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Labor Day is just around the corner. A gathering of friends and family is in order to celebrate the last weekend before the leaves begin to turn and school begins. To help avoid the day-of scramble to find an easy dish to bring to your Labor Day barbecue, we’ve found some great dishes that are easy to make and even better, travel well! Here are some great ideas of recipes to try out this weekend and avoid the stress of last minute cooking!
Sides and Salad
Throwing together an easy veggie side or salad is a great way to minimize cooking time and maximize party time. Check out these easy and delicious sides that are sure to be crowd pleasers!
Sesame Green Beans
Amp up your green beans with this Asian twist. For an under 10 minute recipe, this side is sure to get everyone to eat their greens!
Potatoes Au Gratin with Bacon and Leeks
Pop this dish into the oven and let the ingredients to do the work. Bring this bacon-ful dish to your Labor Day BBQ and be the hit of the party! Who doesn’t want a dish with bacon and cheese?
Crockpot Baked Beans
Is it even a barbecue without baked beans? Check out this recipe from Veggie Balance for a healthier version of the beloved dish. Toss everything in your crockpot the morning of your party and forget about it! For easy transport, just travel with your crockpot insert and voila- an easy and delicious side!
Best Easy Italian Pasta Salad
Pinch of Yum knows whats up for a good old fashioned barbecue. Having a pasta salad is a must. This dish is quick to make and packed with flavor from mozzarella, sausage, and feta. Yum!
Tomato, Melon, and Cornbread Panzanella Salad
Everyone needs to get in their greens, so pack it in with this delicious take on a panzanella salad! Filled with fresh summer flavors from tomatoes and melon, this salad finished off with crispy bacon and cornbread sure gives a great send-off to summer.
Every gathering should end on a sweet note. While the barbecue might have you full, there’s still room for dessert, right? Here are some sweet treats to bake up in preparation for your Labor Day gathering.
Mini M&M Peanut Butter Cookies
A classic take on a cookie, but mini-fied. Everyone loves a good M&M cookie and these are great to bake and help a bit with portion control. These cookies also freeze well, so bake ahead and defrost before your party!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
The name pretty much says it all. Marrying chocolate and peanut butter with cheesecake is a sure way to please most. Rich and delicious, this cheesecake is the ultimate sweet bite.
Brown Butter Blondies
Want to bake cookie, but just not in the mood for the effort? Blondies solve all your problems! These blondies have an extra layer of added flavor from browned butter, which gives a caramel-like bite. Bake these babies up!
Simple Peach Summer Cake
Pie can be a large baking effort and sometimes it just too hot out for that dough! Enjoy summer’s delicious peaches with this easy summer peach cake.