“Company is coming, what are we going to eat?” There are many online recipe sources, but I always come back to Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Here is a menu with a few of my favorite recipes for entertaining.
Breakfast or Brunch
I substitute sweet potato for all or part of the white potato and make them with whole wheat flour tortillas. I make a double or triple batch, wrap them individually in foil or parchment paper, and stack in the slow cooker to keep warm.
The strawberries, kiwi and banana look festive for the holidays. They are best when partially thawed which takes at least 30 minutes.
I add ½-cup mini chocolate chips as an optional ingredient.
For holiday entertaining I make the Fruit Salsa with frozen strawberries, Granny Smith apple, and substitute 1 cup drained, crushed canned pineapple for the peach. It is beautiful in a clear glass bowl surrounded by the cinnamon chips.
Heat the bean dip in the microwave or put it in a small snack size slow cooker. Serve with raw vegetables or homemade Baked Tortilla Chips.
Dinner and Sides
A family favorite! I roast the vegetables on a separate baking sheet and increase the quantity and variety.
This is a simple and delicious side dish that goes with just about anything.
I use apples, fresh or frozen strawberries, bananas, drained canned pineapple chunks, and whatever other fresh, frozen or drained canned fruit I have on hand. I suggest using a red gelatin in the sauce and serving it in a clear glass bowl. It will look beautiful on the holiday table.
This pie is easier to make and has less fat, sugar and calories than regular pumpkin pie but tastes great.
I hope you will try some of the recipes that I use when ‘company is coming’ and explore the Spend Smart. Eat Smart site for your own favorites.
Written by Renee Sweers, Human Sciences Specialist-Nutrition and Wellness