It is often considered the unofficial end of summer – the Labor Day cookout. The weather is pleasantly warm, fruits and vegetables are still in season and often at their peak, and family and friends are off for the holiday
The original intent of Labor Day was to provide a holiday that would honor the social and economic achievements of American workers. Essentially, it was intended to be an annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.
While many still turn out to hear Labor Day speeches and attend parades, the purpose of the holiday has fallen away and instead is usually viewed as the last hurrah of summer. This is not necessarily a bad thing. In a nation of people who work more hours and take less vacation than other western nations, having one last summer party is greatly needed. Labor Day may not be a day in which people actively celebrate and honor workers, but it does give working people a much-needed break, a reason to take some time to simply be, which is equally important.
Labour Day is often celebrated with a cookout or outdoor meal of some type. Whilst some folks enjoy eating a traditional American hot dog at the end of summer, it is definitely not necessary to serve the logs of who-knows-how processed who-knows-what-part-of-the-animal. Instead, make or take some delicious Paleo friendly summer food! All you need are a few easy and tasty recipes and cooking techniques that will celebrate the theme of the day.
Whether you have scouted out a camping spot in the woods or will be spending your day off around the home, these recipes will make the long weekend better, more festive, more memorable, and therefore make it last, maybe, forever.
When it comes to grilling meats and serving mains, we’ve got you covered.
Whether you use gas grill charcoal, a few tips to keep in mind include:
- Always start with a clean grill. This will help keep food from sticking.
- Preheat the grill. Be sure to get it hot before you start cooking for a good sear.
- Use a meat thermometer to make sure your meat or poultry is done – not overdone – and it will come out juicy, tender, and perfect every time.
Some of our favorite mains to cook outdoors include:
Salads & Sides
Creative salads and sides that satisfy all tastes and meet your Paleo diet standards can sometimes feel a little more challenging but they need not be.
Salads are often an after-thought at a traditional BBQ, but serving something fun and filling can be a crowd pleaser. Check out our salad guide which provides a foundation to mix, match and create your own, unique signature dish
More salad and side inspiration:
Sides and salads are always better with bacon. Order yours here >>>>>>>>>.
Whether you’re spending your Labor Day at home or away or visiting friends and/or family, everyone always seems to have a little room left for the flavors of homemade desserts. Although the standard Labor Day menu can make it a challenging to stay true to Paleo principles, there is no need to sacrifice the taste of something sweet after your feast.
For anyone who’s still got room, or who has a bit of a sweet tooth, grilled fresh fruit will offer a surprisingly satisfying finish to the meal. Scrape off a section of the grill (unless you want your fruit to taste like steak) and place halves of your favorite fruit (we like stone fruit, figs or pineapple slices) over the flame until softened. Remove from the grill and place on a plate tented in foil and serve after 10 – 15 minutes. Serve with some Paleo ice cream (there is a great recipe below), some coconut milk ‘whipped cream’ or scatter fresh basil or mint on top for a flavor profile with a bit more depth.
These recipes and suggestions will help you get ready for this last official big summer bash whether for entertaining and impressing your own guests or your host and theirs! Enjoy and happy cooking.