fridge and quickly plan out your meals for the week. Makes shopping easier and a lot less stress in the evening!

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Honey Dijon Pork Loin Recipe

Ingredients

  • One 3-5 lb Loin Pork Roast, center cut
  • 1/2 Cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. Season your pork loin with salt and pepper.
  3. Place your pork loin in an oval roaster panhoney dijon pork loin (I like this one and it’s on a super sale!).
  4. Remove the pork loin from the oven and reduce the heat to 375°.
  5. Brush the entire surface of the roast with the dijon mustard using your Silicone Basting Brushhoney dijon pork loin (another super sale!!). Sprinkle the minced garlic on top and then press some of the brown sugar into the mustard, all over the roast.
  6. Return the roast to the oven. Continue to roast for another 30 minutes.
  7. Pull your pork loin out of the oven and sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on top and then drizzle honey over the top.
  8. Place back in the oven for 1 hour. Baste the roast in the drippings/sauce several times during the cooking time.
  9. Let the roast rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving.

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Doesn’t this honey dijon pork loin look delicious?!? Pair this a nice salad or this creamed spinach recipe or my famous whiskey carrots and you have yourself a delicious meal!

Do you have a favorite recipe that people ask you to make over and over?


Orange Cream Loaf Recipe

One of my favorite things to take to get togethers for the holidays, teacher appreciation week or just to make and have at home are banana breads or this Orange Cream Loaf recipe. They are perfect for brunches and with teacher appreciation week coming up, they are perfect to make and donate to the school to be placed in the teachers lounge. A delicious piece of this Orange Cream Loaf is the perfect pick-me-up at this time of year when the kids are SOOOOOO ready to be out of school and have a countdown of exactly how many days they have left!

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Orange Cream Loaf Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Large Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 3 TBSP Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 tsp Orange Extractorange cream loaf
  • 1 C Orange Juice from 2 1/2 large navel oranges
  • 1/4 C Orange Zest
  • 1/2 C Oil

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease your loaf pan (I prefer this Cake Releaseorange cream loaf).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl (or your stand mixer this oneorange cream loaf that is on a HUGE sale), combine the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, orange extract, orange juice, orange zest and oil. Mix until completely combined.
  4. Slowly add in the flour and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Pour into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes. Once done, set aside to cool.

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 C Orange Juice
  • 1/2 C Orange Zest

Frosting Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix.
  2. Set your Orange Cream Loaf on a plate and pour the glaze over the loaf and let it sit to harden.

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Doesn’t this Orange Cream loaf look delicious?!? If you would like to make a gluten free version, I really recommend this brandorange cream loaf of gluten free flour. I’ve used it many times and everything always turns out fabulous!

What’s your favorite thing to bake?


Peanut Butter Banana Bread

One thing my kids love for me to make is banana bread. If they wake up or come home from school and smell that tell tale banana bread smell, they get very excited and I literally can’t keep them from trying to eat the banana bread or muffins while they are too hot! This gluten free banana cranberry muffin recipe is one they really like. If you don’t eat gluten free, simply sub your regular flour for the gluten free flour! So when I found this recipe for peanut butter banana bread, I knew I had to make it for the kids and share it with all of you!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 C Peanut Butter (save 1 cup for peanut butter sauce)
  • 1/4 C Butter
  • 2 C Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 C Flour (or this gluten free flourpeanut butter banana)
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 C Salt
  • 3 Ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 12 Reese Miniatures, cut into fourths

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease one loaf pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar and eggs on medium speed until fully combined.
  3. Add the peanut butter and mix thoroughly.
  4. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture, slowly, to the wet batter and mix until combined.
  5. Add in the mashed bananas and chopped Reese Miniatures and mix.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow the peanut butter banana bread to cool completely.
  8. While the bread is cooling, take the 1 cup of peanut butter you saved and place it in a microwave safe dish and melt in 30 second increments until it is fully melted. Pour over the loaf of peanut butter banana bread.

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Doesn’t this look (and sound) so delicious?!? What is better than bananas and peanut butter? NOTHING! You should totally wow your family this weekend and make this for them. You won’t regret it! They (and you) will love this peanut butter banana bread recipe!

Other banana bread recipes you may like are:

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Strawberry Banana Bread

Orange Banana Muffins