Labor Day is a holiday to acknowledge the American Labor Movement and is dedicated to those of us working the grind everyday. You may or may not know that in addition to my devotion to this blog I work a full time job during the day. It’s your typical 9 to 5 sit-at-your-desk-all-day type of gig. My job is really great, but I am planning to take full advantage of this holiday. I’ll be clinging on to summer for dear life.
So you’ve been invited to a Labor Day picnic. Or maybe you’re hosting a get-together this holiday weekend. You need to please your guests but you also want to be able to eat the food. Sure everyone loves a good American hot dog at the end of summer, but let’s not serve the logs of processed who-knows-what-part-of-the-animal. Instead, make the menu clean with paleo summer food!
Here is a list of some of my favorite recipes for picnics and cookouts – perfect for capping off a wonderful summer! Enjoy.
DRUM ROLL PLEASE……
Sparkling Watermelon Cooler by Holistically Engineered
Cool off with a just-sweet-enough drink featuring summer’s best fruit!
Strawberry Mint Limeade Spritzer by Slim Palate
Guests will love this refreshingly cold limeade with a cool mint finish.
Smoky Hot BBQ Sauce by The Healthy Foodie
Serve on the side or use for all your meats. This has got some zip to it!
Beef Kabobs by Rubies and Radishes
The perfect grab-and-go picnic food. Don’t forget to use the grill before it’s too late this summer!
Chick-fil-A Nuggets by The Domestic Man
The kids won’t even know it’s not bad for them. Everyone will be asking you how it’s grain free, gluten free, and garbage free.
Tuna Salad Endive Boats by Autoimmune Paleo
A lighter seafood option is a must! And autoimmune protocol compliant for those who are taking their health to a whole new level!
Bacon Deviled Eggs by Civilized Caveman
A classic made paleo. What’s a picnic without deviled eggs?
Cilantro Lime Chicken & Cauli-rice by Mangia Paleo
You’ll need something substantial for your beer-drinking friends. This is perfect to wash down with recipe #2.
Grilled Peach Burgers by Grass Fed Kitchen
You almost thought I forgot to include a burger, huh? And what’s says summertime more than grilled peaches?
Steamed Clams with Bacon by Mangia Paleo
Those of you by the sea (I see you, New Englanders) have got to enjoy a clam-bake item! And… bacon? C’mon!!
Pink Grapefruit and Avocado Salad by Phoenix Helix
So simple and refreshing. This is what you should bring if you’re asked to bring a side dish for a ton of people.
Piña Colada Shrimp by Mangia Paleo
Do you like getting caught in the rain?
Spinach Pesto Spaghetti Squash by Mangia Paleo
Don’t forget those hungry Italians! This is a garlicky vegetarian option, too!
Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad by PaleOMG
Potatoes are such a grey area on the paleo diet, but PaleOMG has a sweet potato recipe that is 100% paleo and 100% perfect.
Peach Ginger Ice Cream by Phoenix Helix
Last but DEFINITELY not least is a sweet treat to cap off the day. The sun is just falling below the clouds and you want to treat yourself to a nice cold autoimmune protocol friendly bowl…I mean…scoop of ice cream. Indulge!
Mangia these delicious recipes and enjoy your Labor Day!
- Paleo Vanilla Bean Banana Ice Cream
- Bird’s Nest Breakfast