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Under-30-Minute Party Recipes to Make This Labor Day

by in Healthy Recipes, September 3, 2015

grilled peach cobbler

Labor Day tends to sneak up on the calendar each year. It seems like just yesterday we were daydreaming about summer vacation, and suddenly September is here. Don’t fret if you haven’t decided what to cook for this season’s last big cookout. Embrace the spirit of the holiday and go with quick and easy recipes so you can relax on your extra day off. Here are some of our favorite healthy recipes that come together in under 30 minutes, starting with dessert.

Healthy Grilled Peach Crisp Foil Packs (pictured above)

To satisfy your craving for peach crisp without the long baking time and all of the fat, grill peach halves in foil packs until caramelized and syrupy, and top with frozen yogurt. (A scoop per serving is factored into the nutrition information.) You can easily double or triple this recipe for a crowd.

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6 Fall-Forward Recipes for Your Labor Day Celebration — Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Recipes, September 3, 2015

Of all the summer holidays, Labor Day is by far the most bittersweet. It’s the last hurrah for the grill and a final farewell to warm-weather produce. When planning your cookout or picnic menu, choose dishes that accommodate the seasonal shift with hearty spins on standard summer fare. Start by swapping light and zesty glazes for bold and aromatic marinades. Instead of gazpacho, try creamy chowder loaded with seasonal ingredients. For dessert, stick to summer berries — but go beyond a simple fruit cup or parfait in favor of something just as rich as it is refreshing. Sound like a challenge? It’s really quite simple. Bid summer a final adieu with these six still-in-season recipes that anticipate the arrival of cooler weather.

Yogurt-Marinated Grilled Chicken with Harissa (pictured at top)
Get a final grilled meal in before it’s time to close up shop until next year. Alex Guarnaschelli celebrates the fleeting intersection of summer and fall with this recipe for juicy grilled chicken and spicy harissa. The harissa calls for fresh red bell peppers, which are currently at their peak, blended together with rich and aromatic spices that typify comforting fall meals. For the juiciest results possible, give the chicken ample time to marinate in the spicy yogurt mixture.

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5 Alternative Burgers Worth Flipping For

by in Healthy Recipes, August 31, 2014

vegan burger
Even if you hold the beef and spring for an alternative protein, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor. Just in time for Labor Day grilling, these five unconventional patties are ready to step up to the bun.

Vegan Lentil Burgers (above)
Don’t let the lentil-spinach mixture fool you. There’s nothing hippie-crunchy-tasting about these delicious meat-free patties. Give them a whirl on the grill — or a quick pan-fry session — then tuck them into whole-grain buns with a wallop of spicy mustard. Read more

15 Labor Day Cookout Dishes, Lightened-Up

by in Healthy Recipes, August 30, 2013

broccoli saladWhatever you’re craving this weekend, there’s a healthy take that’s sure to be a hit with cookout-party and picnic crowds. From salads to burgers to desserts, here are 15 lightened-up recipes.

Side Dishes and Salads

American Macaroni Salad

Broccoli Salad (above)

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Garden Potato Salad

Corn and Pasta Salad

Asian Red Cabbage Slaw

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Win This Convertible Picnic Bag!

by in Giveaway, August 28, 2013

convertible picnic bag

Packing a picnic for your Labor Day BBQ has never been easier. Built NY’s Convertible Picnic Bag comes with all of the essentials for a group of four: plastic plates, wine glasses, flatware and napkins, plus a corkscrew and key ring bottle opener. Built-in pocket compartments keep everything in place—including sleeves to safely carry wine bottles. Pack dishes like Creamy Coleslaw and Summer Vegetable Salad in the removable drawstring bag, then adjust the straps for easy carrying. With just one zip, the picnic is laid out and the fun can begin.

You can buy your own Built NY Picnic Bag or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, what you’re making for your Labor Day BBQ. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, August 30 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one Built NY Picnic Bag to one randomly-selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on August 28 and 5 p.m. EST on August 30, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $149.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what are you making for your Labor Day BBQ?

Portable Desserts

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, August 31, 2012

cheesecake brownies
Are desserts your job for the potluck picnic? You’re in luck! We’ve got treats for every kind of sweet tooth.

Perfectly portioned and finger-licking good. Bring some fresh fruit along too – we suggest watermelon slices or a bushel of juicy peaches.

Almond Blueberry Cookies
Triple Chocolate Cookies

Scratch the chocolate itch with these decadent delights. Bake a bunch and freeze for up to 6 months.

Made-Over Deep Dish Brownies
Food Network Kitchens’ Cheesecake Brownies (pictured above)

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Honey-Strawberry Quinoa Salad

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, August 24, 2012

Ready to serve up a new, fun summer salad for your Labor Day picnic or BBQ? You can easily add seasonal fruits and vegetables into a grain-based salad for a simple and flavorful dish. By sticking to fresh, whole and natural ingredients, you will be packing in the flavor to this quinoa salad. This dish is as quick as it is flavorful, and with all of the fresh strawberries and sweet honey mixed in, it is so satisfying on the dog days of summer.

Try this salad stuffed into a pita, or serve it on a bed of greens for a light supper. And at the height of bell pepper season, you can use it to fill hollowed-out red bell peppers for an elegant entree. Feel free to play around with this recipe; stepping into your farmers market will give you a whole new perspective of what else you can toss into this dish. No strawberries at the market? No problem. Fresh raspberries or blackberries are a sweet alternative. Not a fan of almonds? Pistachios are a sweeter alternative. If you’re planning on hosting a vegan guest, you can easily substitute agave nectar for the honey. Quinoa is a complete protein and a tasty gluten-free pasta-alternative that can be enjoyed by all.

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Top Picnic Posts for Labor Day

by in Healthy Holidays, September 5, 2011
labor day
Are you cooking out today?

Happy Labor Day! It’s time to have one last picnic before summer officially ends. Of course you can still cook out before it gets cold, but it’s the last long holiday weekend where you’ll have an extra day to relax and entertain. To get you ready for your end-of-summer bash, a round-up of our most popular picnic posts:

Summer Picnic Menu

Which is Healthier, a Hot Dog or a Hamburger?

5-Ingredient Broccoli Salad

Top Picnic Salads

Host a Healthier Cookout

Potato Salad, Lightened Up

8 Grilling Safety Tips You Need to Know

Safety Tips: Packing Food for Your Cookout

Labor Day Cookout Menu

How are you celebrating the last weekend of summer?

Katie’s Healthy Bites: Healthier Hot Dogs

by in Uncategorized, September 4, 2011
hot dog
Can you still have one of these on a healthy diet?

On Labor Day weekend, many families will be firing up the grill to cook . . . you guessed it: hot dogs. 95% of American households eat hotdogs (we consume over 20 billion a year).  Hot dogs are notoriously high in fat/saturated fat and sodium  and most only have about an ounce of protein. So, I bet you’re wondering how you can enjoy your Labor Day cook-out and be health conscious? Here are some tips to a better ‘dog.

Choose a hot dog that is lower in fat (less than 10 g of total fat and 5 g of saturated fat) and sodium (less then 500mg).  Look for light or reduced fat versions; fat-free versions usually add more sodium for flavor. Here are some brands that fit the bill.

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Labor Day Sides

by in Healthy Recipes, September 3, 2011
grilled summer squash
Grilled summer squash, from Food Network Magazine.

Celebrate the end of summer with these healthy sides — each has fewer than 250 calories per serving. Side dishes should add color, flavor, and a variety of nutrients to your meal. Take your pick from these scrumptious options.

Recipes To Try:

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