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Sunday lunch for 7

Monday, March 31, 2014

Yesterday we hosted a lunch for some of our friends going north. It was fun to spend some time with them over a leisurely meal on the back patio. The wind had died down and it was a lovely calm, sunny and warm day. We needed 2 umbrellas to keep us in the shade!
One of our friends has to eat gluten and dairy free - so my first thought was: Plan food! I did go through my spices and especially the spice mixes to make sure they were ok and had to set a few aside that have "food starch" (whatever that may be) in them.

A big salad to start with:

I made 2 trays of veggies to roast in the oven - red onion, broccoli, butternut squash, mushrooms, zucchini and carrots, tossed in garlic, olive oil and italian herbs
Here they are before:

I par-boiled potatoes and then sauteed then and finished them off in the oven
Veggies and potatoes ready to serve:

Shrimp marinated in olive oil, lime juice, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes - shrimp are harder to find this time of year and I was lucky to get a kilo (2.2 pound) of the grandes - 21 shrimp to the kilo. I cooked them in the grill pan and then let them rest in the oven.

DH grilled the chicken and steak on the outside grill. The steaks got a little crispy but turned out cooked just right! I let them rest for about 5 minutes and then sliced them.

This was the "buffet" :) (oops - no idea why the picture came out sideways...)

My plate:

For afters I cut up melon, pineapple and strawberries and they were served with (or without in case of my dairy free friend) ice cream. It was the first time I had ice cream since before Christmas - oh so good!! There was also a platter of sliced brie with crackers and red grapes - sorry no pics, we were too busy eating at that point LOL

Friends in the back yard:

After a week of happy hours, eating out a few times and dinner with friends at someones home twice, I am happy to report that my weight stay below my panic point. I was 138.2 this morning - very acceptable after all that partying!
My wrist is feeling (almost) back to normal, and as we were up early I did a yoga session which used it a lot but luckily there wasn't any discomfort. It felt good to get back with the yoga sessions!

Of course I made way too much food yesterday and there are a lot of leftovers. One tray of veggies would have been plenty and except for the shrimp, which were all gone, there is about half of the steak and chicken left over. We will be eating well this week!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NISSANGIRL 4/5/2014 7:27AM

    emoticon Job! everything looked amazing!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Wow your food looks good! I like how you cook the potatoes, but it seems like a lot of work.

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MEXGAL1 4/1/2014 7:51PM

    Wow the food looked wonderful....I would have enjoyed that party!

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    WOW! WOW! WOW! Everything looks amazing!

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SKATER787 3/31/2014 2:54PM

    Wow, I was going to ask how many people when I saw the buffet. But then you answered it with the amount of left over. emoticon

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DLDMIL 3/31/2014 2:32PM

    All of it looks wonderful. Great job.

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JANTHEBLONDE 3/31/2014 1:45PM

    Oh my gosh! All I can say is yummy, yummy, yummy! You are an awesome cook! Way to go girl!
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MELTEAGUE 3/31/2014 1:32PM

    Wow! How on earth did you manage to host AND Take pics! Well done!
Thanks so much for posting!

Looks like great food and even better friends and time together!

It looked like perfect weather!

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WALLAHALLA 3/31/2014 1:09PM

    emoticon What a great time!

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ACHANSO 3/31/2014 1:02PM

    Looks delicious! So healthy and colorful!

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