I know everybody says this, but Labor Day truly snuck up on me this year.  In my mind, Labor Day was next Monday and I had a whole week to prepare for a Labor Day post.  Then Spabettie’s post popped up in my inbox on Wednesday, and I was like “Well, that’s kind of jumping the gun.”  Then I realized that Kristina is totally on top of it and I am delusional because Labor Day is actually this weekend.  Surprise, surprise, I know, but I was completely taken aback by this revelation.

Because my brain is moving like a high-speed train in a million different directions lately, I decided that I was not going to try to come up with something on the fly and only provide you with one suggestion for this holiday.  Instead, I am going to provide you with a plethora of kind menu ideas to get your Labor Day party hopping (did I just say “hopping?” Gross.).

If you’re the one hosting or if you’re just in charge of bringing the main course, here are a few that will be sure to satisfy your guest’s hunger while amazing them with your kitchen prowess at the same time:

Lentil Mushroom Cheeseburger with Sun-Dried Tomato Cashew Cheez

Cilantro Avocado Chickpea Salad Tacos

BBQ Tofu Cutlets

Savory Sage & Flower Burgers

Roasted Portobello Soft Tacos

Are you in charge of bringing the salad?  Liven things up with one of these salads:

Roasted Beet & Sweet Potato Salad with Saffron Citronette

Spaghetti Squash & Farro Salad

Pesto Potato Chickpea Salad

Perhaps you’re looking for some awesome snacks or side dishes for your guests to nibble on while laughing and reminiscing on that one time that someone’s husband got himself arrested by the Disney Police at Disneyland (true story):

Carrot Cashew Pâté Cucumber Canapé

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Sun-Dried Tomato Sriracha Hummus

Baked Potato Chips

And then there’s dessert.  You need something that says “I kinda like working, but I love having Monday off!”

Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stone Fruit Cobbler Bars

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Sugar-Free Cream Cheese Frosting

Whatever you end up eating and however you end up celebrating, I hope you have a fantastic Labor Day weekend.  Keep it real, yo! (is this 1991?  Jeez.  I apologize.)

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