Tuesday, 15 November 2016

3 Menu Ideas For A Lunch Party

Diwali has ended and the party season has officially begun. Whether you are hosting a themed luncheon or just a casual get-together, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your party spread. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes.

1. Greek Salad on Sticks

Not everyone has the time to go big on appetizers when you could just lay out a bag of chips, but starting off with a wow-appetizer is easier than you think. Also, you want to make sure your meal is balanced, healthy and delectable. Greek Salad Skewers is our fail-safe option, perfect to start your lunch soirée. Set out the plates and napkins, and, no one will be asking where the cheese and crackers are.


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Ingredients:
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 Fresh cucumber, cut into slices
4 ounces Feta cheese, cut cubes
Freshly ground black pepper
8 pitted olives
2 Tablespoons Healthy Alternatives extra virgin olive oil
And some toothpicks

Directions
1.Cut the cucumber slices into quarters
2.Thread each toothpick with a tomato, olives, feta, and then the cucumber piece
3.Place the skewers on a serving plate and drizzle the assembled skewers with the olive oil
4.Sprinkle the pepper over the appetizers and start the binge eating!

2. DIY Avocado Bar

Running late on time and ideas? Lay out a platter of seasoned, lime-doused avocado halves and bowls of toppings, and let your guests do the assembling. It’s the new taco bar!



Ingredients:
1 large tomato, diced
2 tablespoons Healthy Alternatives Olive Oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 avocados, chilled
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1can sweet corn, drained and rinsed
4 lemons
Salt to taste

Directions:
1.Heat oil in a small saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cumin, and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
2.Place beans in a bowl. Pour oil over beans, stir well and season with some salt.
3.Stir together tomato, cilantro, onion, and juice of 1 lime. Season salsa with salt, and transfer to a serving bowl. Place cheese in a small serving bowl.
4.Just before serving, cut avocados in half, remove pits and squeeze remaining limes over flesh. Season with salt, and arrange on a platter. Serve with beans, salsa, and cheese.

3.Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

Don’t you love super desserts that make your life easier? This super dessert will just do the part.  Just assort some strawberries, whipped cream, and cake on a stick. No drippy mess as you serve and a novel presentation to a simple dessert. Your guest won’t just stop at one!


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Ingredients:
Biscuit Rounds:
1 can of cookie dough
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
Sugar for sprinkling
20 large strawberries, 2 slices per strawberry Cream:
2 cups heavy cream
½ jar marshmallow fluff
3 tbsp sugar

Directions:
1.For the cream, blend heavy cream and sugar until stiff peaks form. Put in marshmallow fluff and blend till it’s done (Tip: Use a mixer with a whisk)
2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll the cookie dough on a slightly floured surface and cut 1½ inch mini sized circles
3.Place the circles on a cookie sheet and brush them with whisked egg white and water.
4.Sprinkle some sugar before you put them in the oven and bake until golden brown.
5.Until then, cut the strawberries in ½ inch slices. Now all you have to do is wait till the biscuit rounds have cooled down.
6.The final step is to assemble these yummy treats on a skewer and you’re done!

Tip:  Assemble the biscuit rounds on top and bottom.


These ideas will surely add that spruce to your party! But if you are running less on time (or cooking skills), Nature’s Kitchen has got you! Check our new range of gourmet party starters here: http://bit.ly/2fQc1pc

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