Nourishing Flourishing

GF, Vegan, Vegetarian, Grain-Free, Etc. — for Crowds of All Needs!

3 Jul


I’m still here, just seriously neglecting blogging. I have some posts written, but most of them aren’t food-centric, seeing as I’ve been traveling across the U.S. (we’re in St. Paul, MN now!), without much time to cook. Also, I’m getting nearly all my meals free right now, so… goodbye, motivation. I find I don’t get as much feedback on non-recipe posts, though they do get just as many hits, so I’m conflicted about publishing them sometimes.

Anyway, just wanted to pop in to offer some ideas for the coming 4th of July celebrations! This was a popular post last year, so I updated it a little. Need vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, grain-free, and generally tasty dishes to serve? Whether you are signed up to bring an appetizer, snack, entree, dessert, or drink to the party, I hope this list can help!

Main Dish-ish:

Easy GF, Vegan Baked Beans (my personal favorite, and gets rave reviews from even the most skeptical)

Unfried Refried Beans (great for layered dips)

Sloppy Joe Lentil Posers

Savory Summer Squash Pancakes (like latkes, but healthier)

Booyah BBQ Socca Pizza

Balsamic Carmelized Onion and Cherry Tomato Tart

Effortless Portobello Burgers

Salads, Appetizers, Sides:

Herbed Chickpea (Garbanzo) Flour CRACK-ers

Simple and Savory Date Tapenade

Salsa Verde

Zucchini Fries (!)

Asparagus, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

5 Minute Massaged Kale Salad and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Raw Zucchini Pasta Salad and Zesty Italian Dressing

Condiments and Dips:

Bring-The-Party-In-Your-BBQ-Sauce BBQ Sauce

Healthy, Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

Easy Asian Peanut Salad Dressing and Dipping Sauce

Summer Grilling Marinade

Simple and Savory Date Tapenade (amazing with socca or crackers)

Salsa Verde


Chocolate Fudge Brownie Dessert Hummus, Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus, + Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dessert Hummus

Cinnamon (Un) Sugar Dessert Hummus

(serve all these dips with apple slices, crackers, etc.)

Double Dark Chocolate Doughballs

Dark Chocolate Chip Doughballs

Dark Chocolate Chip Pizookie

Sugar-Free Lime Mocktail

Vegan Mango Coconut Milk Ice Cream

“Put the Lime in the Coconut” Vegan Coconut Milk Ice Cream


What will you be serving up?

(Last year I brought the olive and date tapenade with socca cut into pieces for spreading it on, and it was gone in literally less than half an hour. It wouldn’t feel like a summer holiday without some vegan baked beans, though!)


Share this:
Facebook Twitter Email Stumbleupon Digg Delicious Reddit Tumblr Linkedin Posterous Snailmail

Related posts:

Unfried Refried Beans: The Best
Learning to Love
Culinary Highlight: Sweet Freedom Bakery

4 Responses to “GF, Vegan, Vegetarian, Grain-Free, Etc. — for Crowds of All Needs!”

  1. Noelle July 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Oh yes! Now that I must eat this way again (except for the vegan part), your site is my recipe inspiration. You might say it’s a recipe bible. I’m back to being straight and narrow as I should be (although I may cheat a little once I’m not nursing, cough, cough). Miss you friend! I wish St Paul was a little closer, though it is closer than Colorado.

  2. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate July 4, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    YAY A POST! :)

  3. Mitzi February 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Wow, your food looks amazingly delicious! I’m happy I found your blog — it’s fun to read.

    • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing February 25, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      Mitzi, you are so kind! I’m a little embarrassed as whenever I look at the blog, it feels so out of date, but thank you for your sweet words. I’ll be sending the coffee cake recipe to you soon — I just need to test it once more to be sure!

Leave a Reply