Laborless Dishes — Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

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Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, and after a long three-month vacation, kids will be heading back to school in just days. Savor these last homework and activity-free days with friends and family, and prepare quick and easy, in-season recipes that can be made in minutes.

Leave it to 30-minute mogul Rachael Ray to concoct an impressive and flavorful burger in just a half hour. Her BBQ Chicken Burgers With Slaw (pictured above) from Food Network are packed with tangy barbecue flavors, including Worcestershire and hot sauces, garlic and grill seasoning. Topped with a mayo-free cabbage slaw, these burgers are not only filling, but healthful as well.

Food.com’s hearty Asparagus, Sun-Dried Tomato and Orzo Salad features fresh asparagus and herbs, soft sun-dried tomatoes and rich balsamic vinegar. Ready in just 20 minutes, this summertime side dish pairs perfectly with any grilled main.

For a light and veggie-friendly green salad, offer Grilled Zucchini Over Baby Spinach from Cooking Channel. Lightly dressed with olive oil and vinegar, this go-to salad takes just 16 minutes to prepare and produces knockout results.

Don’t sweat the sweet stuff this weekend: Set up a Mexican-Style Chocolate Fondue bar from Food2. Complete with a sizeable pot of creamy, cinnamon-scented chocolate sauce and a vast array of fresh fruit (strawberries and banana quarters work great), pretzel sticks and cubed pound cake pieces, this seamless dessert can be on your table in only 25 minutes.

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