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Tasty Labor Day Weekend Treats

Tasty Labor Day Weekend Treats Summer may be fleeting, but there are still several opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors before temperatures dip. As you're celebrating the Labor Day weekend with your family and friends from the retirement community, consider spending Sunday in the sun, as Aug. 31 marks Eat Outside Day.

Whether you prefer catering to your sweet tooth or providing savory dishes to your friends, there are many simple treats that are both easy to prepare and transport. Consider the following festive treats, ideal for outdoor celebrations this Labor Day.

Baked apple slices
This family favorite is ideal for seniors looking to integrate more fruit in their diets, or those who are spending time with small grandchildren who may be opposed to eating these delicious foods without a little push.

Ingredients

  • 3 apples (pick your favorite variety or choose three different types)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice your apples into thin pieces, leaving them nearly transparent. In a small pan, bring the water, sugar and cinnamon to a boil, then gently add apple slices to the mix. Stir constantly until the ingredients begin to grow thicker, then immediately remove the slices and place them on an oven tray. Allow the "chips" to bake for about 10 minutes, or until they turn golden. 

Spinach tartlets
This creamy and delicious option is best for seniors who want to bring along a hearty and healthy dish to an outdoor picnic. Feel free to add your own spin to the recipe, altering the spices or including your favorite vegetable as you see fit. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. frozen mini phyllo shells
  • 6 oz. spinach (can either be frozen or fresh, but if frozen, allow spinach to thaw before cooking)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 cup skim or low-fat milk
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • Olive oil
  • Oregano, salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place phyllo shells on a baking tray. Coat the bottom of a medium-sized pot with olive oil, and add garlic and onion. Stir until the pieces become translucent, then stir in chopped spinach. After spinach has mixed well with the onion and garlic, add milk and Parmesan, stirring constantly. Sprinkle with a dash of oregano, salt and pepper, and continue to stir until the mixture becomes thick. Use a spoon to add the mixture to individual phyllo cups, then place in the oven for about five minutes.

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