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5 lighter Labor Day favorites

By Jessie Price, September 1, 2009 - 11:15am

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What happened to my summer?? It was seriously cold and rainy (six states had their coldest July on record) and now Labor Day is just around the corner!!

Since the weather is finally warm and sunny, I want to savor every last minute of the season. My mantra for the upcoming holiday weekend is to have as much fun as possible! Here are my top picks for Labor Day recipes—I chose four foods that keep time in the kitchen to a minimum so I have more time for fun:

Appetizers – Deviled eggs are a great standby for any party—they’re always a crowd pleaser. I usually have all the ingredients on hand so I don’t even have to go to the store. Here’s a great lighter version with less fat and calories than traditional deviled eggs. Enjoy!

Get the recipe: EatingWell Deviled Eggs

Wraps – Wraps are super-easy, no-cook main courses that are portable. I like to take them out on my boat for dinner while watching the sunset. My two favorites that we’ve done recently in the EatingWell Test Kitchen are the Dolmas Wrap and the Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap, which has chopped chipotle chiles in it to give it a little heat and smokiness.

Sandwiches – Another easy solution for the end of summer is to have sandwiches for dinner. I pack plenty of fresh summer veggies in my sandwiches. A Grilled Eggplant & Portobello Sandwich fits the bill perfectly.

Burgers – I can’t make it through a Labor Day weekend without at least one burger. I’ve been really into bison (aka buffalo) since we did an article on it last spring, and it’s leaner than beef. Plus Nicci, EatingWell’s nutrition editor, just went to Pittsburgh to interview some of the Steelers for an article and found out they really like bison too. So my recommendation for this Labor Day is, you guessed it, bison burgers. These Greek Bison Burgers are amazing! They’re spiced with dill, oregano, cumin and garlic. Plus they’ve got a creamy spread and feta cheese too.

TAGS: Jessie Price, Food Blog

Jessie Price
Jessie Price is the editor-in-chief of EatingWell magazine. Besides her work on 11 other EatingWell books, she is the author of the James Beard Award-winning The Simple Art of EatingWell and EatingWell One-Pot Meals. She lives in Charlotte, Vermont where she stays busy growing her own vegetables in the summer and tracking down great Vermont food products when she’s not working.

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