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This summer has certainly been a different kind of summer for sure. We pretty much cancelled all of our summer plans and have been staying local and spending a ton of time at my Mom’s house. I might even say we’re just shy of moving in here. Luckily for us, (actually my kids), she has a big backyard and pool, quite the opposite of our New York City apartment, and we’ve just been soaking up every last bit of sun and splash and our family time together here.
Something I’ve been doing all summer long, and a treat for this city girl, is grilling! Grilling is the ultimate summer staple and I love that it keeps me outdoors with the kids, and it really is less mess to clean. With Labor Day just around the corner, I’m already planning my menu. Labor Day eats are always a big part of the holiday for my family.
From pasta salads, burgers on the grill and everything in between, Labor Day is just as much about the food as it is getting together with the family. This year, we won’t be gathering with friends or extended family for the end of summer bash, but we will certainly be having our own Labor Day celebration to bid farewell to yet another summer. As always, BJ’s Wholesale is helping me get ready for the big day with its value and convenience.
Although we won’t be in the same space, we’re not going to be alone this Labor Day. Everyone in my family has smartphones, so we’ll be connecting over those to stay socially distanced, but together in spirit. We’ll be able to hang out and celebrate the holiday together even if we can’t be physically together. And while we’re doing that, we’ll all be noshing on our favorite Labor Day eats. We’re all going to make the same dishes so we can “eat” together as a family.
I’ve added a few new dishes to my Labor Day menu this year, but the one I think will be the biggest hit is this BBQ Jerk Chicken. It’s a family favorite around here, and shockingly enough, my kids love spicy food. The recipe calls for just a few ingredients, but one that I always have on hand during the summer months is Hellmann’s Mayonnaise. While stocking up at my local BJ’s Wholesale this month, I made sure to grab a double pack of Hellmann’s Lite Mayonnaise. It’s the richest, creamiest addition to anything from sandwiches to desserts, and the one I always get. In our home, I use Hellmann’s not only for the usual summer side salads and condiments, but also for marinades like this jerk chicken recipe!
I always shop at BJ’s because it combines the savings and selection of a club with the service and friendliness of a corner market. That’s the best combination around. The store also makes it super easy to get what I need. I can shop in-store or online, and I have the option to take advantage of in-club pickup or delivery, as well. They also have their awesome BJ’s App that I’ve mentioned before which makes it even easier to shop and save. Using the app, I can digitally shop, find products and offers, and coordinate purchase methods. Speaking of easier, I can use Instacart for same-day delivery, or I can get 2-day delivery on BJs.com. This shop included my double pack of Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise, Chicken and Spring Mix salad from Wellsley Farms, watermelon, and these fun festive paper plates and napkins.
BBQ Jerk Chicken
2 Tbsp. Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise 2 Tbsp. Caribbean Jerk seasoning blend
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
For marinade, combine Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise, seasoning and soy sauce. Pour marinade over chicken in large, shallow non-aluminum baking dish or plastic bag. Cover, or close bag, and marinate in refrigerator, turning occasionally, 30 minutes.
Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Grill chicken 12 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked, turning once. Serve with side salad and enjoy!
BJ’s is making it super easy for me to get everything I need for our socially distanced Labor Day. From Labor Day eats to decorations, cleaning products, and more, BJ’s always has everything I need for any holiday or just a random weekday. I hope you and yours will take advantage of BJ’s AND modern technology to create a Labor Day celebration that is both joyful and safe. So if you haven’t signed up, do it now, and start taking advantage of everything BJs has to offer. That includes great recipe ingredients like Hellmann’s. There’s no reason we all can’t have an awesome Labor Day this year!