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While there is nothing more satisfying than successfully preparing an elaborate meal for family and friends, for Labor Day we suggest a slightly less, well, laborious approach.

Labor Day signals the shift from lazy summer afternoons and abbreviated office hours to the busyness and excitement of fall, but it also reminds us to do something we often forget to do—simply sit back and relax.

So, do gather friends for a meal—if you’re lucky you can even dine outside—but don’t spend hours in the kitchen. We’ve created a menu that will allow you to focus on the company rather than the cooking.

Gather near the grill and let the smell of charred shrimp and rosemary intoxicate you. Nibble on crackers smeared with decadent artichoke dip. And, most importantly, enjoy.

“No-Labor” Labor Day Feast:

Artichoke Dip
Skewered Shrimp
Iceberg Wedge with Creamy Dressing
Pacific Rim Flank Steak
Johnny Schmitt’s Potato Gratin
Blueberry Crisp

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