Our Nourishing Pick of July 4th Recipes

We’ve put together a nourishing plate for you with these July 4th recipes. All your favorite barbecue food–potato salad, baked beans, tomato salad … even pickles and ice cream–along with one of our best BBQ recipes (try Lia’s Best Barbecue Ribs). Happy July 4th from NOURISH Evolution!

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Getting into the right mindset: The July 4th is a celebration, and some of these dishes are heftier than everyday fare. But not to worry–it’s a good, healthy thing to enjoy a celebratory meal once in a while. Here’s our plan for how to load your plate so you don’t feel stuffed: Pile up with the tomato salad and cucumbers (the lightest picks of the bunch); enjoy a dollop of beans and potato salad and few heavenly bites of corn bread (a good bit heavier) with a few barbecue ribs (a little goes a long way) in which you take unbridled pleasure. Then finish with a bowl of cool, refreshing sherbet — all part of our nourishing collection of July 4th recipes.

Great Food Nourishes “The Help”

Are you planning to see “The Help” this week? It opens today, and it’s based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel about the lives of middle-class white women and the black women who work for them in Jackson, Miss., in 1962. Lia and I both read it last summer and loved it. (I might play hooky and catch a matinee this afternoon – shhh, don’t tell Lia!)

the-helpOf course, when it comes to anything about the Deep South, food plays an important role in the movie – especially Minny’s famous chocolate pie. And Southern fare has a special place in our hearts at NOURISH Evolution. Lia and I may both be California girls – Lia by choice and me by birth – but we’ve each done a turn in the South that left its mark on our palates. Lia went to college at Tulane in New Orleans, and I spent six years in Alabama.

So, in honor of “The Help,” we’re sharing some of our nourishing tastes of the South:


Our Gridiron Menu

If autumn Saturdays mean football, this menu is for you. Even if your favorite team doesn’t fare so well on Saturday, you can console yourself with a warm bowl of chili and all the fixin’s.

NOURISH Evolution’s Gridiron Menu


Traditional spinach dip can be an overly heavy/creamy goo. Lia’s Spanish Leaning Spinach and Chickpea Dip has rich texture and vibrant flavor that’s inspired by hummus.

Main event:

Fresh hot peppers add zip to Kurt’s Iowa City Chili. You can make it a day ahead and reheat it, or start it on Saturday and let it gently simmer until it’s time to eat.

On the side:

Our BLT Bread Salad with Creamy Buttermilk Dressing is a lovely creamy, crunchy foil for the chili. Prep the ingredients a day ahead, then toss the salad when you’re ready to serve. Whip up our Skillet Corn Bread with Tomatoes and Sage while the chili simmers on the stove.

Sweet touchdown:

Since it’s a pigskin day, we figure you can’t have too much bacon, can you? Nah! Settle the score with a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies with Candied Bacon.

To pour:

Kurt calls for adding a bock or stout to the chili. Stock up on plenty to sip as well. Try a Shiner Bock from Texas.

Skillet Corn Bread with Tomatoes and Sage

When I think of cast-iron skillets, corn bread immediately comes to mind. In the Deep South, many home cooks have a skillet handed down from their mamas that they use just for corn bread. This version is inspired by James Beard Award-nominated Birmingham, Ala., chef Frank Stitt, author of Frank Stitt’s Southern Table (Artisan). He says corn bread should be a savory side dish and dismisses sweetened versions as a “Yankee invention.” Our rendition includes No Work Slow Roasted Tomatoes,* fresh corn and sage for extra flavor and texture. Try it with Kurt’s Iowa City Chili.