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Shock Your Labor Day Guests with These 10 Healthy and Mouthwatering Recipes

Labor Day is usually celebrated with a backyard barbeque, families reunite, and friends tag along.

But let’s be honest, food is the only thing (besides love) that brings us all together on this day. Therefore, we shouldn’t take lightly what we put inside our bodies. Even if it’s just for one day.

For that matter, I’ve comprised a list of healthy alternatives. You read that right, you are about to be given delicious and nutritious dishes and desserts that will put a smile on your face and won’t add pounds around your waits.

And since sharing is caring, surprise your loved ones with these incredibly healthy and mouthwatering recipes:

Healthy Labor Day Bites

Wonder Bake

Yields

4

Prep Time

10 Mins

Total Time

45 Mins

This delicious casserole is truly a god sent that holds incredible health benefits due to its components:

  • 1 lb. zucchini (about 3 medium), chopped
  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes, preferably multi-colored, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp. torn basil, for garnish

Now that you’ve gathered all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to prepare this marvelous dish:

  1. First, preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Take a large bowl and mix the following ingredients: zucchini, tomatoes, garlic and a drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  4. Once you’re done, place the vegetables in a small baking dish and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  5. Bake for 33 to 35 minutes until golden.
  6. Don’t forget to garnish with basil.

And it’s done! Serve it to your guests and enjoy their compliments.

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Grilled Steak Skewers with Chimichurri

Yields

4

Prep Time

20 Mins

Total Time

35 Mins

For this mind-dazzling dish, you need the following ingredients:These are my kids’ favorite dish. They empty their plates in seconds. And the best part? They come along with a healthy twist (many health bolstering herbs).

  • 1/3 c. Fresh basil
  • 1/3 c. fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 c. fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1 1/2″ chunks
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 orange pepper, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 1/2 lb. sirloin steak, fat trimmed and cut into 1 1/2″ chunks

To begin with, soak 12 wooden skewers in water for 10 minutes. While this is going on, make the Chimichurri sauce in a blender:

  1. Pulse together basil, cilantro, parsley, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, shallot, crushed red pepper flakes, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. With motor running, add ¼ cup more olive oil until smooth, then season with salt and pepper.

Now that the sauce is done, you can thread the onions, peppers, and steak onto the soaked skewers. If you want to make them extra sturdy, use two skewers per kebab.

Arrange the skewers on a platter and season generously with salt and pepper. Next, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, turning skewers to coat.

Now, it’s time to grill (my favorite part). Place the skewers over high heat for about 10 to 12 minutes and make sure you turn them over from time to time so that they get brown on all sides.

Let sit for 5 minutes and enjoy.

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Breadless Burger Alternatives

Ditch buns for a healthier and less fattening alternative. That’s right, you can eat a burger that satisfies your appetite and doesn’t put pounds around your waist.

Pick one (or why not both recipes) and prepare it for everyone’s delight.

#1 Recipe: Tomato Bun Burgers

Yields

6

Prep Time

10 Mins

Total Time

20 Mins

All you need for this delicious burgers are:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 small tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • Lettuce, for serving
  • Yellow mustard, for serving

Now it’s time to cook them:

  1. Heat your grill to medium high.
  2. Combine ground beef and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Make sliders that fit the size of your tomatoes from the beef mixture.
  5. Grill 3 minutes per side.
  6. Top with cheddar and cover the grill for 1 minute.
  7. Slather mayo on the bottom tomato bun and top with lettuce and a slider patty.
  8. Drizzle with mustard and top with tomato bun.

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#2 Recipe: Pineapple Bun Burgers

Yields

4

Prep Time

10 Mins

Total Time

20 Mins

If you don’t want to make the burgers with tomatoes, then you have this even healthier alternative – pineapples.

All you need for this recipe are:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 pineapple rings
  • 1 large red onion, sliced into rings
  • 4 slices pepper jack
  • 4 pieces romaine
  • 8 slices cooked bacon

The sliders for this burger are made exactly as the latter.

After you’ve prepared the sliders, get to cooking:

  1. Heat grill to medium-high and grill the sliders, pineapple, and red onion until charred (about 3 minutes per side).
  2. Top burger patties with pepper jack and cover grill for 1 minute.
  3. Top bottom pineapple buns with lettuce, burger sliders, bacon, and grilled onions, then top with pineapple bun.

All that is left for you to do is amaze your guests with this recipe.

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Potato Heaven

Yields

8

Prep Time

5 Mins

Total Time

20 Mins

Here’s what you need for this excellent potato dish:If you are like me and my kids, then you love potatoes. And if you know how to cook them then you can enjoy their myriad of health benefits.

  • 2 lb. baby potatoes, halved
  • 1/4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 packet ranch seasoning
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Ranch dressing, for drizzling
  • Chopped fresh chives, for garnish

Now get to your grill:

  1. Preheat to medium-heat.
  2. Toss the potatoes with olive oil, lemon juice, and ranch seasoning in a large bowl.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Thread potatoes on skewers and grill until tender and lightly charred, 15 minutes.
  5. Drizzle with ranch and garnish with chives.

Don’t forget to write down in the comments below the reaction of your guests, or yours. I know that I fell in love with these potatoes from the first bite. Have you?

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Pesto Shrimp Skewers

Yields

8

Prep Time

15 Mins

Total Time

25 Mins

Make sure you get the following ingredients:This dish looks incredibly fancy, but don’t be fooled by its appearance, it is extremely easy to make. Not to mention that you will amaze your guests and kids with these out of the ordinary skewers.

  • 1 lb. medium or large frozen shrimp, deveined, thawed
  • 3 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 8 skewers, soaked in water 20 minutes
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. pesto

Once you have all of this, get to your barbeque:

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Skewer shrimp and lemon slices.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill, turn occasionally, until shrimp is opaque and lemons slightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Brush with pesto and serve.

Once I showed to my guests these shrimp skewers, they all felt a bit posh (the way English says it). We joked about it for a while, but they really enjoyed the dish.

Just make sure that no one has any seafood allergies. You could ask them beforehand to be on the safe side.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

An outing is nothing without its dessert. At least in my home where everyone has a cankering for sweets. However, we are painfully aware of the negative impact that too much sugar can have on our health. Therefore, we try to limit its intake as much as possible.

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Here are some recipes that can help you with that:

Banana Split Kebabs

Yields

24

Prep Time

15 Mins

Total Time

20 Mins

But make sure you have the following ingredients for this dessert:Since it’s a barbeque and most likely there will be leftover skewers (at least at my barbeques there are always leftovers), why not use them?

  • 2 bananas, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 24 1″ pieces pineapple
  • 12 large strawberries, rinsed, dried, and halved
  • 2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. peanuts, chopped

Now it’s time to make the kebabs:

  1. Thread two pieces each banana, pineapple, and strawberry onto skewer.
  2. Repeat process to assemble 23 more skewers.
  3. Place all on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until completely smooth.
  5. Drizzle chocolate over fruit kebabs and top with chopped peanuts.
  6. Freeze until ready to serve.

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Watermelon Strawberry Caprese Salad

Yields

4

Prep Time

10 Mins

Total Time

10 Mins

So, if you want to make a great example and influence others, then here is your chance.If you haven’t made this fruit salad before, then you have no idea what you’re missing out on. I know that for some people it might be challenging to eat fruits, I wasn’t used to eating them for quite some time and gradually I got used to it.

For this fruit salad you need:

  • 3 c. watermelon, cubed
  • 2 c. strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 c. Feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil, torn

Get a large bowl and combine the watermelon, strawberries, feta and olive oil. Season it with salt and pepper to taste and toss to coat.

Garnish with basil and serve.

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Avocado Chocolate Pudding

This pudding has no added sugars. Which means it is perfectly safe to eat and enjoy. And trust me, everyone will enjoy this incredible pudding. Even the people who don’t eat avocadoes (can’t relate).

The following recipe gives you only 5 servings, but you can add more depending on how many people you have over.

For the actual pudding you will need:

  • 10 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1-2 cups coconut water
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted and scooped
  • 1/4 cup creamy, unsweetened almond butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

For the garnish you will need to have:

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Mint sprig (optional)

Now that you have all the necessary ingredients, get your trusted blender (preferably a high-powered one) and:

  1. Blend the dates with half of the coconut water until smooth.
  2. Add other half of the coconut water and remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  3. Fill a bowl with 1/2 cup of the pudding.
  4. Garnish with banana and strawberry slices, a few blueberries, a sprinkling of coconut, and sprig of mint.
  5. Repeat for the remaining pudding bowls.

Please tell me the reaction of your guests once they try this no-added sugar recipe. I’m very curious.

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Frozen Fruit Ice Cream

Why buy one? When you can make a healthier and tastier version?

That has always been my motto.

Here’s how you can enjoy this ice cream. And you only need 2 ingredients:

  • 1 to 2 bananas
  • frozen berries of your choice

Now, get to preparing it:

  1. Cut a banana or two into chunks and freeze it for at least 12 hours.
  2. Add the frozen banana chunks to a food processor along with a few frozen berries of your choice – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.
  3. Blend in the food processor until it becomes nice and creamy, just like ice cream.

Tip: The more berries you add, the more it will be like sorbet. Using fewer berries and more banana will make it creamier.

I must warn you though, people will ask you where you bought this ice cream. Be prepared to share with them this recipe.

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MINTY CHOCOLATE CAKE

If you have a bit more time on your hands, then I highly recommend you try this cake. My jaw dropped when I first tasted it. We’ve been making this on several occasions since then.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 8 eggs
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted (plus more for greasing pans)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup milk (regular or coconut)
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee (or coffee substitute)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp peppermint extract
  • Chocolate Peppermint Frosting (recipe below)
  • Crushed peppermint candy

Now it’s time to get busy:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease two 9-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  3. Mix together coconut flour, arrowroot, cacao, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, with whisk attachment, whisk the eggs.
  5. Add oil/butter, honey, milk, coffee, ACV or lemon juice and peppermint. Continue to mix until combined.
  6. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until ingredients are incorporated.
  7. Stop the mixer and scrap down the sides (you might need to do this a couple times).
  8. Turn mixer back on and beat on high speed for about one full minute to make the batter fluffy.
  9. Divide the batter between the two prepared pans.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Check at 25 minutes with a toothpick… it should come out with a few moist crumbles. Don’t overbake or the cake will be dry. If it is still too moist, bake for another 2 to 5 minutes (the cake was perfect at 27 minutes for me).
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Use a knife to loosen the sides of the cakes from the pans and turn them out onto the wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Chocolate Peppermint Frosting

For this you will need:

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 cups butter or full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract

Now it’s time to work it:

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate chips and butter over medium low heat. Stirring frequently to keep from burning.
  2. When melted, turn off heat and stir in peppermint extract.
  3. Let it cool completely and chill in the fridge until solid.
  4. Remove from fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. You will have to keep a close eye on this as you don’t want it too warm. Otherwise, you’ll risk turning it into gooey mess, also you don’t want it too firm that it just balls up inside the whisk.
  5. Scoop the mixture into a mixing bowl and beat on medium for about 2 minutes or until light in color and fluffy.

Using coconut milk:

Chill can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight. When ready, open can and pour off the water (save it for smoothie or toss out). Scoop only the solid white coconut cream into a medium pot. Add the chocolate chips and follow the instructions listed above.

Once you’ve finished with all of this, it’s time to put the cake together:

  1. Carefully move one of the cakes unto a serving plate of your choice.
  2. Top it thickly with Chocolate Peppermint Frosting and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy (don’t be shy with this!).
  3. Carefully put the second cake on top and top it off with the rest of the frosting.
  4. Sprinkle more crushed peppermint candy.

And now you have your beautiful cake.

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What do you think of these recipes?

Will you try them for Labor Day?

If you do, please take a pic and share it with me. I’m very curious how yours turned out.

And don’t forget to LIKE and SHARE.

To your health!

P.S. Thank you to https://www.delish.com/ and http://just-making-noise.com/ for inspiring me on this special occasion.

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