#1 Must-Have 4th of July Drink Recipe To Make This Summer

This patriotic cocktail is as delightful as it looks. Quench your thirst this 4th of July with this amazing Drink Recipe that I whipped up!

Must Have 4th of July Drink Recipes

You will need:

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The Best Healthy Whole Wheat Pancake Recipes to Make From Scratch

How to Make Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes from Scratch

…and then make extra mix and save it for later!

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Homemade and Healthy Cowboy Salsa

a healthy homemade recipe for cowboy caviar - america's favorite salsa | recipe on itsaLisa.com

So I’m kind of obsessed with salsa. If you asked me what my favorite food is, the answer would be salsa. Actually that’s a lie, it’s ceviche, but that’s basically salsa of the sea, right?  My point is: how does one consume mass quantities of salsa on a budget?

You make it yourself!

Not from scratch silly… that’s too much work. Instead, go to the store and grab some jars and cans of your favorite ingredients.

This time around I went for the cowboy combo, you might recognize it from the Trader Joe’s version. It’s so filling, but the jars are so tiny that 1 could barely get me through the day. So instead, go make it for yourself! Mine filled a medium-sized mixing bowl, and only cost $4 total.

Here’s what you’ll need for your own “homemade” Cowboy Caviar:

  • a can of corn
  • a can of beans
  • a big jar of salsa

Now pour them all together! Be sure to drain the cans first so you only have solids going into your salsa or else it will be gross and watery. Add salt and pepper to taste. That’s it! Now you’ll have a twice the amount of salsa you started with, and it’s going to taste just like that cowboy caviar.

Other delicious ingredients that you can add to your DIY HOMEMADE SALSA include:

  • canned pineapple
  • fresh pico de gallo
  • canned mango
  • jarred jalapenos
  • and more…

Try those combos with different store-bought salsas too. Or replace the salsa with a can of diced tomatoes.

cucumber chips with salsa

Cool as a Cucumber

One more thing, observe how I’m eating it with cucumber slices. If you have never done this before you have got to try it! Just slice open a cold crisp cuke. They make for the perfect bite size summer snack, and if you play on any of the gluten-free, vegan, raw, vegetarian, or simply health-conscious teams, than cucumber slices in leu of chips are the treat for you! 🙂

I hope everything goes well for you at home in your own kitchen, please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Share pics with me via @itsa_Lisa on twitter or instagram – or leave comments below. Happy salsa-ing!

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Make these Delicious Spring Rolls from Scratch

Make your own Spring Rolls, follow this simple recipe for a healthy snack| itsaLisa.com

My father and I were craving some fresh and healthy food, and since we are a fan of shrimp and Vietnamese cuisine, spring rolls were the obvious choice! I used this recipe on foodnetwork.com because it looked simple and easy, it was:

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce Recipe

You can click the link above for details – I don’t want to plagiarise. However, I will share some secrets I learned while making them! Read this guide before you get started:

these are the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little spring rolls | itsaLisa.com

  • Buying ingredients at your local H-mart or asian market will save you money. I wish I’d known this secret years ago, but it’s true… groceries are cheaper at the foreign grocer! If your town has one, I highly recommend stopping in.

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  • Only soak 2 rice papers at a time in a plate of water. Soak them as you go: when you take one out put a new one in. This will give you enough time to make a spring roll while the new rice paper softens.

spring roll filling, lettuce carrots, and bean noodle | itsaLisa.com

  • Here is a mistake we made… The directions insisted we combine all the vegetables with the cooked bean thread noodles. – First off, we probably should have “finely shredded” the veggies a little better, and by better I mean we should have actually done it. – Second, the noodles just didn’t combine with the veggies well. One was raw and dry, the other sticky and lumpy, so I don’t know why that’s a good idea? – Anyways,  keep them separate and just grab a small portion of both to place inside the roll. A “good portion” will fit between your thumb and two fingers, no more than that or the roll won’t close.

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  • To make your spring roll look prettier, roll it like this:
    • First place the filling at the bottom of the wrap, give it one roll.
    • Then lay out the mint leaves, cilantro, and shrimp
    • Wrap the sides in and roll it all the way up.

The best sauce you will ever taste - Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce | easy recipe on itsaLisa.com

  • This is the best peanut sauce you will ever taste! (Photo is of the ingredients before they were mixed together.) We had to use chunky peanut butter because that’s all we had, so it looked kiiiiiindof lumpy. But the taste was AMAZING. Luckily I had leftovers and I ate it with everything until, sadly, I ran out.  So my tip to you would be to make extra Thai Peanut Sauce and put it on everything. Examples include: apples, celery, PIZZA (seriously, try it), chips, sweet potato fries, spring rolls (duh), …

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  • Lastly, here’s a serving suggestion. Aren’t they pretty!?

My Dad and I had a good time making them, it was worth the effort. He doesn’t think so, but he thinks all cooking should take 10 minutes or less. That’s how fast it’s done at the restaurant right? (WRONG). Whatever Dad, thanks for your help, I guess. (He secretly loved it).

Good luck on your own folks, I hope this helped! Once again, here’s the recipe from the Food Network. Please leave your thoughts in the comments… do YOU think it was worth it?

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