Celebrating simply with style

Save time with these quick and easy Independence Day recipes so you can enjoy the festivities.

shwarma 370 (photo credit: Courtesy)
shwarma 370
(photo credit: Courtesy)
With Independence Day being a time for fun and celebration, you want food that speaks of Israel but that's quick and easy to prepare. 
No one wants to be indoors. You want to join the party out in the streets. Here are a few recipes that family and friends will enjoy and that will allow everyone to participate in all the events of the day, large and small.
Mock shwarma
2 tablespoons canola oil2 pounds chicken fajitas (skinless, boneless, chicken breasts, cut into strips)2 brown onions, sliced2 tablespoons shwarma seasoningPitasHumusTehinaPickles
Sauté chicken in oil until no longer pink.  Add onions and continue to sauté.  Sprinkle generously with seasoning and cook until well absorbed. Serve inside pitas with the toppings of your choice!
Israeli salad
4 small cucumbers, diced4 ripe tomatoes, finely diced
Toss together and dress if desired with Greek salad dressing.
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Greek salad dressing
1-1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil½ - 2/3 cup red wine vinegar1 tablespoon granulated garlic2 teaspoons oregano2 teaspoons basil1 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients and shake well.
Brownie sundaes
This can be set up like a buffet. Okay, it’s not really a recipe but it fits with the free-flowing spirit of the day.  And no one will complain about your choice of dessert.
1 pan brownies (homemade or store-bought)Parve vanilla ice creamParve chocolate syrupParve whipped creamMaraschino cherries
Cut brownies into squares, or for a more elegant presentation, use a biscuit cutter to cut them into circles. 
Top each brownie with a scoop of ice cream.  Drizzle chocolate syrup over ice cream. 
Spray on whipped cream and top with a cherry.