If you’re planning a holiday party, planning the menu is probably the most stressful part of the event (not counting the post-party clean-up, of course). To simplify your party preparations we’ve put together a menu for several festive celebrations, whether you’re throwing a New Year’s Eve Bash, a holiday cookie swap or an open-house soiree.
Potluck Dinner: If you’ve invited each of your guests to bring a favorite dish, you’ll still want to serve a few versatile staples for early-arriving guests.
Rosemary Skewered Chicken: Simple and tasty, you won’t have one leftover.
Stuffed Mushrooms: A simple, classic appetizer filled with the “good stuff.”
Quick Bake Lasagna: Wow, your guests with an easy, pleasing lasagna.
Goat Cheese Salad with Spinach & Tomatoes: A flavorful combination for a great salad.
Almond Biscuit Ring: A great dessert or snack, even for diabetic diners.
Open House Afternoon: If you’re welcoming guests to stop by for a beverage and snacks over the course of the afternoon, serve plenty of finger foods and a classic holiday cocktail.
Banana Nog: A no-fat, non-alcoholic variation to holiday eggnog.
Basil Cheese Triangles: Guilt-free, guests won’t want to put these down.
Cheese Ball: Lighten up the traditional holiday favorite to enjoy it guilt-free.
Cottage Cheese Dip for Vegetables: Give your guests a good-for-you veggie dip.
Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies: Enjoy the holiday cookie craze, even on a diet.
Traditional Family Feast: If you have extended family coming into town for dinner, serve them healthier versions of classic favorite dishes.
Cranberry Apple Relish: Cranberries are high in antioxidants and a holiday staple.
Apricot & Citrus Stuffed Ham: A juicy baked ham stuffed with sweet apricots and citrus.
Herbed Cornbread Stuffing: Don’t skip holiday stuffing if you’re calorie-conscious.
Silky Pumpkin Pie Custards: Don’t leave pumpkin at Thanksgiving dinner.
Classic Sugar Cookies: A perfect ending to any holiday feast.
New Year’s Eve Soiree: Ring in the New Year with a menu that feels elegant and indulgent, when really, it couldn’t be easier…or healthier.
Chipotle Chicken Cups: A smoky appetizer your guests won’t get enough of.
Kalamata Olive Hummus: A new twist on a classic Mediterranean appetizer.
Spinach Puffs: Full of iron, creamy and delicious. What could be better?
Salmon & Cucumbers: A refreshing and flavorful small bite.
Tuscan Bean Dip: A heart-healthy, delicious vegetable dip.
December 14th, 2010