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KELLKAT's Photo KELLKAT Posts: 2,227
3/19/08 10:55 P

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OMG! That all sounds SO good. It almost makes me want to volunteer to host something! Thanks for all the great ideas!
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MICHTOTMAN's Photo MICHTOTMAN Posts: 815
3/19/08 8:58 P

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Taco bar is a fantastic idea! I think I'll do that at MY next "girl-night" hosting!

Try this for a veggie dip:
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 tsp powdered buttermilk
1 clove garlic - minced (or pressed through a garlic press)
dash of celery salt
dried dill (1/2 to 1 tsp - to taste)
a few drops of organic honey or agave nectar (just enough so that the sour aftertaste is gone, but the dip shouldn't taste sweet)

My kids LOVE this and choose it over Ranch dressing. If you make it a day ahead, be careful! The garlic gets stronger over time.

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AMYD76's Photo AMYD76 Posts: 102
3/19/08 10:27 A

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I love to entertain healthy! It shows others that you don't have to overdo the fat and calories to eat delicious food. I agree that LOTS of fresh veggies and fruit should be offered. How about a taco bar (with whole grain soft and hard shells, of course). You could put out seasoned meat, chicken, beans, several kinds of salsa, low fat cheese and sour cream, etc... mmmm... I'm making myself hungry!


 
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APMAC_D's Photo APMAC_D Posts: 5,236
3/19/08 8:17 A

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I love when people put out trays of fresh veggies..... and other people must too because they always go quickly


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If it was easy everyone would do it!

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3/19/08 8:07 A

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Celina - Thanks for the info!

Holly - I know when I put fruit (cut up), it always goes fast. I think people appreciate having a healthy choice.

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3/18/08 11:19 P

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Years ago (pre eating clean) I used to love eating at my SIL's house because she would always have some beautiful dips she made. She would have nice or unusual veggie sticks for dipping.
And she always had "fancy" fruit.

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3/18/08 11:06 P

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Hi- I am the token clean entertainer in my group of friends. I often make a huge salad loaded with veggies and cheese and fruit and nuts- the food you offer does not have to be finger foods, you can just use paper plates to cut down on clean up. Also, I have cut up celery, carrots, cucumbers, bell pepper, mango, radishes, broccoli and cauliflower and served it with pumpkin hummus (just process 1 can garbanzo beans, some nonfat or lowfat plain yogurt, 1 can pumpkin and some cumin, garlic, s&p, maybe some lemon) and also offered toasted pitas sprinkeled with paprika and garlic salt. Almond stuffed dates are a crowd pleaser, as well as just some dried figs and other sliced "exotic" fruit like pineapple, mango, papaya. You could also make some tortilla roll ups with fresh herbs and bean spread or hummus, or lite cream cheese (dunno if it's clean?). Corn/black bean/tomato salsa is a good easy dip. Roasting veggies is another nice option if you want something hot- sweet potato, brussels sprouts, broc/cauli, asparagus- tossed in some olive oil w/sea salt- delish! And finally, little mini pita pizzas with maybe one tomato slice, olive oil, a light cheese and fresh herb is nice too. ....this is basically exactly what I served at my last book club meeting, and I have to admit it got rave reviews. One last idea- a huge whole wheat pasta salad- just throw pasta, sesame oil, sesame seeds, fresh basil and/or cilantro, raisins, tomato, spinach, green onion and rice wine vinegar, a little low-sodium soy sauce (or Bragg's) s&p and whatever else you think sounds good.

Have fun!

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3/18/08 10:01 P

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3/18/08 9:56 P

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Hello there. I have a group of friends--there's 12 of us, who meet monthly to chit chat and play games. The person who hosts prepares the appetizers, dinner and desert for the evening. Usually these are a bunch of fattening and or sugary foods.

I'm hosting in April, and I'd like to offer really healthy dishes, and I'd like to showcase how delicious eating cleanly can be.

Does anyone have a theme idea for me? A recipe book for ideas? I know there are a ton of recipes here to look through, and I'm starting that process. I just wonder how you all entertain?

Thanks for any guidance you can give me!

Holly

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