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Paleo 4th of July


If you are looking to celebrate July 4th with some fun, festive food; look no further. I have an array of quick and easy gluten free recipes that will satisfy family and friends.

For the most part, the menu below is Paleo –the Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies are more Primal than Paleo –still I included them for those looking for a healthy party treat.

I will also make some Sesame Salmon Burgers for myself as I’m avoiding nightshades (as recommended by Robb Wolf in The Paleo Solution for those with auto-immune conditions –see his wonderful book for more information on that). The burgers will work well given that it’s salmon season again. I’ve been gorging on wild caught salmon for the last couple of weeks since it’s so delicious and fresh this time of year.
While we probably won’t have many fireworks this year (it seems like most of the state of Colorado is on fire) we will enjoy having some friends over for the simple, nourishing meal above.


posted on June 27, 2012, 15 comments

  1. Elizabeth

    This looks wonderful! Thanks for the meal ideas.

    My husband and I are in Boulder for the summer… can’t believe the heat and the fires… Wow! Stay safe!

  2. Paleo Suz @ paleo.com.au

    I wish we celebrated 4th July here in Australia too – perhaps I’ll have to have my own Paleo 4th July!

  3. Max Ungar @ cavemancollege.com

    This looks really good Elana! I love that you give us recipes for specific holidays! keep it up!

  4. Lynnette

    Oh Yum! This looks perfect! Thank you Elana! Worth celebrating! Happy almost Fourth!

  5. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy @ glutenfreehappytummy.com

    what fabulous recipes! definitely a delicious and healthy fourth in store!

  6. Elana- Thanks for all the great recipes. I always tell people to go on your site. You do a great job making foods we love gluten free. I’ve made these cookies and they will not disappoint any cookie lover.
    Thank you!

  7. Love the turkey burger idea and so simple! Thanks for not using eggs or bread crumbs to bind it in the recipe so that I can try it without having to amend it. My favorite 4th of July recipe is cherry pie with a walnut flour crust. Yum! Have a great weekend!

    • Chelsie

      Nightshade is a family of plants that include bell peppers & hot peppers, potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes & others. Many folks avoid nightshades that are dealing w/autoimmune disorders as nightshades are known to cause inflammation and digestive issues.

  8. Melaina from Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery @ rudisglutenfree.com

    This collection of July 4th recipes sounds so great! We may have to borrow a few for R own celebration! Thanks Elana!

  9. KarenW

    I am also grateful for a holiday menu; it makes it so much easier to put something yummy and healthy on the table!

  10. gluten free gift @ glutenfreegift.blogspot.com

    Canada Day Weekend up here – and these recipes are perfect!

  11. Those Turkey Burgers look amazing. I have a couple jalapeno peppers from my CSA. I might try incorporating them instead of the canned chilis.

  12. Christi Lynn @ divagatinglife.com

    Looks delicious and refreshing! With the sesame salmon burgers and the AI protocol, are you using something else to bind them than egg? I’m on the AI protocol and told to avoid all nightshades, dairy and eggs…..thanks in advance!

  13. lucy

    Yum! these recipes look great. we don’t celebrate 4th july in Australia but i’ll still be trying them

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