A decade ago, that monitor of good manners, the Telegraph, was already mourning the demise of the classic dinner party. Last year, Nigella Lawson, who off camera you might imagine inhabits a world of place cards and polished silver, set the concept in 1970s aspic jelly when she told the BBC: “I’m not a formal dinner party person.”
Yet eating at home with friends or family, or even a volatile mix of the two, is still hugely popular. Albeit now in a far looser format, from a buffet for people scattered about the house to a casual get-together where no one is laying out different wine glasses or (the horror!) seating interesting strangers in a way that is meant to generate sparkling conversation.
Nonetheless, laidback as this “I’m just doing a bit of food” era is, it still needs to be navigated with sensitivity. Not least over Easter, when many will be feeding others or being fed ourselves. So, here are the dos and don’ts of the modern dinner party for guests and hosts.
- Confirmation bias
- Heavy weather
- Gift rap
- Alcohol concerns
- Cold calculation
- Marriage counselling
- Kitchen hand
- Cooking tips …
- Diet plan
- Sharing the load
- Potluck packaging
- Child maintenance
- Fast food
- … but not too fast
- Musical chairs
- Roughing it
- Bacteria hysteria
- Zen and the Art of Dishwasher Maintenance
- Home time
- Positive gratitude
- Away leg
- 1. Blueberry Goat Cheese Log and Multigrain Crackers
- 2. Buffalo Hummus with Celery and Blue Cheese Crumbles
- 3. Pastry Pups
- 4. French Baguette and Roasted Garlic & Herb Butter
- 5. Everything But The Bagel Dip and Everything Crackers
- 6. Burrata, Prosciutto & Arugula Flatbread
- 1. Leafy Greens with Butternut Squash Salad
- 2. Baby Beets with Feta and Candied Walnuts
- 3. Chicken Soup
- 4. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- 5. Roasted Vegetables
- 6. Sweet Potato Gnocchi
- 1. Sweet Bites
- 2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 3. Cheesecake
- 4. Rustic Apple Tarte
- If all else fails… just bring flowers.
- 1. Fruit and Vegetables
- 2. Savoury Snacks and Slices
- 3. Party Drinks
- Sweets (Because that’s what they’ll be looking for)
- Ice Cream
- The Birthday Cake
- Easy Healthy Appetizers – 50 + Low Carb Appetizers
- What are easy healthy appetizers ?
- Why are healthy appetizers important for an amazing party ?
- Preparing your easy healthy appetizers ?
- 50 + Easy healthy appetizers recipes Ideas
- Spinach Balls
- Cheesy Eggplant Pull Apart ‘Bread’
- Eggplant pizza bites
- Sweet Potato Tots
- Carrot Parmesan Cups with Caesar Salad
- Broccoli tots with coconut flour
- Keto Bread rolls
- Cauliflower Hummus
- Baked Turkey Spinach Meatballs with Garlic Mint Yogurt Sauce
- Smoked Salmon Cucumber Cups
- Crispy Cauliflower tots
- Carrot Taco Shells
- Soft Zucchini Tortillas
- Spinach Taco Shells
- Crustless Muffin tins Zucchini Quiche with Pesto and Parmesan
- Baked Parsnip Fries with Garlic, Mint & Lemon
- Sweet Potato Crusted Spinach Quiche
- Broccoli Bacon Quiche with Coconut Flour Crust
- Chilli Beef Lettuce Wraps
- Cheesy Cauliflower Broccoli Garlic ‘Bread’ sticks
- Kale Pizza Crust
- Chicken Spinach Pizza Crust
- Spinach & Parmesan, Walnuts Pizza on Almond Flour Crust
- Cauliflower pizza crust
- Parsnip Pizza Crust
- Coconut Lime Chicken Skewers
- Vegetable Mediterranean Skewers
- Spinach Avocado Dip
- Roasted Eggplant Creamy Dip ‘Babaganoush’
- Cauliflower ‘French Onion’ Dip
- Simple Avocado Dip
- Almond Flour Crackers
- Cauliflower Hummus – no bean !
- Almond Flour Tortillas chips
- Flaxmeal Wraps
- Flaxseed Crackers
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- 1. Dang Sriracha Spice Sticky-Rice Chips
- 2. Back to Nature Crispy Cheddar Crackers
- 3. Bare Fruit Dried Granny Smith Apple Chips
- 4. Calbee Snapea Crisp Wasabi Ranch
- 5. Woodstock Organic Banana Chips
- 6. Peeled Snacks Paradise Found
- 7. Way Better Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
- 8. barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- 9. Mozaics Organic Cheddar Popped Veggie & Potato Chips
- 10. Annie’s Organic Snack Mix
- 11. 180 Nutty Rice Bites Cranberries
- 12. Snyder’s Eat Smart Veggie Crisps
- 13. Dang Toasted Coconut Chips Salted Cacao
- 14. Chef’s Cut Portion Snack Pack Original Recipe & Cheddar Cheese
- 15. TERRA Blues Chips
- 16. Popchips Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato
- 17. Pretzel Crisps Supreme
- 18. Nourish Chocolate Banana Chewy Granola Bites
- 19. Go Raw Spirulina Super Chips
- 20. Sahale Pomegranate Vanilla Flavored Cashews
- Snack Happy with Corporate Essentials
- 1. Pizza Puffs
- 2. Baked Spinach Balls With Parmesan Cheese
- 3. Spaghetti and Meatball Nests
- 4. Crab Cakes
- 5. Garlic Parmesan-stuffed Mushrooms
- 6. Crème Brûlée Cups
- 7. Poblano Pineapple Salsa
- 8. Mediterranean Flatbreads
- 9. Baked Brie Bacon Jam & Crispy Crostinis
- 10. Pigs in a Blanket
- 11. Zucchini Chips with Creamy Basil Avocado Dip
- 12. Lobster Deviled Eggs
- 14. Butternut Squash Kale Mac and Cheese
- 15. Easy Chicken Skewers with Jalapeño Cheddar Dip
- 16. Two-Ingredient Cream-Cheese Frosting
- 17. Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips with Peach Salsa
- 18. Nutella Banana Pizza
- 19. S’mores Caramel Popcorn
- 20. Green Chile Loaded Mac n Cheezy Nachos
- 21. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- 22. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- 23. Baked Mango Cauliflower Wings
- 24. Restaurant-Style Salsa
- 25. Buffalo Parmesan Hummus
- 26. Sweet Potato Toasts Two Ways
- 27. California-Style Smoky-Sweet Tofu Avo Toast
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Much as we admire those free spirits who refuse to be tied down by bourgeois convention, if someone offers to feed you, accept or decline promptly. Under no circumstances should you start quizzing the host about who else is invited.
When someone tells you to arrive at 7.30pm, the last thing they want you to do is arrive at 7.30pm. They will be in the shower. Or at Tesco Metro on an emergency capers run. Give it 15 minutes.
Cooking for people is stressful. You have to suck that stress up and bury it. Deep. Otherwise, as host your rancorous mood will set the tone. Tip: if you don’t know your creme brulee from your croquembouche, this is not the time to attempt either. Do not be too ambitious. Ultimately, no one cares. They will remember how drunk they got and what a laugh they had. The food is almost immaterial, a mere framework for social interaction.
Flowers? Wine that needs decanting? A dessert that needs defrosting? Do not lumber your host with extra work.
Bring booze. Bring more booze than you need. Do not arrive with a four-pack of Carling and decide, on an whim, to rinse through the host’s carefully curated craft beer collection. It is the oldest, stingiest trick in the book. As is trying to palm the host off with that Hungarian prosecco someone left at your house three years ago (you shouldn’t have, really), while hogging a £20 pet-nat red that you think no one else will understand. An easygoing sharing of the booze stash goes with the territory, but people must contribute fairly. Note: only a would retrieve their leftovers as they leave. That alcohol is the host’s to keep, a booze bonus that is embedded in British law.
The host’s fridge is precariously stacked to the last millimetre. Touch it and it (or the host) will go off like Buckaroo!. No, you can’t wedge your beers in. Think ahead: buy some ice and bring your chilled booze in a cool bag.
From “jocular” attempts to get other guests to adjudicate on the argument you were having on the way over to the simmering tension between couples counting the days until divorce, please leave any baggage at the door. Smile. Pretend. Avoid each other’s eye. It may be therapeutic.
You know people who hover in the kitchen, nattering away, oblivious to the fact you have moved them 17 times to get to the oven or fridge? Don’t invite them next year. Likewise people who offer to lend a hand and then just … drift … off. “Can I help?” Yes, get out of the kitchen.
Cooking tips …
… must only be offered if requested. As the old saying goes, too many cooks incur the host’s wrath.
Do your mates freak out if you go in for a second dip of hummus? Solution: get new mates. Illustration: Bill Brown
How far a host should go in accommodating your free-from dietary requirements is a debate as fraught as whether or not gluten intolerance really exists. Intimacy matters here, as does the severity and complexity of those dietary requirements. Numbers add up, too.
Invite a close vegan mate as one of a party of six and, naturally, you will build a menu accordingly, or happily cook separately for them. However, if you are invited as someone’s last-minute plus-one and you have multiple intersecting food intolerances (ie not life and death, and possibly difficult for the host to accommodate), you may have to grin and bear their bodge job and politely pick at your plate.
Flag those intolerances up early and you might argue that, whether cooking for six or 16, it is no more or less difficult to cook an extra portion for one person with specific dietary needs. But, in reality, the larger the number of guests, the busier the kitchen, the greater the moving parts, the more of an imposition it becomes. It is at the host’s discretion.
When we get into the realms of genuine food allergies and medically diagnosed conditions (eg coeliacs), offering to bring your own food, far from being seen as faddy, is both considerate – particularly if you don’t know the host well – and, quite possibly, a sensible precaution.
Sharing the load
If everyone is pitching in and you’re asked to bring a starter or dessert, no one (who you want to hang out with, anyway) will mind how much you spend. This is not a financial quid pro quo. Nor are you under obligation to cook from scratch. This is not The Great British Bake Off. It should be a relaxing meal among people you love, not a high-wire test of your choux pastry.
But you need to engage your brain. Do not turn up late with a starter that takes an hour to cook, causing an oven logjam. Bringing paté? Then bring the bits, too: bread for toast, chutneys and pickles. Do not lazily grab two cheesecakes on the way over “because everyone likes cheesecake” (translation: you like cheesecake), nor, in a strutting display of gastro one-upmanship, turn up with a highly divisive vat of Fergus Henderson’s pea and pig’s ear soup.
In this case, it really is the thought that counts. That, and bringing enough to comfortably feed everyone. This is a party, right?
Do not bring dishes in, for instance, prized Staub cookware. Like cigarette lighters, such things are often mislaid in the boozy melee. It may be weeks before you see your beloved again.
To kids, eating merely interrupts their attempts to destroy your house. Give them (cheap, frozen) pizza and chips. Anything else is a waste. They don’t like it? Their parents will have fed them that morning. No one will starve. On no account give them what the adults are eating. There is nothing more demoralising for a host than, amid a tortuous negotiation of wheedling promises and pathetic threats, watching a seven-year-old refuse to eat as its parents let their meal go cold. “But how will they learn to appreciate good food?” asks Concerned Foodie Parent. Simple: do it on your own time.
Guests expect to be fed within two hours of arrival, max. If you work inordinately slowly in the kitchen, factor that in. You have a room full of hangry people next door and they all have knives.
… but not too fast
There are people (OK, men; men of a certain age) who treat the unveiling of a buffet like the race for the last helicopter out of Saigon. Or, at the table, start lobbying for seconds while the host is eating. Cool your jets.
When it comes to music, the prefix “dinner party” is a longstanding putdown for unobtrusive jazz and soul. Sounds terrible, right? But, conversely, this is not the time to subject your guests/captives to your love of Norwegian black metal or cassette-only US noise acts. The challenge is finding that centrist sweet spot (Nina Simone, Nils Frahm, Richard Hawley, Visible Cloaks) where the music is diverting, but not so interesting that Uncle Jeff will moan throughout. Forgoing music is not an option. No one wants to listen to other people chewing. Rag’n’Bone Man would be preferable to that racket.
Forget fish knives and 48-piece dinner services. Few of us these days have the money or space to maintain the dinner party basics, such as endless dining chairs or matching cutlery. The modern dinner party is all about mucking in, to the extent that, if numbers nudge above six, everyone accepts that someone will end up sitting on a camping chair. It would be churlish to complain. The lack of ceremony is a release, in fact. Get the kitchen roll on the table. The age of the napkin (ring) is over.
When dining communally, remember: generally, people are not infectious. If someone passes you a piece of bread rather than the plate, if someone manhandles the cheese, remain calm. Do your mates freak out if you go in for a second dip of hummus with a half-eaten carrot stick? Solution: get new mates.
It is 2018, moderate at-table phone use is expected. Two things, though. Repeatedly corralling the room into photos for social media is tedious and intrusive. As is Instagramming the host’s food.
Zen and the Art of Dishwasher Maintenance
As anyone who has had the family round for dinner can tell you, inner peace and contentment is accepting that your mum, your nana or an auntie (don’t write in: when last did you see a bloke under 40 lift a finger?) will start a) tidying things into bin bags while the party is in full swing, b) washing up, despite being reminded you’ve got a dishwasher, or c) putting crockery back in the wrong cupboards. As host, you can get irritated. You can testily point out they are making extra work for you. Or you can serenely accept this chaotic mess, happy in the knowledge that you have ascended to a higher spiritual plane – where someone hiding your cheese grater behind the frying pans is of no matter.
Ordinarily, if an invite is for 2pm on a Sunday, the host expects their house back by 8pm. A midweek meal won’t necessarily end in a 3am karaoke blowout. On Saturday night, all bets are off, but if your host is bathing the kids, tidying the kitchen or asleep on the sofa, take the hint. Forget “one for the road” and get on it. It’s been great, but this debate about Corbyn/Mourinho/Morrissey will keep. Now, sling your hook.
Thank your host as you leave and next morning by text. They deserve it. Gloss over any kitchen disasters until the host is ready for the inquest. Do not intrude on private grief.
In nature, there are hosts and there are people who, for various reasons, would never dream of cooking for you. Do not dwell on it, much less demand a reciprocal date. Feeding people should be an honest act of generosity. Otherwise, it leaves a bad taste.
With outside temps dropping, it’s time to kiss patio party season goodbye and say hello to its cozier counterpart: the dinner party. Going to friends’ and family’s homes for dinner is the best, as long as you’re prepared. Things go downhill when you send an overeager “what can I bring!?!” text to the host when you barely have time to make yourself a bowl of cereal. Then comes the day of the party, the fridge is empty, and you have no time or ideas to whip up a dish. In this dilemma, Trader Joe’s is here to save the day (per usual!). We’ve rounded up the best TJ’s has to offer in appetizers, sides, and desserts so you can bring your best foodie self to every party.
1. Blueberry Goat Cheese Log and Multigrain Crackers
This baby is #1 on the list and #1 in my heart. Goat cheese brings me joy like no other cheese can — especially this one. The sweetness of the blueberries with the tartness of the cheese is a match made in heaven. Spreading it on a multigrain cracker adds saltiness and crunch into the mix.
2. Buffalo Hummus with Celery and Blue Cheese Crumbles
This combo has the rare ability to please wing-lovers and vegetarians alike. Just scoop the hummus into a bowl, sprinkle blue cheese on top, and chop the celery into short stalks for dipping.
3. Pastry Pups
A hot dog, but make it sophisticated. This pigs-in-a-blanket inspired dish just needs a little grainy mustard for dipping and you’ll be set.
4. French Baguette and Roasted Garlic & Herb Butter
The “bread and butter” of the appetizer world is literal bread and butter. Slice up one of these two dollar french baguettes and pair it with softened garlic and herb butter for a simple yet delicious combo.
5. Everything But The Bagel Dip and Everything Crackers
How much everything bagel is too much everything bagel? To me, there’s never enough! Trader Joe’s has taken their beloved Everything But The Bagel Seasoning and turned it into a creamy dip. Pair it with their Everything Crackers for a fun appetizer that’s reminiscent of your favorite bagel and cream cheese. Not too sure about the double everything bagel combo? Opt for organic pita chips instead.
6. Burrata, Prosciutto & Arugula Flatbread
Can you say boujee? This flatbread is absolutely delicious and looks way too Gordon Ramsay to cost $4.99. The arugula flavor gets a little bit lost since it’s added pre-bake, so if you want it to stand out, buy some fresh to add on top before you serve.
1. Leafy Greens with Butternut Squash Salad
I’ll say it: I’m the worst at making salads. I always choose flavors that don’t go well together and then throw whatever dressing is in my fridge on top. I don’t want to put any dinner party guests through that, so bagged salads are a godsend. This one is perfect for fall and winter as it features butternut squash, cranberries, and candied almonds. Everything comes in its own package within the bag, so all you have to do is toss it and you can leave out any ingredients according to your preferences!
2. Baby Beets with Feta and Candied Walnuts
Beets are so difficult to prepare, you might as well let your good friend Joe take the grunt work out of it. Drain and chop a pack of baby beets, toss in feta crumbles, and top with candied walnuts.
3. Chicken Soup
I’d like to write a book called Chicken Soup for the Soul and for Dinner Parties. Throw a couple of these containers into a crockpot on “warm” and bask in the soup glory all night. If you want to make it into a chicken noodle soup, you could easily add your own TJ’s Egg Pappardelle Pasta.
4. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This looks like something straight off of my Thanksgiving table and I’m here for it. The sweet potato mash is accented with butter, pepper, and cinnamon — yum. It even includes a package of pecans for texture.
5. Roasted Vegetables
Before a dinner party, which would I rather spend 20 minutes doing: chopping vegetables or perfecting my “cozy chic” outfit? If you said chopping, you have sorely overestimated my patience (and cooking ability). All you need to do for this dish is warm the veggies — more time to send outfit photos to your friends!
6. Sweet Potato Gnocchi
I’m honestly tired of cauliflower masquerading as gnocchi. Bring back the potato — especially sweet potato covered in butter and sage. The texture of this gnocchi is to die for and complements any fall dish.
1. Sweet Bites
These SCREAM dinner party. There’s a little something for every palette and the tiny size is just so elegant in an amuse-bouche sort of way.
2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
This cookie dough is just like most things Trader Joe’s makes: immaculate. Chocolate chip cookies and Trader Joe’s are both overall crowd-pleasers — so a combination of the two will definitely win you points.
Cheesecakes are difficult to get quite right when made from scratch and it’s not worth taking chances. I have tried the pumpkin version of this and it was to die for, but I’m sure the classic is just as delicious for all you pumpkin haters.
4. Rustic Apple Tarte
This tastes like something your grandma would make in the best way. The toasted almonds on top add tons of flavor while the apples and the crust make such a dynamic duo. Plus, it looks absolutely gorgeous.
If all else fails… just bring flowers.
Trader Joe’s has the best (and most affordable) flower selection out there. Grab a bouquet of flowers and one of eucalyptus to make a beautiful bouquet. You can even use a TJ’s paper bag as wrapping (inside out of course!).
With the upcoming holiday, I’m getting asked a lot about what to bring to family functions and other types of parties so that you aren’t left to dig into a buffet table that is anything but clean.
Typically, I tell people to bring at least one main dish with them. It’s usually appreciated by the hostess, and even if you don’t stick to your eating plan 100%, at least you know there is something there that is clean.
But what about something a little lighter? Something that lets you feel okay about snacking?
Often the worst foods at a part or buffet table are the snacks. Snacks are easy to buy in a package and empty into a serving bowl. So they are often the most processed foods available at a party.
If you’d like to try your hand at creating a party tray you can feel good about eating from, here are some ideas for what to put on your platter.
And don’t for get the cute toothpicks! It makes it so much easier to pick up some of the foods on a party tray.
- Avocado pieces
- Cherry tomatoes
- Whole grain pretzels (mine were spelt)
- Segmented mandarin oranges
- Carrot sticks
- Broccoli florets
- Cauliflower florets
- Whole grain crackers (I use Ak-Mak crackers)
- Apple slices
- Fruit juice sweetened, dried cranberries
- Clean Eating Onion Dip
- Clean Eating Guacamole
- Clean Eating Fruit Dip
- Honey dew melon balls
- Hard boiled eggs
- Clean Eating Energy Balls
- Clean Eating Muffins (mini’s are great for party trays!)
- Clean Eating Savory Muffins (again, mini’s would be great here!)
- Bell pepper strips
- Kiwi chunks or slices
1. Fruit and Vegetables
Planning food for a children’s birthday party is a little stressful. On any normal day you would never let your child consume copious amount of sugar and crappy foods. But it’s a party. And Suddenly you are supposed to be OK with it?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a little treat now and again but there is a way that you can at least limit the amount of sugary foods they consume (without the kiddies even noticing) simply by being a little inventive with the party food. Here are 25 Kid friendly Party Food Options that are a little bit healthy but still a lot of fun!
August to October is a really busy month for kids birthdays. We have an August Baby ourselves and if I rewind 40 weeks … it puts me at having conceived my youngest round about the festive season. Ho ho ho! But apparently I’m not the only one! August has topped the ‘birthday month’ for the past 16 years with a whopping 10% of babies being born then. Followed closely by, you may have guessed it … September and October. Which is why I thought it would be especially appropriate to share some amazing (and a little bit healthy) kids party food ideas because I know I’m not the only one hosting a kids birthday party in the next few weeks.
5 Types of Healthy Party Food to Serve at a Kids Party
1. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
2. Fruit Skewers
3. Chocolate Drizzled Fruit Cones
4. Fruit Critters
5. Vegetable Slices with Hummus Dip at the bottom
2. Savoury Snacks and Slices
6. Taco Cups
7. Ladybird Topped Crackers
8. Spaghetti and Meatball Bites
9. Mini Pizza
10. Mini Tuna and Corn Quiche
11. Cheese Stars
12. Ham and Cheese Roll Ups
13. Buttered Popcorn (Air popped Popcorn sprinkled with melted butter and salt)
3. Party Drinks
14. Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
15. Homemade Fruit Juice
16. Lime & Mint Water Infusion
Sweets (Because that’s what they’ll be looking for)
17. Chocolate Bubble Slice
18 Caramel Corn
21. Strawberry Roll Ups
22. Fruit Popsicle
23. Rainbow Ice
24. Strawberry Dole
The Birthday Cake
25. Basic Vanilla Birthday Cake
This is my basic vanilla birthday cake which I make for all our birthday cakes. It’s simple, takes around 5 minutes to get into the oven and is made from only 7 real food ingredients. I have tried so many different types of flours and cake recipes and I have yet to find one that I’m prepared to make as a birthday cake. So …. when it comes to birthday cakes, I always use raw sugar (the honey colored unrefined version). There is something about the butter/sugar combination that makes this special.
Now that you can tick the party food off the list … it’s time to plan the party!
Here are my tips on Hosting a birthday party on a budget.
Easy Healthy Appetizers – 50 + Low Carb Appetizers
re you ready for a list f easy healthy appetizers or should I say low carb appetizers ! Before throwing a party, you’ll have to decide which foods you want to put on your table. You’ll have to get inside your guest’s head and find out what they loves and if they stick to a special diet. Eventually, you will have gluten free, paleo or vegan friends. Easy healthy appetizers are the best way to feed a crowd with a variety of delicious quick finger foods that everyone can enjoy. In this easy healthy appetizers gathering, I’ll guide you through the steps to create easy party foods to entertain the smart way. If you are hosting a party very soon those easy healthy appetizers recipes are perfect to feed a crowd with tasty finger foods. Wherever it’s a birthday party, a formal cocktail party, Christmas, Thanksgiving or game night day those quick finger foods recipes will amaze your guest. Plus, they’are healthy and easy to make ahead so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the party good for you.
What are easy healthy appetizers ?
Healthy appetizers recipes are delicious finger foods recipes sneaking greens or nutritious fresh ingredients into your favorite appetizers recipes. I tend to simply define them as an healthier alternative to your classic party food recipes. Those recipes focus more on protein, heart healthy fat, complex carbs to entertain without blowing your diet. Apart from their delicious taste they are also quick and easy healthy appetizers made with less than 10 ingredients to spend more time partying with your friends and less time in the kitchen.
Easy healthy appetizers are all about taste, fun without guilt.
Why are healthy appetizers important for an amazing party ?
Providing healthy appetizers for a party will make everyone happy. And this is a great importance to a successful party, right? At home, I regularly throw up party with healthy appetizers. Whatever it is a birthday party, Christmas or simple get together with friends I love the friendly vibes of a finger foods party.
Read more : 26 Healthy Superbowl Snacks without guilt
What do people actually think about my healthy appetizers ? Well, most of them don’t even notice they are healthy appetizers. They are so delicious that the results inspire them to do similar parties at home.
Nobody will never argue about a tasty food bites that is good for him!
Preparing your easy healthy appetizers ?
In my view, preparing a party for a crowd with easy healthy appetizers has three important steps. First, you write down the list of healthy appetizers you want to put on your table. Next, you make a list of all the ingredients you need to find. Finally, you create a plan to get organize -when to starts cooking, storage – I will take you through these three steps in much more detail.
Step 1 : Make a list of Healthy Appetizers Recipes you like
Before starting anything, you’ll have to think about your party and what kind of healthy appetizers recipes you want to offer.
You have to think about simple questions like :
- Who am I inviting ?
- How many people ?
- How many healthy appetizers I want to offer per person?
- Is there a theme to my party?
- Is there guest with a special diet?
We can all answers those questions effectively. But believe me, anticipating them will bring a simple party to an amazing party. There is nothing more upsetting than a party which not enough food, or food that people can’t eat because thy are allergic to it. It happens to me at my daughter’s birthday party. I made my healthy wholewheat banana muffins with almond milk but some kids where allergic to nuts and gluten. I felt so embarrassed that they couldn’t eat them.
So take your time and literally write down on a piece of paper – or computer, or phone, of course ! Once you’re able to answer those question in detail, you are ready for the most important step : the shopping list.
Step 2: Prepare Your Shopping List
The second step of preparing an amazing party with healthy finger food is creating a list of the ingredients you need. With your recipe list in mind, you should draw the shopping list in a minute.
My easy healthy appetizers recipes don’t required fancy ingredients, but, they are not always sold in a single supermarket. In New Zealand, regular supermarket don’ always stock wholesome flours or seeds e.g flax seed meal, coconut flour, almond meal. So it is better to have few shopping list, one per store, to make sure you don’t forget anything.
Read more: your Clean Eating Grocery List
Other things to think about:
- Where do you shop?
- When do you buy your ingredients?
- Do you need storage box or zip bags to store the healthy appetizers you will make ahead?
If your list of easy healthy appetizers is clear, you will have a clear image of when to starts cooking, where to shop and how to store.
Step 3: create a make-ahead schedule for your party
The third step towards shopping is to turn all those ingredients into awesome easy healthy appetizers for all your guest. I would advise you to do that in a well structured manner – specially if it is a party for a crowd.
Start by putting the list of your recipes in a table. You can use Excel, word or a piece of paper, whatever forces you to set up a structure and to start cooking or storing food at the right time.
For example I always offer spinach balls, sweet potato tots and carrot parmesan cups on my party food table. Spinach balls and sweet potato tots freeze really well, I know I can make ahead those recipes 2 weeks before, defrost only 10 minutes before baking. But the carrot Parmesan cups will last only 2-3 days in a airtight container.
A make-ahead schedule for your party will put date on :
- When to start cooking,
- When you should defrost food,
- How to store your food
It is a time saver around holidays period!
After completing all those steps, you should have a clear overview of when to starts things and how to throw a good party with healthy food won’t be a secret for you !
50 + Easy healthy appetizers recipes Ideas
Easy healthy appetizers recipes includes a variety of bite size food recipes from vegetable cups, vegetable tots, meatballs, egg roll, roll ups, skewers, chips, fries, sliders, party mix, tacos, pizza and dips or spreads.
You could simply check Google or Pinterest to find great healthy party food recipes ideas but you will be pretty much left in the dark about the terms of diet, total time, make ahead tips. Luckily, I draw you a list of my best easy healthy appetizers recipes . All my recipe cards ensure you details on diet, preparation time, nutrition information and make-ahead tips ! Scroll down for more healthy appetizers recipe ideas, tips and tricks to throw the best healthy party.
Cheesy Eggplant Pull Apart ‘Bread’
Eggplant pizza bites
Sweet Potato Tots
Carrot Parmesan Cups with Caesar Salad
Broccoli tots with coconut flour
Keto Bread rolls
Baked Turkey Spinach Meatballs with Garlic Mint Yogurt Sauce
Smoked Salmon Cucumber Cups
Crispy Cauliflower tots
Carrot Taco Shells
Soft Zucchini Tortillas
Spinach Taco Shells
Crustless Muffin tins Zucchini Quiche with Pesto and Parmesan
Baked Parsnip Fries with Garlic, Mint & Lemon
Sweet Potato Crusted Spinach Quiche
Broccoli Bacon Quiche with Coconut Flour Crust
Chilli Beef Lettuce Wraps
Cheesy Cauliflower Broccoli Garlic ‘Bread’ sticks
Kale Pizza Crust
Chicken Spinach Pizza Crust
Spinach & Parmesan, Walnuts Pizza on Almond Flour Crust
Cauliflower pizza crust
Parsnip Pizza Crust
Coconut Lime Chicken Skewers
Vegetable Mediterranean Skewers
Spinach Avocado Dip
Roasted Eggplant Creamy Dip ‘Babaganoush’
Cauliflower ‘French Onion’ Dip
Simple Avocado Dip
Almond Flour Crackers
Cauliflower Hummus – no bean !
Almond Flour Tortillas chips
Coconut flour Pizza Crust
Many employees like to take breaks with colleagues to catch up on news or local events, make after-hours plans, or discuss their latest hobbies. Sometimes, staff members use their break time to brainstorm ideas and share work progress.
Your employees may do all of these things or none of these things, but they are nevertheless gravitating toward some type of collaboration. This is a fantastic habit you’ll want to encourage, and one way you can do so is by setting up office snack delivery. When you provide your employees with office snacks to share, you are contributing to a stronger work community and a better culture for all.
The Importance of Sharing Healthy Snacks at Work
Healthy snacks help boost employee morale, mental function and they contribute to improved overall wellness. Compared to typical office break room snacks such as chips, soda and candies that are chock full of sugar, unhealthy fats and filler ingredients, healthy snacks provide your employees with nutrition and the fuel they need to succeed.
What could be better than nutrition and long-standing energy when it comes to office snacks to share? Sharing healthy snacks also foster collaboration and culture hacking, and it can be the perfect way to help new employees fit in.
1. Dang Sriracha Spice Sticky-Rice Chips
Do your employees love all things spicy? Encourage sharing with these Thai rice chips; they have plenty of spice to offer, along with tangy vinegar and sweet watermelon juice.
2. Back to Nature Crispy Cheddar Crackers
Cheese crackers can often taste the same from one brand to the next, but these ones are full of flavor and contain minimal ingredients. Whether your employees pour these crackers in a bowl or just pass the package around, they’ll soon be looking for more.
3. Bare Fruit Dried Granny Smith Apple Chips
These aren’t your ordinary chips. These are baked apple chips, and they’re ideal for sharing between coworkers. Not only do they have nutritional value, but they have a unique flavor, too.
4. Calbee Snapea Crisp Wasabi Ranch
Crispy peas in the pod are delicious, but they’re even better with a spicy wasabi kick. Soon enough these peas will make their way around the entire office.
5. Woodstock Organic Banana Chips
With these dried banana chips in the break room, your employees can keep the conversations going. The chips are also coated in healthy coconut oil, which has plenty of healthy fats and tons of flavor.
6. Peeled Snacks Paradise Found
Sharing comes easy with these tropical fruit snacks. Dried pieces of banana, mango and pineapple also have plenty of nutrients to refuel your staff.
7. Way Better Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
These tortilla chips are made from sweet potato, sprouted quinoa and chia, which equate to one unique taste. Employees will love sharing healthy snacks like these.
8. barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Looking for other office snacks to share? These pretzels are dipped in fair trade dark chocolate, so your employees can even share them while discussing sustainable cacao farming practices.
9. Mozaics Organic Cheddar Popped Veggie & Potato Chips
Potatoes, black beans and peas provide plenty of energy to help your employees power up for work tasks. They’ll love sharing these popped chips and then coming up with new potential flavors to try.
10. Annie’s Organic Snack Mix
What could be better than a snack mix without filler ingredients? How about sharing them in the break room. You’ll definitely want to have these snacks on your favorite list for snack box delivery.
11. 180 Nutty Rice Bites Cranberries
Staff will love these nut clusters with dried cranberries. They’ll also love passing them around for everyone else to sample.
12. Snyder’s Eat Smart Veggie Crisps
It’s a medley of veggies in every bite. You could even keep some hummus or other dip in the fridge for employees to share among themselves.
13. Dang Toasted Coconut Chips Salted Cacao
Simple and delicious, these coconut pieces are toasted and sprinkled with rich cocoa for a taste like no other.
14. Chef’s Cut Portion Snack Pack Original Recipe & Cheddar Cheese
Bite-size jerky pieces mixed with cheddar cubes make for an interesting snack for the break room. With plenty of protein and rich flavors, these snacks are excellent for serving up plenty of energy and conversation.
15. TERRA Blues Chips
Blue potatoes have a long history, and they taste delicious too. These blue potato chips are another example of tasty office snacks to share with coworkers.
16. Popchips Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato
Popped potato slices make for great sea salt and vinegar chips. You might be placing these on the regular request list too.
17. Pretzel Crisps Supreme
Thin pretzel slices baked and sprinkled with caraway and sesame seeds are yet another delicious office snack to share with colleagues. Staff will come back for more, fostering more opportunities to brainstorm great things.
18. Nourish Chocolate Banana Chewy Granola Bites
Granola clusters are perfect for sharing. When they’re combined with banana, chocolate and chia, they just might be gone before you know it.
19. Go Raw Spirulina Super Chips
If any of your employees have food allergies or dietary intolerances, they’ll have no reason to hesitate with these snacks. Gluten-free, wheat-free and nut-free, Go Raw spirulina chips are share-worthy right down to their ingredients.
20. Sahale Pomegranate Vanilla Flavored Cashews
Pomegranate, apple, vanilla and cashew: There might not be a better combination when it comes to office snacks to share.
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There’s nothing quite like the joy of control that comes with hosting a party. You choose the guest list, pick the playlist (Electric Slide, you’re not welcome here), and serve party snacks you actually want to eat.
1. Pizza Puffs
Taste of Home
Sure, everyone loves the microwave kind, but these homemade pizza puffs take snacking to the next level.
Get the recipe from Taste of Home.
2. Baked Spinach Balls With Parmesan Cheese
This snack might not make you as strong as Popeye claims, but it sure will boost your spirits.
Get the recipe from Diana Rattray on The Spruce Eats.
3. Spaghetti and Meatball Nests
A cute bite-size take on the feel-good meal. That’s amore.
Get the recipe from Good Housekeeping.
4. Crab Cakes
They’re a snack standard for a reason. You can’t go wrong with these flavorful New England noms.
Get the recipe from Allrecipes.
5. Garlic Parmesan-stuffed Mushrooms
Beside looking gorgeous these also taste delicious. Goodbye, cheese and crackers. Hello, cheesy mushrooms.
Get the recipe from Tasty.
6. Crème Brûlée Cups
Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Maybe not a “traditional” snack food, but who says these little delights can’t be set out for a classy party. Sounds like the best time ever, tbh.
Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
7. Poblano Pineapple Salsa
Taste the rainbow, then dip your chips in it. This show-stopping salsa will have your guests ready to party.
Get the recipe from HelloFresh.
8. Mediterranean Flatbreads
This shareable snack calls for spring veggies like asparagus, but you can mix and match to create what’s basically an adult pizza.
Get the recipe from Purple Carrot.
9. Baked Brie Bacon Jam & Crispy Crostinis
Hot, melty cheese + divine bacon jam + toasty breads = bliss, amirite?
Get the recipe, by Chef Tyler Florence, on Innit.
10. Pigs in a Blanket
Trois Petits Cochons
Has there ever been a more perfect crowd-pleaser? Prep these the day before your shindig, then throw ’em in the oven right before people arrive. Perfection.
Get the recipe from Les Trois Petits Cochons.
11. Zucchini Chips with Creamy Basil Avocado Dip
Uh, come to mama, vegetables disguised as fried treats. Think of these as French fries—but green.
Get the recipe at Purple Carrot.
12. Lobster Deviled Eggs
4 Star Restaurant Group
We now give you permission to get fancy. To make these luxe bites, slice 12 hard-boiled eggs in half and remove the egg yolks. Combine yolks with ½ cup of mayo, 2 tablespoons French’s Mustard, and ½ tablespoon Sriracha in a blender, and blend until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine 4 oz. cooked lobster meat and 3 tablespoons of spicy mayo. Fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture, and top with the lobster mixture. Garnish with chopped scallions.
Recipe by Chef Dan Harris, executive corporate chef at 4 Star Restaurant Group.
13. Yogurty Guac
Recipe from Two Good Yogurt.
14. Butternut Squash Kale Mac and Cheese
Who says mac and cheese isn’t a snack food? Demons, that’s who. Set out a tray of baked pasta, and let your guests go wild.
Get the recipe from Planet Oat.
15. Easy Chicken Skewers with Jalapeño Cheddar Dip
This combo is a total dream: A creamy, cheesy dip makes the perfect topping for simple chicken skewers.
Get the recipe from Heluva Good and Dear Chrissy.
16. Two-Ingredient Cream-Cheese Frosting
AKA 100 percent the easiest sweet dip situation you’ll ever make. Serve with fruit, pretzels, or anything else you wanna shove straight into your face.
Recipe from Two Good Yogurt.
17. Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips with Peach Salsa
Why even bother choosing between sweet and savory? By mixing a tangy, fruit-y dip with these French toast-y chips, you get to have everything.
Get the recipe at Purple Carrot.
18. Nutella Banana Pizza
Don’t make your guests choose between dessert and pizza. Just bring out this showstopper toward the end of the party to keep things lit.
Get the recipe from HelloFresh.
19. S’mores Caramel Popcorn
Give the people what they want (s’mores), but without the smoke, bugs, or dirt.
Get the recipe from Chocolate Moosey.
20. Green Chile Loaded Mac n Cheezy Nachos
Hold the Olives
Hello, lover. This skillet, full of mac and cheese, Beanfields chips, and nacho toppings is the ultimate grab bag for those unafraid to use their fingers.
Get the recipe from Hold the Olives.
21. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
If you can blend a margarita, you can blend this hummus. Set it out with fluffy pita slices and cut-up veggies.
Get the recipe from Rock Recipes.
22. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Like loaded baked potatoes but cuter. Just add guac or sour cream.
Get the recipe from Green Chef.
23. Baked Mango Cauliflower Wings
A “chicken” wing even your meat-loving friends will love. These bb cauli bites are so addictive that they’ll win over your guests, whether you’re hosting friends for the big game or for a Bachelor-watching sesh.
Get the recipe from Purple Carrot.
24. Restaurant-Style Salsa
A Cedar Spoon
Sure, you can run to your fave taco joint and pick up their secret sauce, or you can blend up some of your own at home. Serve with tortilla chips of your choosing, plus cilantro.
Get the recipe from A Cedar Spoon.
25. Buffalo Parmesan Hummus
The Frugal Foodie Mama
Give your hummus a boost with two party-snack staples: cheese and buffalo sauce.
Get the recipe from The Frugal Foodie Mama.
26. Sweet Potato Toasts Two Ways
PSA: Little rounds of roasted sweet potato yield adorable appetizers. Top ’em with tahini, hazelnuts, and honey or goat cheese, radish, and watercress.
Get the recipe from HelloFresh.
27. California-Style Smoky-Sweet Tofu Avo Toast
This one’s ideal for your veggie friends who are always complaining that there are never enough options for them. Plus, your carnivorous friends would never turn down avo toast.
Get the recipe from House Foods Tofu.
Niko Newbould Niko Newbould is an Editorial Intern.
15 Treats for Your Colleagues (and You)
If you were wondering whether you should eat that snack on your desk, the answer is yes. Always. Because snacks are our mid-day champions, our loyal friends who inspire us to press on despite those long hours ahead. And when you bring them to the office? You’re nothing short of a weekday hero.
Forget the soggy carrots of your childhood. When it comes to snack time, we’re talking pillowy muffins and crisp cookies, airy popovers and decadent chocolate cake. There’s a little indulgence for every occasion, whether you’re thanking a colleague or smoothing over a workplace spat. Or maybe you just need something wonderful to look forward to at work — and there’s a snack for that, too. Go crunchy or chewy, sweet or savory…but whatever you do, just remember to save a bite for the cook.
Blueberry, Oatmeal and Flaxseed Muffins by Merrill Stubbs
Shop the Story
Salvadoran Breakfast Cake by Sasha (Global Table Adventure)
Salted Dark Chocolate Nut Bars by Lindsey S. Love | Dolly and Oatmeal
Espresso Banana Bread by fiveandspice
Cheese Biscuits by Merrill Stubbs
Pierre Hermé & Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies by Genius Recipes
Trail Mix by Merrill Stubbs
Divine gluten-free chocolate cookies. No seriously. by Jestei
Chocolate-Orange Madeleine Cookies by Cordelia
Cheese Sables with Rosemary Salt by Anna May
Banana, Coconut, Chocolate Chip Snack Cake by ATG117
Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies by drbabs
Black Pepper Popovers with Chives and Parmesan by Family Style Food
Nigella Lawson’s Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake by Genius Recipes
Cindy Mushet’s Italian Jam Shortbread Tart (Fregolotta) by Genius Recipes