Fitness Minutes: (40,069)
4,472 3/23/13 2:15 A
these are some of my usual contributions
guacamole (mash fresh avocado with some salsa)
tabouleh (time consuming, but I love it!)
a salad with spring mix, colored peppers, fresh asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers, raisins, chopped walnuts, and some shredded asiago cheese
pasta salad (pasta, beef stick or pepperoni, carrots, red pepper, black olives, and Italian dressing)
brown rice with black beans, lean ground beef and some enchilada sauce
Fitness Minutes: (5,730)
2,031 3/23/13 1:30 A
Big raw veggie salad with homemade vinaigrette on the side.
Fitness Minutes: (32,843)
21,647 3/22/13 11:50 P
I have often taken a Mushroom Salad. All it is is Button Mushrooms sliced. Slice up some Spring Onions and add. Then get a low-fat French Dressing and pour on it - just enough to lightly coat all the mushroom. It looks nice; is very low calorie; quick to make; and generally cheap.
I also sometimes take a Bean Salad - you can get them in tins and just open the tin.
Capsicum Salad is also another good one. It is quick and simple - just thinly slice various colours of Capsicum (Bell Peppers), mix them together and coat in a small amount of French Dressing.
Carrot Salad is yet another - grate the carrots, add finely chopped spring onion, and add a little French Dressing and combine.
All quick and easy, cheap, nutritious, and look good.
Depending on where you live and what's in the markets, a big watermelon and a knife! People always think that's great and don't even think of it as healthy.
A big bowl of fruit is always welcome. Strawberries tend to be inexpensive this time of year, or you might be able to find a good price on grapes or those little "cuties" mandarin oranges. All you have to do with those is wash them! If you want to get fancy, do the strawberries with a sauce of light sour cream or Greek yogurt with a little brown sugar and brandy (or vanilla) and call it strawberries Romanoff. Nobody will ever think that you're doing it to be healthier.
Right now I'm living over 125 miles from the nearest supermarket, so I don't take fruit to potlucks these days. My go-to is homemade bread and jam. I use a "5-minute no-knead" recipe-- there are dozens of them on the internet. It's easy to find one that's whole grain and almost non-fat. The bread does take a lot of time to rise and bake, but the time you actively work really is only about 5-10 minutes. Most recipes make 2 to 4 good-sized round loaves. It's pretty cool to show up for a potluck with a loaf or two of hot homemade bread!
Fitness Minutes: (5,564)
251 3/22/13 9:51 P
I often take a big salad or a veggie tray. There never seems to be enough vegetables at our potlucks.
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