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September 1, 2016
4 Simple, Stress-Free Recipes for Labor Day

4 Simple, Stress-Free Recipes for Labor Day

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

Labor Day weekend may mark the unofficial end of summer, but there’s still plenty of the season left to celebrate!  If you’re planning a get-together this weekend or just want to make something different, we’ve got you covered.

There’s no reason to labor in the kitchen this weekend.  Here are some must-have recipes to help you enjoy the remaining lazy days of summer.  

Make Dessert First 

Prepare these super simple S’mores Parfaits ahead of time, and wow your guests with the flavors of their favorite campfire dessert, minus the fire! Or, make it really easy on yourself and serve everyone a Hood S’mores Ice Cream Sandwich. Just unwrap and enjoy! 

Now that dessert is out of the way, it’s time to think about the rest of the meal.  

Assemble a Super Simple Appetizer

What could be easier, or more delicious, than this four-ingredient Sundried Tomato Dip? It takes five minutes to put together, but it needs to chill (don’t we all?) for a couple of hours for peak flavor. Serve with chips or fresh vegetables. 

Get Grilling

Grilling screams summer! I like to preserve the feel of season for as long as possible, so I’ll keep grilling (more like my husband will!) until the first snowflake falls.  

We are definitely making these Sour Cream Rosemary Chicken Kebabs this weekend.  Marinating meat in sour cream, even just for the 10 minutes this recipe suggests, helps to tenderize and flavor the meat.  Serve as a main dish or a hearty appetizer.  

Prepare a Primo Pasta Salad

Fresh basil is everywhere right now. Take advantage of its abundance in this Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad, which is perfect as a side or main dish.  

 


Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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