Labor Day Weekend – Delicious Ways to Celebrate
|August 31, 2013||Posted by Melissa under Cooking, Healthy Eating, Produce, Recipes|
It’s Labor Day weekend and for many, it’s a great time to celebrate a long weekend with family and friends. What better way to reconnect with loved ones than spending time together, sharing memories and eating great food? Whether you plan on watching college football, playing a game of flag football, or hanging out at the beach, having delicious snacks will make everyone happy.
This Grapefruit Spritzer is refreshing and family-friendly. Ginger ale provides the fizz and you can add your favorite white wine if you want.
• 1 1/2 cups grapefruit juice
• 1/4 cup natural sugar
• 1 2-inch stick cinnamon
• ice cubes
• ginger ale, chilled
• white wine, if desired
1. In a saucepan combine grapefruit juice, sugar and cinnamon. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
2. Discard cinnamon, cool and cover mixture. To serve, fill 4 (8-ounce) glasses with ice. Add about 1/3 cup grapefruit syrup to each glass. Fill glasses with ginger ale.
3. Stir gently. If desired, garnish with grapefruit peel curls, edible flowers and fresh mint sprigs. Add in your favorite white wine, if desired.
Chef’s Tip: Any juice can be used in this recipe; have fun experimenting with different ones.
Another favorite we posted several years ago is Game Day Chicken Nachos. Try using leftover grilled chicken and low-fat sour cream and cheese to lighten up this delicious treat!
• 2 cups Florida chicken, cooked and chopped
• 1 cup Florida tomatoes, chopped
• 1 cup Florida corn, roasted and removed from cob
• 1 cup red onion, chopped fine
• ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
• Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
• 1 tablespoon taco seasoning (Cajun seasoning will do)
• ½ cup low-fat sour cream
• 1 lime, juiced
• ½ cup white Mexican farmers cheese, crumbled (shredded jack cheese will work)
• 1 bag tortilla chips
In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, tomatoes, corn, onion, taco seasoning and cilantro. Mix well, taste and adjust flavor with salt and pepper. In a small mixing bowl, add sour cream and lime juice. Taste and adjust flavor with salt and pepper. On a large platter, add a layer of tortilla chips. Top the chips with the chicken salsa mix. Add the sour cream mixture to a sandwich bag, and cut a small corner off the bag. Using the bag of sour cream as a piping bag, put sour cream all over the salsa and tortilla chips. Garnish the top with crumbled cheese. Serve and enjoy.
To find more delicious recipes to serve at your Labor Day festivities, check out www.thefloridachef.com.