Seven Recipes for Your End-of-Summer Barbecue Posted August 24, 2018 With Labor Day in a week and schools starting back up again, summer is officially beginning to wind down. But before getting nostalgic about the season ending, take advantage of these last few weeks of summer. We’ve spoken about the importance of community and the importance of sharing meals with others, so this weekend, take the time to prepare and enjoy a barbecue with family and friends. You can all participate in the preparation, cooking, and cleaning up, extending your time together. Need some recipes? We’ve got you covered. Squash Blossom Bruschetta – Want to impress your guests? Buy some squash blossoms from the farmer’s market and make this dish for an appetizer. These edible, dainty flowers are not only attractive to the eye but are full of great flavor. Stone Fruit Caprese Salad – Change things up by swapping the tomatoes in your caprese salad with stone fruit. Peaches or plums add a sweet twist on the traditional caprese and have a similar texture and color to tomatoes. Spiralized Herbed Beet Salad – Elevate your salad game by spiralizing your vegetables. This spiralized beet salad will be your go-to dish for a barbecue. Substitute the beets for carrots, sweet potatoes, or zucchini and top the dish with tofu or tempeh to add some plant-based protein. Wild & Whole Grain Vegetable-Rice Pancakes – These delicious pancakes work well as an appetizer or side dish. Plus, they are cost-effective to make as you can use any vegetable in your refrigerator to flavor these versatile pancakes. Farfalle with Arugula-Walnut Pesto — This arugula-walnut pesto pasta comes together quickly, making it the perfect staple for your outdoor gatherings. Edamame & Black Quinoa Sliders – This recipe is a lighter, vegan take on the classic slider. The broccoli sprouts and onion jam give extra texture and flavor, as well as the perfect seasonal twist. Double-Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Bites – You can’t have a gathering with family and friends without dessert. These brownies are a healthier alternative with boosts of fiber and protein from black beans and rolled oats and do not include refined sugars or flours.