Healthy Recipes From Pavemint’s Labor Day Party

Ah, Labor Day. Whether it makes you think of summer heat waves, your last chance to wear white for the year or pools and BBQ’s, no one can deny the allure of another three-day weekend. But do you know why Labor Day was created? It was designed by the labor union in the 19th century to honor and recognize the contributions of all the hard-working men and women in the US work force. Considering Americans worked 12 hours days, seven days a week during the 1800’s, the acknowledgment was absolutely necessary. Luckily for most, this is no longer the case. However, thankfully, the celebration lives on! And what better way to celebrate work than with a rooftop office Labor Day party? To make you feel more like you were a part of the celebration, here are a few healthy recipes from a Pavement Labor Day party!

Nothing says “partaaaaayy” like cake! Even if you’re not celebrating a birthday, blueberry cheesecake is always a good idea! Try making these fun and easy blueberry cheesecake parfaits and you’ll be sure to put smiles on all your guest’s faces!

BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE PARFAITS

What you’ll need:

Graham Cracker Base:
1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup butter (melted)

Cheesecake Filling:
16 oz cream cheese
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 Tbs vanilla

Whipped Topping:
1 Cup heavy whipping cream
1 Tbs vanilla
1 Tbs granulated sugar

Fruit Topping:
Fresh Blueberries

Directions:

Mix each layer of parfait filling separately, then scoop approx 1/4 cup of filling into small parfait cups. Layer until you reach the top. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy after an hour!

 

Wanna bring something more on the savory side to the table? Good, try making these chicken skewers. They are great for the type of guest that won’t be satisfied by small bites alone.

CAPRESE SALAD SKEWERS

What you’ll need:
Mozzarella balls soaked in olive oil and seasoned with a pinch oregano, salt, and pepper. Soaked for 2-4 hours (You can buy pre-soaked at Trader Joe’s)
Organic cherry tomatoes
Basil leaves
Skewers
Balsamic glaze and honey (Mixed together)
Directions:
On each skewer, place one mozzarella ball, one tomato, and one basil leaf.
Drizzle with balsamic glaze and honey, and serve!

 

For our Labor Day office party, these were a HUGE hit. Just remember, if you chose to add these to your party menu or want to bring them to a pot luck, be sure to make plenty. They’re definitely a party favorite and may move even faster than dessert!

 

FINGER FOOD

For all of the non-chefs out there, we have something for you too. While tortilla chips, guacamole, and salsa never get old, take it a step further by adding garbanzo beans as a dip! Just add a little lemon and cilantro, and watch as you turn from take-out food royalty into a real chef!Another quick idea for finger food is hummus and sliced cucumber. Substituting pita chips with cucumber is a great way to cut down on party carbs. Cucumber also hydrates the body, whereas pita chips high-sodium content is dehydrating. Want more vegetable options for your guests? Try sliced carrots and celery as dipping sticks!

 

Labor Day has passed, but there are plenty of holidays approaching that are bound to include hungry guests. Whether you want to be the talk of the office around the water cooler or just in your own home, making one of the above will get everyone’s taste buds dancing. And don’t forget, even if you’re not in charge of the food prep, you can still earn some major brownie points for suggesting a healthy recipe!

And if you ever find yourself in need of a parking space at any holiday party, Pavemint’s got you covered!

 

Photos By: Teri B.
Healthy Recipes By Danielle Caley Anderson.

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