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As the 4th of July holiday is getting ready to hit, many party hosts are looking for easy barbecue recipe ideas. After all, most people don’t want to serve the same thing at their summer cookout, year after year. While some of the traditional barbecue cuisine should certainly be included annually, here are some new ideas for you to try at this year’s party.

Watergate Salad

1) 16 oz can of pineapple (crushed)
1) 4 oz box of Jell-O™ pudding (Pistachio)
1) 8 oz tub Cool Whip
1) 16 oz of bag miniature marshmallows
Maraschino cherries (your choice to include or not)
Coconut (your choice to include or not)

To start, begin by draining the juice from the can of pineapple. Mix the ingredients all together in a bowl. Leave the salad in the refrigerator overnight for best results. You can choose to add in cherries or coconut, if you wish. If you want, you can double the recipe for more guests. However, this single recipe should feed about ten guests.

Healthy Homemade Pasta Salad

1 Box of Rotini (Whole Wheat or Vegetable)
1 Bottle of Fat Free or Reduced Calorie Italian Dressing
Black Olives
2 or 3 Cucumbers (peeled and quartered)
Grape Tomatoes (as many as you’d like)
Grated Cheese (Optional)

For those who are used to picking up a box of pasta salad in the grocery store, this recipe will change your mind. You can adjust everything to your individual tastes and even substitute cubed cheddar cheese for the grated cheese if you so desire. Some people also like to add sliced pepperoni as well.

Almost Homemade BBQ Party Baked Beans

1 drained can (46 oz) of Pork & Beans
Brown sugar (simply substitute Splenda™ Brown Sugar for less calories)
Optional: Chopped Onion
Honey (to help with desired thickness)
Yellow Mustard, Catsup or BBQ for spicy flavor
Enough bacon strips to cover the top of the pan

To begin, mix all ingredients in a dish which can be placed in the oven. After it is mixed well, cover the top of the mixture with uncooked bacon strips. Then bake the dish at 400 degrees F for about 45 minutes (bacon must be well done). This recipe serves approximately 10 guests.

To create a memorable 4th of July holiday, invite your family and friends over for a holiday picnic or barbecue. You can easily add a different flair to a typical barbecue menu by including these easy and delicious recipes this year.