Healthy Entertaining. Is it possible as a busy woman? I have to confess, as a health conscious busy woman, it can sometimes be a challenge for me. On one hand, you have guests who want and expect healthy choices and on the other hand, you have guests who are less interested about the nutritional content of their food. I have learned to keep three rules to entertaining for a dinner party.
Rule # 1 - Keep it simple
To manage our calories and increase the nutritional value in our meals, a healthy plate should consist of ¼ whole grains such as pasta, rice and breads, ¼ of a lean meat or protein and ½ of fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, in our world today, our plate is usually the exact opposite. It consists of high fat proteins and carbs with a little salad on the side. To follow those guidelines, I like to add fruits and vegetables to a salad that may not be very common such as grapes, raw carrots, zucchini or squash to give it volume so that it is more filling. Serving fresh fruit as a part of the main meal is a simple way to add variety and provide an additional course for the table. As a southern girl, I believe a dessert is a must (plus it is my favorite), but who has the time to bake from scratch. Think about what you can do that is semi-homemade. Make brownies with homemade icing or a regular cookie mix and add something to it like raisins, another kind of morsel such as chocolate chips, butterscotch or peanut butter. I like serving desserts that provide a small portion and make ice cream available for those who are not watching their weight.
Rule # 2 - Never try anything new and stick with what you do well.
I remember the days of stressing out going through cook book after cook book for new ideas. After a few “flops”, having kids, and friends asking for repeats, I decided it is best to make a few of my good items great. Have one main dish that you do well. Having less is more and a great way for your guest to manage their intake, reduce your stress, and enjoy your guest.
Even busy ladies, like to entertain, but sometimes feel like time will not permit. As you are putting together your ideas for your parties over the holidays, try to start by incorporating these two rules.
To read about my third rule that can help in weight management through the holidays and get my recipes for my successful dinner party, check out my next blog.