Five Labor-less Labor Day Weekend Meals

August 29th, 2013

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Five Labor-less Labor Day Weekend Meals Pacific Foods

We all knew summer had to come to and end. Don’t fret. Sit back, enjoy and take the labor out of your Labor Day Weekend with these 5 easy make-ahead dishes. These are great recipes to keep in mind for those busy school days that are just right around the corner. Now, go forth and celebrate summer’s last official weekend.


Butternut Squash Enchiladas – This one is an office favorite. Make them ahead of time to warm up and serve the next day. It’s easy to double or triple this recipe for parties or for the whole soccer team.  For special diets, substitute with beans, tofu or another meat substitute to make it vegetarian. Or, swap the cheese and sour cream for vegan diets.


Braised Chicken with Scarlet Runner Beans ­– Here’s a slow cooker recipe that frees you up for party festivities with just a little prep work in the morning.  It’s a perfect recipe to get you into the fall cooking season!


Classic Beer Cheese Soup – Beer cheese soup is perfect for Labor Day Weekend fun. Make this one ahead, warm and serve it out of a crock pot when you’re ready to eat! Substitute vegetable broth for a vegetarian option.


Strawberry Banana Muffins – These muffins celebrate the last fresh fruits of summer and are easy to bring to a potluck or serve for breakfast before festivities ensue. Did we mention they’re completely delicious? These muffins are vegan, but the skeptics wouldn’t be able to tell. They’re just too yummy!


Pulled Pork Recipe – This one comes from one of the gals in our office, Codi. She swears by the recipe and insists it’s just not the same without Pacific’s Chicken Broth. And, if you’ve got leftovers, it’s easy to repurpose them. Use the extra pulled pork to top salads, nachos or tacos.

Pulled Pork Recipe:

  • 3-4 lb Pork Shoulder
  • Pacific Organic Free Range Chicken Broth
  • Spices – whatever you like (salt, pepper, steak seasoning, hot sauce)
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Hamburger buns

Preparation Instructions:

  1. In a slow cooker, put Pork Shoulder in cold cooker, fill approximately half way with chicken broth.  Season pork with the different seasonings.  Put slow cooker on low and let cook for 6-7 hours.  If you are shorter on time, you can put it on a higher cooking temperature - but know that it may not be as tender.
  2. Once you feel that it is done (which may not take as long as the 6-7 hours), drain liquid from slow cooker and shred the meat apart.  Add BBQ Sauce and Hot Sauce (enough for your liking).  Add as much sauce as you want to get the flavor and moist consistency that you like.  I prefer more BBQ sauce as it can soak it up and Hot Sauce will give it a little heat. 
  3. Keep in slow cooker on warm for 30-60 minutes to warm back up and let the flavors soak in.
  4. Enjoy on bun, you can also add coleslaw to the top if you like.


Any Labor Day must-haves to add to the list? We’d love to hear ‘em. Submit your favorite recipes here.

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