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Labor Day

Next week is Labor Day. I love summer but it’s about over and time to celebrate. Holidays are certainly a good time to splurge a bit and maybe eat too much. Not a big deal -- that's one of the most important parts of eating healthy. It's really important to give yourself permission to cut loose now and then.

That said, you can still eat food that's great for you even if you're eating a bit too much. I’ve put together some ideas for you.

The Chicken and Rice Salad is perfect to take to a pot luck. It’s easy to make ahead and people love it. If it’s your barbecue the Southwest Venison Burgers are great. You can easily substitute extra lean ground beef for the venison and the burgers are fantastic. Pair that with today’s Potato Salad recipe sent in by Barbara Gendelman and you’re good to go.

Another great choice for the grill is the Polynesian Chicken. You can use the marinade with shrimp for some variety and either one of these paired with lemon rice makes a great end to the summer.

For dessert, check out these reviews of frozen yogurts (especially last week’s comments on the Stonyfield Farms Mint Chocolate Chip). Another great choice is making the super easy Strawberry Shortcake.

Here are some other ideas for your Labor Day:

Grilled Sage Lamb Kabobs or
Barbecue Chicken with Roasted Corn on the Cob
Cornbread Muffins
Cole Slaw
Potato Vinaigrette Salad

Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS
Dr. Gourmet
August 27, 2007