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Meijer offers star spangled ideas for a Fourth of July picnic

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The fourth of July is a great time for a picnic. Meijer Healthy Living adviser Janine Faber, MEd, RD, LD has a few star-spangled ideas for firecracker guacamole and red, white and blue chicken nachos.

4th of July Menu

Red, White and Blue BBQ Chicken Nachos (Nacho Bar)

Firecracker Guacamole

Cool Cucumber Salad

Grilled Corn

Berries and "Stars"

Red, White and Blue BBQ Chicken Nachos

Bring 1 ½ cups barbecue sauce and ½ cup water to a simmer. Add 4 cups shredded cooked chicken; heat through. Top Meijer Organics Blue Corn Tortilla Chips with chicken and 3 cups Meijer Shredded Mozzarella Cheese. Bake until cheese melts then top with topping ideas.

Nacho Bar Topping Ideas:

· Firecracker Guacamole (recipe below)

· Chopped scallions

· Sliced avocado

· Black beans

· Salsa

· Plain Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream)

· Black olives

· Jalapeno peppers

· Fresh tomatoes

· Sliced romaine lettuce

Firecracker Guacamole

Makes 16 servings

1 Mini Seedless Watermelon

8 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, peeled, seeded and coarsely mashed

¼ cup minced green onions

2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced

4 habanero chiles, stemmed, seeded and minced (or less, to taste)

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

Salt, to taste

1. Roll the watermelon to find the flattest side; place that side on bottom. OR, slice a thin slice off of one narrow end of the watermelon so that it will stand flat. Slice the top third of the watermelon off. Wrap and set aside.

2. Hollow out the red watermelon from the remaining watermelon section; reserve fruit for another use. A rice paddle works well for this task. Make sure all of the red part of the watermelon is removed. Pat dry with paper towels, then sprinkle with salt. Place upside down on a rimmed tray lined with paper towels and refrigerate overnight.

3. For the guacamole, gently combine all ingredients in a medium serving bowl. Let sit for at least 10 minutes for the flavors to blend. With paper towels, rub inside of watermelon bowl to remove salt and thoroughly dry. Fill with Firecracker Guacamole, serve and enjoy!

Cool Cucumber Salad

Makes 6 (1/2-cup) servings.

2 cups thinly sliced cucumbers (4 small or 2 large cucumbers)

1/2 tsp. Meijer salt

1 cup thinly sliced red onion

1/4 cup Meijer vinegar

1/4 cup water

1 Tbsp. Meijer sugar

1/2 tsp. McCormick® Dill Weed

1/4 tsp. McCormick® Black Pepper, Coarse Ground

Pinch McCormick® Red Pepper, Ground

Directions:

1. Place cucumber slices in medium bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Stir in onions.

2. Mix remaining ingredients in small bowl. Pour over cucumbers and onions; toss lightly. Cover.

3. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve. Toss before serving.

Nutrition information per serving: 28 calories, 0g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 197mg sodium, 6g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 1g protein.

Other idea: Sour Cream Dill Cucumber Salad: Prepare cucumbers and onion as directed. Omit vinegar, water and sugar. Mix 1/2 cup sour cream and seasonings. Toss with cucumber mixture.

Adapted from: McCormick.

Berries and "Stars"

Mix fresh blueberries and strawberries in bowls. Then, sprinkle fruit dishes with "stars" to add extra pizzazz. Pineapple or bananas and vanilla-flavored yogurt make attractive white stars to toss in with a mixture of red and blue berries for the 4th of July.

Stars: Use a star-shaped ice cube tray to form the stars. Mix two parts fruit (fresh or frozen) to one part flavored yogurt. If necessary, stop the food processor occasionally to push the mixture down the sides. Fill ice cube tray with mixture. Freeze until firm, about 3 hours. Stars maintain their shape best if left in the ice cube tray until served. Cover with plastic wrap and freezer foil after they are frozen if you plan to use them a day or so later. If stars don't pop out of the ice cube trays right away, let them sit for a minute or so to warm slightly and loosen. Experiment with different fruit and yogurt combinations.

Source: University of Nebraska at Lincoln Extension

To access the weekly menu, visit www.meijermealbox.com/healthy-living

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