Now that a new year is upon us, many of us are reflecting on the year past and formulating resolutions for the year ahead. But how can we resolve to eat better and still plan to celebrate in style on New Year's Eve? Mediterranean eating is the solution. Enjoy bold, comforting flavors from a diversity of ingredients that make healthy eating enjoyable and delicious during special celebrations and throughout the entire year.
Here are a few tips for hosting a simple, elegant, and healthy New Year's celebration:
Invite a few friends over for New Year's Eve and start 2013 with a delicious and healthy dinner party using these recipes.
- Select simple recipes. Simple does not need to mean bland! You can pack a lot of flavor into a dish with only a few ingredients. Find recipes that you can prepare quickly and easily in advance so that when guests begin arriving you can have fun without worrying about the food.
- Choose quality over quantity. Offering a few well-crafted, flavorful dishes is more important than providing lots of options. If you have a guest with an allergy or other dietary restriction, build your menu to accommodate the most restricted guest. Your guests without restrictions will enjoy the nut or dairy-free dish just as much as your friend with the nut allergy or lactose sensitivity.
- Serve family style. Trying to plate each guest's dinner can be stressful and time consuming. Transfer food from cooking pots and pans to serving bowls and plates and set it on the table. Invite guests to serve themselves and pass the dishes around the table.
- Finish the meal with a fruit-based dessert. Fruit desserts are simple to make and require only a fraction of the time of baked desserts. Fruit desserts are frequently healthier than baked treats, but still offer a satisfying way to end a meal.
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