“It is not the quantity of the meat but the cheerfulness of the guests, which makes a feast” – Edward Hyde
As we roll into the holiday season, we prepare for the festive parties and events. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years – all reasons to enjoy your friends and family, but not reasons to ditch that bikini season diet.
If you’re a party host, there’s always pressure. Make sure the venue is tidy and can accommodate the volume of guests. Make sure there’s enough food to account for the entire guest list. Make sure dietary restrictions are met and stomachs are full. And of course, make sure everyone leaves happy and vies over your talents to pull off a successful soirée.
I can’t tell you how to entertain your guests, but I can tell you that good food does make people happy. So I’ve put together some heart-healthy recipes that are bound to be party hits and leave your guests wanting these recipes for their next event.
Spinach dip – a party staple
Stuffed jalapeño – for those who like a little kick
Vegetarian spring rolls with spicy peanut sauce – an Asian flair
Meatball sliders – for the meat lovers
Ginger scallion salmon cakes – a taste of the sea
Vegetables and sides:
Sweet and crunchy quinoa salad – sweet and savory
Quinoa herb stuffing – traditional with a twist
Cinnamon-glazed carrots – a healthy indulgence
Coconut basmati rice – a sweet Indian flair
Tuscan beans with tomato – transport to Italy
Salmon with mango-peach salsa – light and refreshing
Slow cooker pork – for those southern folks
Citrus roasted chicken – a little lemon zest
Asian salad with tofu – for the vegetarians
Turkey chili verde – a hearty, cold weather favorite
Chicken cacciatore with spaghetti – for the Italian lovers
Chocolate oatmeal cookies – a new guilty pleasure
Pumpkin cheesecake swirl – a fall favorite
Red wine poached pears – for the wine lovers
Fudge brownies – ooey gooey goodness
Gingerbread cookie – a holiday staple
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Do you have a party favorite or family recipe you pull out every year? Let us know – leave a comment below!