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Labor Day Party Recipes

Welcome autumn with these end-of-summer harvest treats

Pineapple Shrimp Skewers With Honey Marinade by Debbie Gore

When looking for appetizers or main dishes that are low in fat but still healthful, seafood offers many alternatives. Paired with pineapple, these shrimp skewers are sweetened naturally with plum sauce and honey, yet accented with more tangy spices, such as black peppercorns and ginger. This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled, making it a good choice for larger parties.

Per serving: 189 calories, 2g fat, 34g carbohydrates, 10g protein, 3g fiber

Spinach and Corn Rolled Enchiladas by Jane Butel

Vegetarianism has gained quite a bit of popularity recently, making it a more common dietary choice. If you have family members or friends who are vegetarian, or simply prefer to eat meatless some of the time, this dish is a satisfying option that is healthful and filling. Fresh corn is grilled for a smoky summer flavor, but if you are running short on time, frozen corn can be browned for a similar effect.

Per serving: 330 calories, 9g fat, 47g carbohydrates, 21g protein, 7g fiber

Chili-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin With Nectarine Salsa by Diane Morgan

Low in fat but high in protein, this main-course dish is a health-conscious way to enjoy red meat. This pork is a bit on the spicy side, with ingredients like jalapenos and red pepper flakes, but the nectarine salsa adds a sweet, fruitful bite. Serve alongside grilled vegetables for added vitamins and nutrients.

Per serving: 243 calories, 6g fat, 15g carbohydrates, 33g protein, 2g fiber

Angel Food Cake by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

With summer coming to a close, the time for light desserts with fresh fruit will soon end. Enjoy the last of your summer harvest atop this sweet, homemade angel food cake. The recipe calls for blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, but any fruit you have on hand is likely to go well with this cake. If you have fresh end-of-summer fruits such as peaches, cantaloupes or apples, this cake gives them a delectable opportunity for use.

Per serving: 202 calories, 6g fat, 33g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 0g fiber

Peach Raspberry Pie by Julie Hasson

With peaches at their peak in the late summer months, and the fall crop of raspberries just beginning, you can savor their sweet flavors with this pie. This recipe gives options for both regular and dairy-free versions, ideal for those with lactose intolerance. The combination of raspberries and peaches provides a dusty pink hue, making this pie quite visually appealing as well.

Per serving: 133 calories, 1g fat, 32g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 2g fiber

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