Healthy Labor Day BBQ recipe ideas

Hi friends! Happy Sunday!! I hope that those of you who are off work tomorrow are enjoying a relaxing weekend.

It’s been a pretty good one over here, and the Pilot and I have cranked through a legendary to-do list we crafted together. Baby’s room is almost done -I will definitely post pics when it is!- and we went through a huge purge, revamp, fall cleaning spree. I also convinced the Pilot to take out the Halloween decorations. If Starbucks has pumpkin spice lattes, the pumpkins, fall decor, and Dia de Los Meurtos skulls are coming out.

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Welcome baaaaack. 

Are you grilling or hanging out with friends tomorrow? We’re going to hit the gym in the morning and spend the rest of the day poolside with friends. I put together some of my favorite healthy BBQ and party recipe ideas if you’re looking for a little last-minute inspiration.

The best pasta salad you will ever have

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We made a batch of this to go with dinner last week, and it was just as good as I remembered. Its name exists for a reason. 🙂

My version of the Burger Lounge veggie burger

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These are hearty and savory twists on the usual burgers; plus, they’re packed with veggies. 

Pineapple veggie chicken skewers with spicy peanut butter sauce  

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A refreshing twist on the usual kebobs, and the sauce is AWESOME.

Orange and mint fruit salad


Classic fruit salad infused with fresh mint and bright orange. 

Gluten-free vegan banana pudding 

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Paleo molten chocolate almond butter cakes

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Garlic butter sweet potato fries

Kale salad with carrots, apples, raisins and a creamy curry dressing

Also, there are some CRAZY AMAZING sales going on this weekend! 

Here are some of the best I’ve seen:

Extra 20% off and free shipping at Williams-Sonoma (code: LABORDAY)

30% off sale at Anthropologie (code: EXTRA30)

30% off at Madewell (code: YESANDYES)

30% off J. Crew (orders over $125 with code: GETSHOPPING)

Bloomingdale’s 20% off sale and clearance (code: BIG20)

Up to 40% at Nordstrom for their end-of-summer clearance

 40% off at Banana Republic (code: BRFALL)

Hope you have a great night!



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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 7, 2015 at 7:35 am

    You read my mind! Today is a much needed rest day, but filled with a list of to do’s one of which is to some online shopping! Then off to True Foods Kitchen for an inside out quinoa burger. Happy Labor Day!

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      ahhh! that burger is one of my all-time faves. hope you enjoyed!!

  2. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on September 7, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Yum! This summer I added pineapple to some curry chicken kebobs…best decision ever!! Thanks for the recipe ideas and for the sales to look at 🙂 Studying for an ochem final, but I gotta get a few study breaks in 😉

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      oh that sounds amazing!! 🙂 good luck with your upcoming final! i’ve heard ochem is a beast

  3. Amanda on September 7, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I must try that molten cake! 😀

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      yes! let me know if you do 🙂

  4. Jill @ Champagne for Everyday on September 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Happy Labor Day! Wow, I can’t get over this burger. I’ve been struggling with good veggie burger recipes forever, and the texture of this looks incredible. I can’t wait to give it a shot!

    xx Jill

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    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      oh, let me know if you give it a try!

  5. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness on September 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    That Paleo molten chocolate almond butter cake?! OMG. I think I totally deserve a treat like that 😉

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      you dooooo

  6. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 7, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    That veggie burger looks fabulous!!

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      thank you! hope you enjoyed the long weekend 🙂

  7. Tabatha on September 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I completely agree with pulling out the Halloween décor – the skulls are too cool! Can’t wait to see pics of the baby’s room – and to try that molten chocolate almond butter cake!!!

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