Quick and Easy Dinners: Laborless on Labor Day

Entertaining,Featured Article,Holidays,Labor Day,Summer
August 26, 2013

As summer winds to a close, take it easy with this collection of quick and easy cookout recipes.

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Celebrating the end of summer may seem difficult, but cooking for your last grillside hoorah of the season doesn’t need to be. In proof, we’ve gathered some of our favorite no-fuss, mix-and-match recipes for the holiday weekend with easy, breezy Labor Day prep and dining in mind—a collection of labor-light Labor Day recipes, if you will.

EASY-PREP PROTEINS
Charcoal Grilled Shrimp
In the interest of kicking back this holiday weekend, give yourself permission to splurge for pre-prepared meat and seafood at your local market. You can order ahead of time, or browse and see what’s available on the spot. From there, these recipes feature simple, delicious marinades and require only a quick trip to the grill.

Charcoal Grilled Shrimp
Nora’s Grilled Chicken
Korean Grilled Beef
Grilled Pork Chops

SIMPLE SIDES
Bean and Pasta Salad
Each of these recipes is primed for shortcuts, with minimal prep and cook time involved. Some can even sit pretty and sizzle on the other side of the grill while your proteins cook.

Simple Bean and Pasta Salad
Middle Eastern Black Bean Salad
Cucumber and Blueberry Salad with Feta
Grilled Summer Vegetables

NO-FUSS DESSERTS
Mini Lemon Tart
An arsenal of easy desserts is your best friend when it comes to entertaining a crowd. Each of these are light, fruity and perfectly suited to an end-of-summer celebration.

No Bake Mini Lemon Tarts
Fruity Granita
Quick Peach Crisp
Frozen Blackberry Yogurt

THREE-INGREDIENT LIBATIONS
Whole Lemonade
Your guests will thank you for the extra refreshment, but there’s no need to let on how easy these sweet sips actually are.  Each of these special-occasion summertime coolers call for only three ingredients—two recipes for the 21+ crowd and one the whole family can enjoy.

Best Fresh Lemonade
Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail
Americano Cocktail

For more holiday weekend inspiration, see additional Labor Day recipe collections below.

Southern Catfish Menu

Labor Day: Southern-Style Menu

A Southern-style menu for the grill puts a tasty spin on your Labor Day menu.

Grilled Chicken with Red Pepper Sauce

Labor Day: A Stellar Menu

We're taking the meaning of Labor Day to heart with a menu so easy it practically cooks itself.

Southern Catfish Menu

Labor Day: Southern-Style Menu

A Southern-style menu for the grill puts a tasty spin on your Labor Day menu.

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