A Healthy Labor Day Menu

Hey everyone! Most of you have started the holiday early, whether you’re off early from work, on the road to skip town, or in route for a holiday weekend to celebrate Labor Day. Today I’m sharing with you all a quick Healthy Labor Day Menu that’s sure to please everyone. Most of these recipes can be made the day of, with the exception of the Watermelon Lime Granita, which is best made the day before so you can enjoy your actual holiday! Let’s get to it.

A Healthy Labor Day Menu

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Beachy Papaya Boats with Papaya Seed Drizzle

We’re getting all beachy today on Nutrition Stripped. Just picture yourself on sandy beaches, ocean sea water at your toes, and a Beachy Papaya Boats with Papaya Seed Drizzle in hand. I’m obviously trying to hold on to summer as long as I can, even though here in Nashville I don’t need to try that hard it’s been SO hot here lately! Nonetheless, even if you’re in the middle of fall or winter for all my international readers, you can still enjoy this recipe to bring a little of the tropics and beachyness to your side of the globe with this recipe.

Beachy Papaya Boats with Papaya Seed Drizzle | Papaya Seed Drizzle

Beachy Papaya Boats with Papaya Seed Drizzle has been a recipe I’ve been making for a couple summers now, since I started enjoying papaya, and have come up with several variations using these unique tropical fruits. The center of the papaya is hollowed out so we can squeeze more goodies inside such as, fresh avocado, hemp seeds, juicy figs, crunchy cashews, and a dollop with Sweet Cream. They’re truly a dessert for breakfast kind of thing… or breakfast for dessert- however you look at it, it’s delicious!

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Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad with Corn Vinaigrette

This title is a long one, but I have a lot to say about it. Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad with Corn Vinaigrette has so many flavor and texture components that make this a classic summer salad, it’s fresh, raw, and uses three main ingredients that are the epitome of summer product. Fresh watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, and a delicious dressing that contains less than 5 ingredients, makes up this recipe. It’s a great recipe to showcase summer in a sweet and savory way.

Heirloom Tomato Watermelon Salad with Corn Vinaigrette

The balance of flavors in this simple salad is amazing, you have a tart component from the fresh lime juice in the dressing with the sweet and starchy mouthfeel from the corn, juicy and sweet watermelon, and rich tomatoes. Garnishing this salad with creamy avocado and fresh parsley makes it that much better. If you have any late summer parties, BBQ’s, or last trips to the farmers market, be sure to share this one with friends and family- I promise it won’t disappoint. It’s visually beautiful, but can make a large serving very affordably because of the amount of watermelon used.

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Deconstructed Vegetable Sushi Bowl

Sushi’s so hot right now. In reality, sushi has always been a food trend because what’s better than sitting around with good company, eating fresh food with your hands, and drinking sake (…or hot green tea)? Not much in my book. I’ll jump on any chance to hang around the table with good friends and enjoy a meal. If you’ve been catching up with me on Instagram, you know exactly what I mean. We just launched our first Nutrition Stripped Supper Club and it was a hit, we had an amazing 5 course meal, great atmosphere, and lovely guests. I’ll be updating you with more details for the upcoming events!

Desconstructed Sushi Bowl

Instead of dining out all the time to enjoy this sushi experience, I love recreating this at home… and why not give it another twist and make it deconstructed and vegan friendly. The Deconstructed Vegetable Sushi Bowl may just become one of your favorite new dishes. To all my sushi lovers out there who swear they can’t make it on their own or get frustrated with the seaweed rolling process, you’re going to love this recipe. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can make this! It involves all the ingredients, flavors, and aspects of sushi only made in one pot and takes half the time to make, no rolling required. Fresh whole food ingredients like julienned carrots, bell peppers, cucumber, edamame, sliced avocado, torn nori sheets, on a bed of fluffy rice and then tossed with a sesame ginger dressing. Um yeah, I went there.

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Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grrr tigernuts. Nope, I’m totally not trying to make up a new corky name for a nut or a seed, tigernuts are in their own category. Before I even touch on what tigernuts are and why you should know about them, I’m jumping for joy to share with you all a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Why? Because I just realized I’ve never shared a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe before, how did this go unnoticed you guys? Come on you’re supposed to keep me on track here. Undoubtedly, these aren’t a traditional chocolate chip cookie in the sense of texture and nutrition profile. They’re high in fiber, contain healthy fats and made with these unique tigernuts, which also give these cookies a delicious, sweet, and nutty flavor unlike any nut/seed I’ve had.

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookie You can bet these aren’t going to be your traditional chocolate chip cookies, so let’s get over that for a minute, these cookies are going to be completely in line with the Nutrition Stripped Lifestyle- gluten free, dairy free, free from processed ingredients, oh and awesome. Just sayin’. These are crumbly cookies, not dense at all, but crumbles perfectly in your mouth. Another reason why I’m thrilled to share this recipe with you all today is, selfishly, all the recipe testing I did to come to the final product. I love recipe testing and so do all my friends, I’m a lucky gal to have such willing testers ;) An added bonus to all this recipe testing, I’ve come up with about 3 recipes for the Nutrition Stripped cookbook! Ahh I can’t wait to share with you all the ideas I have for the cookbook. Till then, this should suffice.

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