Labor Day: An Excuse To Eat Summer Food One Last Time

Long. Weekend. Sweet words, yes? Let’s be honest, Labor Day is less about it’s historical significance and more about things like BBQ, camping, and generally squeezing in one last dose of summer before we accept that it has left the building (sorry, season, but I’m ready for you to peace out). I know that many of you are new readers (Hi!), and every few months, I like to give a little bit of a round-up to resurrect some recipes that might have been buried with time — and Labor Day weekend seems like the perfect opportunity to do just that. If you are not a new reader, I hope you still find some inspiration for your long weekend eats : )

But, if not, don’t fear (or unsubscribe, more accurately…) — another new recipe is headed your way!

Vegan Mango Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Seriously, with just three ingredients… I don’t see how you can pass this up. It tastes like rainbows. Dipped in Mango.

Put The Lime In The Coconut (Milk) Ice Cream
Um… What says “summer loving” more than flecks of lime zest and creamy cold yumness? Exactly.

Easy GF, Vegan Baked Beans
This is pretty much my go-to BBQ contribution, because it’s awesome. Sorry, but it’s true! I’ve had several friends say they plan to make this soon, and it is one of my most popular recipes on the blog. Seriously, you just can’t go wrong!

Bring-The-Party-In-Your-BBQ-Sauce Sauce
This is amazing on (veggie) burgers, salads, pizza crusts, and just about anything you can imagine. Once you make your own BBQ sauce at home, you will never, ever go back!

In fact, my sister-in-law Abby left me this message on Facebook this week:

(it literally made me l.o.l.)

Sloppy Joe Lentil Posers
My friend Jonathan is so sweet; he recently had us over for lunch and made this recipe for us, as he wanted to make sure I had “safe” food to eat. He even called me five times to make sure he was doing it right. (Sorry ladies, as of recently he’s been taken off the bachelor list!) He did it right (good job, Jon!), and we had a wonderful meal. Psst… This is great for those veggie-meat-alternative skeptics (read: meat eaters) ; )

Zucchini Fries
These are getting a lot of attention from Pinterest, of all places! (P.S. I reward myself for long study and work sessions with a 10 minute “pinning” break. I felt the need to confess that…) Anyway, this is a great excuse to get rid of the plethora of wonderful seasonal zucchini (that you’ve run out of ways to cook)!

Or, you know, make real (Sweet) Potato Fries
So easy, so cheap, so flippin’ addictive…

Simple and Savory Date Tapenade
I made this for a gathering over a month ago, serving it with socca as a flatbread to dip, and the entire thing was literally scraped-clean-GONE in half an hour. And we even came after all the other stuff had been served and people were stuffed. Soo… Not to toot my own horn buuut. (toot toot.)

Massaged Kale Salad and Apple Cider Vinaigrette
So fresh, so easy. This is literally ready to go in 5 minutes! I could eat it all day long. (So don’t invite me to your Labor Day festivities if you make this. Seriously. I’ll eat all of it.)

Summer Marinade (Best with Grilled or Broiled Veggies!)
Mix the marinade, cut veggies, throw all together in a Ziploc, let soak for an hour or two, grill. BAM. Deliciousness! (Also can be tossed with lettuce for a zingy salad!)

Garden Green Goddess Dressing
One last taste of that summer fresh flavor!

Asian Peanut Salad Dressing and Dip
Just as tasty as the stuff they serve in sushi restaurants with salad, but without the mayo and other schtuff most of us would like to do without. It has literally changed my life. And it’s ready in about 2 minutes, so…bonus.

Oh, Summer… We had some good times. But absence makes the heart grow fonder.

And it’s been a year since the last pumpkin season.

So don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

What will you miss about Summer? Any fun Labor Day plans?

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