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.
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