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BBQ On A Budget Plus Other July 4 Cookout Ideas - New From EMeals





BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for a Fourth of July cookout menu that won't break the bank? Knockout burger recipes? Other inspirations for your Independence Day festivities? Online email planning service eMeals.com has posted a bumper crop of ideas on its blog and Pinterest page – plus a chance to win a Big Green Egg grill worth $650 if you enter the sweepstakes at eMeals' Facebook page by July 9.

First, for frugal holiday entertaining, check out the BBQ on a Budget on the eMeals blog. You'll find recipes for Pork and Veggie Skewers, Veggie Pasta Salad and a Banana Pudding layered with vanilla wafers that can be assembled in a trifle dish, creating a colorful spread for eight or more guests.Also on the blog you'll find two homemade BBQ sauces (there's a third on eMeals' Facebook page) as well as a series of 'clean eating' side dishes and indulgent desserts that launched this week with one new recipe to be posted every day through July 4.

If you're looking for something really different (and healthy, too), take a look at the free Veggie Burger recipe made with brown rice, baby Bella mushrooms and two kinds of summer squash. It's one of five burger options on a bigger Fourth of July menu that is available free to both new and existing eMeals subscribers on their personal member's page. The complete feast also includes eMeals' Ultimate Burger, Open Faced Mediterranean Lamb Burgers with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce, Bruschetta Burgers and Taco Burgers with Chipotle Cream – plus Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes with Chipotle Ketchup, Broccoli & Red Cabbage Slaw, and an appropriately red, white and blue Blueberry Cobbler topped with homemade strawberry ice cream.

Other patriotic party ideas can be found on eMeals' Fourth of July Pinterest board, ranging from free flag printables to keep kids occupied and enough Stars and Stripes-themed desserts to feed the whole neighborhood.

It's all part of eMeals' campaign to help families make quick work of getting dinner on the table.

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