Looking for Labor Day weekend meal plans and favorite recipes? I can’t even believe it’s getting close to the end of summer, and time to start planning for Labor Day weekend is here already! If you need meal planning ideas for your Labor Day picnic or backyard barbecue, I’ve got lots of recipes that should help you out. Say good-bye to summer remembering all the fun you’ve had, and encourage your children by making more sweet family memories this weekend.
Appetizers for my Labor Day weekend are always going to include the spicy flavors I love. You’ll recognize some of my go-to favorites below, including these Black Bean Nachos.
- Black Bean Nachos
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Creamy Cucumber Dip
- Easy Salsa Fresca
- Tomato and Basil Bruschetta
Main courses for your Labor Day bash need to be easy, to keep you out of the kitchen and in the hub of celebration with your family and friends. I’ll be using the grill, so that I don’t miss out on any of the fun going on outdoors. Another option that will keep your hands-on cook time to a minimum is using your slow cooker.
- Gourmet Cheeseburger Sliders pictured above
- Barbeque Pork Ribs
- Greek Chicken and Vegetable Kabobs
- Orange Juice Slow Cooker Pork
- Marinated Pork Tenderloin
- Thai Eggplant and Pasta Salad
- Picnic Pasta
- Mahi Mahi Ceviche Style with Mango Couscous
Sides for any outdoor Labor Day picnic or party need to keep in mind the heat and wait time that the food will be sitting out. Make plans to take along a cooler with cold packs and extra ice so your cold dishes can stay cold until it’s time to serve them.
- Green and White Bean Salad pictured above
- Savannah Pasta Salad
- Spicy Black Beans
- Summer Squash Pasta
- Summer Tomato Lentil Salad
- Watermelon Arugula Salad
- Grilled Chile Lime Corn
Desserts for this all-American holiday can be as traditional as a homemade apple pie. (Not nearly as hard as you think!) You can also keep it super simple with ice cream topped with fresh berries (in season and on sale), or an easy fruit cobbler.
- Homemade Apple Pie pictured above
- Easy Fruit Cobbler
- Vanilla Ice Cream with Blackberry Compote
- Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread
Do you know what Labor Day is all about? Find out what the holiday really means HERE.
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