Your fun, festive, healthy vegan Labor Day Feast made easy! My menu inspiration...
Meatless, Relaxing, Labor Day Monday! Why not start a new tradition this year: make your Labor Day Feast Meatless, Healthy, Happy and maybe, if you really really try, just a little bit relaxing! You deserve it...
Inspiration is here! Check out my end-of-summer High-Brow (more time in the kitchen, gourmet-inspired) and Low-Brow (fast and easy) Vegan Labor Day Feast Menus...
Labor Day is a fuzzy holiday to me. The whole point of it is to celebrate workers on an end-of-summer day filled with relaxation, smiles, pats on the back, pre-back-to-school preparations and festive food - think picnics and outdoor barbecue.
But lets face it, many people work on Labor Day, most people simply suck at the 'relaxation' thing and most schools started classes last week! But there is one thing that can make your Labor Day a traditional celebration: the food!...
These menus pull recipes from some of my faves that I created this past summer and a few that have been classic faves for a while now.
Menu 1: Low Brow Vegan Labor Day Menu.
*For the super busy, not much time to cook Chef who still wants a healthy, fun feast.
Appetizer/Side Dish Option One: Simple Sliced Seedless Watermelon (no recipe required!)
Appetizer/Side Dish Option Two: Vegan Spinach Dip (Easy/Fast Version) ..also great for a sandwich
Appetizer/Side Dish Option Three: Easy Spiced Fluffy Quinoa
Appetizer/Side Dish Option Four: Sliced Heirloom Tomato Salad
Side Sauce/Dip: Chopped Veggies with Vegan Ranch Dressing
Entree/Salad Option One: Yellow Tomato Bean Salad or easier Two-Bean Salad
Entree/Salad Option Two: Vegan Hot/Soy Dogs
Entree/Salad Option Three: Vegan Mac n Cheese
Entree/Salad Option Four: BBQ Tofu or Tempeh (with store-bought bbq sauce or my recipe)
Dessert Option One: Key Lime Pie
Dessert Option Two: Store-Bought vegan ice cream with homemade Fresh Raspberry Sauce
Beverages: Chilled Coconut Water or Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie or Spicy Carrot Mimosa
Menu 2: High Brow Vegan Labor Day Menu.
*For the Martha-Stewart-Wannabe Chef who wants to impress this Labor Day and challenge their vegan cooking skills.
Appetizer/Side Dish Option One: Seedy Tahini Cole Slaw
Appetizer/Side Dish Option Two: Corn Cake or Mushroom Fiesta Bean Balls
Appetizer/Side Dish Option Three: Vegan Spinach Dip (Baked Version) (dip or sandwich spread)
Appetizer/Side Dish Option Four: Cashew Nut Cheese
Salad: Grilled Portobello Lemon Salad or Sweet Chili Marinated Cucumber Salad
Entree Option One: Cashew Cheese-Stuffed Squash Blossoms on a bed of Saffron Rice
Entree Option Two: Raw Tu-Nut Sandwiches or Pitas
Dessert Option One: Watermelon Custard
Dessert Option Two: Peaches and Banana Cream Pie
Dessert Option Three: Homemade Smores Ice Cream Sandwiches
Dessert Option Four: Chocolate Cherry Parfait or Pie
Beverages: Ginger Green Tonic or Fizzy White Sangria
...and if you're really in the mood to relax, seek out a to-go picnic and spend a day in the park!
Happy *Vegan* Labor Day!
Posted by Kathy on 9/06/2010