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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.

Cookies
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

Brownies
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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Spotlight Recipes: A Labor Day Spread

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, September 4, 2009

Labor Day BBQ
For most folks, Labor Day weekend is last time for a big BBQ bash. The kids are heading back to school (or are already there) and those half-day Fridays have all run out. Cherish summer’s final days and seasonal flavors with this versatile spread. Our menu features veggie kabobs to start, a spicy grilled chicken (or grilled zucchini for the meat-wary) and a fruit sundae to round things out.

We didn’t forget the drinks, either. Serve Blueberry Lime Margaritas for the adults and Blueberry Lemonade for the kids. If your friends aren’t blueberry fans, mix up a lighter, homemade batch of fresh iced tea instead.

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