You have a few choices about how to handle this:
- Bring your own food, eat it on the side without making a big deal about it then stay away from the bowls of chips, dessert trays and buffet tables! I'm mean literally, put a lot of physical space between you and those things to avoid temptation.
- Say "screw it" it's a holiday weekend, its a celebration, I am going to eat whatever I want instead of stressing out about how I will continue to resist all these foods!
- Be a part of the meal planning, and make sure there are plenty of healthy options so you can eat those and more easily resist the other options.
This weekend I choose option #3 and below is our main meal for the 4th and snacks I will bring as well.
Here are few other snack options you can put out that you know will be healthier than that bag of Doritos! I don't have recipes for these because well, the should be pretty self explanatory :) I have also seen rasberries used for the american flag rather than strawberries.
- Heat your grill to medium heat.
- Lay out two large pieces of heavy duty tin foil (lay these on a paper plate so as you are loading up you can get a rough idea of how much food you are adding, it is very easy to add too much)
- Combine veggies, meat, whatever foods you want for your meal.
- Drizzle with olive oil or add in 1 Tbsp of butter (the butter is yummy, but this weekend I will be choosing the Olive Oil :)
- Fold the first piece of foil around the food making a foil packet.
- Flip the first foil packed over and fold the second piece of foil around the first packet (this is to prevent juices from leaking out).
- Write your name your foil packet with a sharpie.
- Cook for 25-45 minutes (cooking times really vary depending on ingredients added in, my advice would be to check after 25 minutes and keep cooking if needed.
- Once your meal is cooked sprinkle a little salt, pepper or your favorite spices or herbs on top.
*TIP* - Some things like carrots and potatoes take much longer to cook than the rest of the food. To prevent those being under cooked, or the other food being over cooked, partially pre-cook carrots and potatoes. Don't cook them fully when pre-cooking. If you would normally boil potatoes for 20 minutes, instead boil them for 10 so they are partially cooked.
Options for Ingredients:
- Meats: Chicken, Steak, Kielbasa, Tofu, or any others
- Potatoes (any kind)
- Peppers (red, green, yellow, orange)
- Green beans
- The list can go on and on, just think of your favorite veggies and dice them up!
- Spices: Opinions on the right spices always seem to change so my advice is put out salt and pepper and any other spices your family enjoys and allow them to season their own meal.