September's here and everyone's planning for Labor Day outings. These typically include picnic classics like corn salsa, potato salad, cheeseburger, honey-mustard chicken wings, and many other non-keto options.
And while you could simply stick to steak and sausages, there's really no fun in that. Besides, you want your keto meals to be well-balanced and nutritious as well. So instead, you should consider keto-friendly Labor Day recipes, including main course, drinks, and condiments. Here are 10 great options for you to try, many of which can be made ahead.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, and this will probably be your last barbeque of the year. That's reason enough to make it special with delicious meals that you can even share with your non-keto friends and family. The 10 meal options below include main meals, low-carb drinks, sugar-free sauces and dressings, and desserts. Most have less than 3 grams of net carbs per serving and include seasonal foods.
Skip the potato chips and go for homemade cheese crackers. These are made with a handful of simple ingredients and take less than half an hour to prepare. They hold well in the fridge too! Bear in mind that this recipe yields 8 servings, so if you're planning to share this with a larger crowd, double or triple the ingredients.
This simple gratin is a great substitute for potato salad or mac and cheese. The main ingredient is antioxidant-rich cauliflower. Ham and cheddar cheese always make a great pair, and the added cream cheese adds an extra dose of creaminess. Although this one is best served warm, it can also be a good cold side dish.
End this summer season with a seafood dish. These salmon patties are perfect as a picnic meal, and they can even be grilled if that's what you prefer. Serve these with an avocado and sour cream sauce as suggested in the recipe or Greek yogurt sauce of your liking.
These brownies are protein-rich and have 4g of net carbs per serving. They're made with peanut-butter-flavored keto bars as well as additional peanut butter to give them loads of flavor. The texture is what most people look for in brownies: chewy and fudgy.
This one tastes almost exactly like Kansas City-Style BBQ sauce: sweet and tangy but with fewer carbs (only 2.4g net carbs in a teaspoon). It's made by combining tomato sauce with Worcestershire sauce, and it's flavored with liquid smoke flavor to make it resemble the original as close as possible. You can make it weeks ahead of time and freeze it.
For fans of cheese, this cheese sauce is hard to resist. It's melty, cheesy, and goes well with a wide range of Labor Day meals: roasted broccoli, steamed cauliflower, chicken wings, and low-carb tortilla chips. Make sure to bring a pot or pan to reheat it if necessary, before serving. Also, feel free to add herbs and spices for extra flavor.
The soft and chewy texture of this snack/side dish makes it almost bread-like. But it's really just baked cheese made with egg, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. It's still great served alongside BBQ meat or dipped in Greek yogurt sauce. However, it's tasty enough on its own as a snack.
Refresh and reboot this Labor Day with an antioxidant and electrolytes-rich beverage. Lemon, cucumbers, and apple cider vinegar are combined in this powerful drink and sweetened with stevia. Add a couple of ice cubes if you want to cool down in case the weather gets hot where you live.
Of course, no Labor Day celebration is complete without a cocktail to make it truly festive. We suggest this tiki-bar-inspired cocktail since it perfectly fits the occasion. It's made with a combination of white and dark rum and is flavored with tropical fruit extracts to save you the carbs.
Cake batter flavor always invokes festive feelings. And since it's still technically summer, enjoy everyone's favorite flavor in ice cream form! This one is made with coconut milk and heavy cream, and it's enriched with birthday cake protein powder to improve its texture and nutrition profile.
Unwind this Labor Day with keto-friendly meals and drinks. No matter if you're planning an outing with friends or just taking the day off from work, you can enjoy the beginning of September with these delicious keto meals.