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Patriotic Eating

By Debbie Koenig

Wave your flags and grab your sparklers, because a holiday weekend is a-coming. We’ll be up at the house for four glorious days, complete with small-town parades, fireworks, and lots of grilling. My menu will involve many, if not all, of these irresistible dishes:

We haven’t tried grilling fish yet on our fancy new gas grill, but this weekend seems like a good time to start. Grilled Salmon with Caper Chimichurri (8 SmartPoints value/serving) is a recipe I developed for Weight Watchers Magazine, and I can’t wait to make it again.

Something a little tropical makes sense for a summer holiday. Mojo-Marinated Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs (7 SmartPoints value/serving) fits the bill.

For a more traditional Fourth, I’d go burgers and dogs all the way. Cheeseburgers with Grilled Onions for only 7 SmartPoints value/serving? Yes, indeed.

And don’t forget the dogs! The toppings on a Chicago-Style Hot Dog (5 SmartPoints value/serving) won’t thrill my picky eater, but the dog itself definitely will.

To complete the rah-rah-rah, Raspberry Blueberry Cheesecake Pie (7 SmartPoints value/serving) gets all red-white-and-blue, and tastes good, too.

When I’m hosting, I always like to make sure there are options that fit into my SmartPoints budget, so here are a handful of 0 SmartPoints value sides and sweets:

Summer Slaw will satisfy your desire for crunch.

Can’t go wrong with Grilled Summer Vegetables, right?

Grilled Sesame Asparagus has 1 SmartPoints value per serving, but I’ll bet you can find a spare SmartPoint somewhere.

Grilled Cinnamon Peaches let you have dessert, even if you’ve used up every last SmartPoint.

And for a cool, 0 SmartPoints value treat, check out my Frozen Watermelon Pop Stars!

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