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Offline RoseannR

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Need help with party menu
« on: June 23, 2007, 01:20:28 PM »
Any ideas for a healthy, affordable and easy party menu for 20 guests (adults & kids)?  The party guests eat the typical American processed food diet, yet I can't bring myself to buy soda or junk food. The party's in one week & I've hit a brick wall.  The weather will be hot & the meal needs to be prepared in advance as it's a surprise party.  One idea was meat ball (w/organic grass fed ground beef) sandwiches, but they'd fall apart on non-gluten bread, w/vegetarian sauce & quinoa pasta for a vegetarian option, with a farmer's market salad and fruit tray and ice tea. But, my concern is folks will scream for soda and processed food.  Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Offline Catherine McConkie

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Re: Need help with party menu
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2007, 08:58:51 PM »
Check out Breads From Anna at www.glutenevolution.com. She has a line of WONDERFUL GF breads, packaged in a mix. All are rice and soy free and there are mixes that are also dairy, corn, and yeast free. You can easily make buns/rolls/ or just sandwich bread with her products that I can guarantee won't fall apart!!! Recipes are on the website. She also has a GF pie crust. I bet they won't scream at a fruit cobbler or pie!

Oh...the bread and pies are amazing tasting too! Really, I think it's the best product out there.

Good luck! Catherine

Offline ChloeF

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Re: Need help with party menu
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2007, 07:52:02 AM »
 Baked Sweet potato fries!
there the best. Just chop up both japanese and regular sweet potatoes, really thin, dripple with olive oil on a baking sheet, (season as you like, i like rosemary, salt and pepper) and place them in the oven and just keep your eye on them, i do them crispy so there in there for a bit. maybe google a recipe to get more precise cooking times and temps. There really good though and definately a much healthier version
Good luck with your party!
chloe

Offline Marlina E

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Re: Need help with party menu
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2007, 10:21:38 AM »
I often make the Confetti Quinoa from the Laurel's Kitchen Cookbook.  Now is an especially good time to make that, as the price of yellow and red peppers is low(er).

It has a wonderful taste and is different from what most people are used to.  You can put a little educational card next to the dish about the wonderful nutritional properties of quinoa.

Also fresh made hummus is wonderful!
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Offline RoseannR

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Re: Need help with party menu
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2007, 09:40:43 AM »
I often make the Confetti Quinoa from the Laurel's Kitchen Cookbook.  Now is an especially good time to make that, as the price of yellow and red peppers is low(er).

It has a wonderful taste and is different from what most people are used to.  You can put a little educational card next to the dish about the wonderful nutritional properties of quinoa.

Also fresh made hummus is wonderful!
Good idea, thanks Marlina!

Offline BarbaraS

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Re: Need help with party menu
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2007, 09:43:39 AM »
Hi Roseann,
Thought these recipes might help for your party. One is an appetizer/dip and the other can be an entree. Good luck and have fun!
- Barb
1) Carrot Cashew Pate (from whfoods.com)
Combine in a food processor:

2 medium chopped carrots
1 cup cashews
2 tsp fresh chopped ginger
5 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp tamari (soy sauce)
4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
½-1 tsp sea salt.

Blend until a smooth paste forms, scraping down the sides of the food processor bowl periodically.

Add 2 tsp chopped parsley or cilantro and pulse to mix it in.

Use patι in wraps with shredded vegetables,
put a scoop on salads, or serve as a dip with
celery and bell pepper pieces.

2) Vegan Lasagna
The following recipe is from the Vegetarian Times: http://www.vegetariantimes.com (scroll down to the bottom of the page).
A meatless and cheeseless lasagna that even your mother could love.
The tomato sauce recipe makes enough to serve on the side or to freeze and enjoy later with pasta.
Tomato Sauce:
•   2 Tbs. olive oil
•   1 cup chopped onion
•   3 cloves garlic, minced
•   6 oz. can tomato paste
•   Three (28-oz.) cans peeled plum tomatoes, chopped with juices reserved
•   1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
•   1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
•   1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
•   1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
•   Salt and ground black pepper to taste
•   Lasagna:
•   1 Tbs. salt
•   1 lb. dry uncooked eggless lasagna noodles
•   2 (16-oz.) packages firm tofu, drained
•   2 cloves garlic, minced
•   1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
•   1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
•   Salt and ground black pepper to taste
For the sauce, in large, heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.
Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add tomatoes with juice, basil, parsley, oregano and red pepper flakes. Cover and simmer over low heat about 1 hour.
Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, bring large pot of water to boil.
When water boils, add salt and noodles.
Cook until al dente, about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Drain, rinse with water and drain again.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Crumble tofu into medium bowl.
Add garlic, basil, parsley, salt and pepper.
Stir until well blended.
To assemble, spoon about 1 cup sauce over bottom of 13- by 9-inch baking dish. Add layer of noodles and top with one-third tofu mixture.
Spoon over about 1 1/2 cups sauce and top with another layer of noodles.
Cover with one-third tofu mixture and top with 1 1/2 cups of sauce and another layer of noodles.
Top with remaining tofu mixture and 1 cup sauce.
Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let stand about 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
Serve with remaining sauce. Makes 12 servings.
Per Serving: 219 Cal.; 13g Prot.; 6g Fat; 27g Carb.; 0 Chol.; 493mg Sod.; 3g Fiber.



Offline Amanda

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Re: Need help with party menu
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2007, 09:31:03 AM »

Hi Roseann-
I definitely know the predicament you are in with "junkfood clients", ouch! In the drink department, I stumbled on an alternative to soda when, I was craving a can myself.

For an orange soda equivalent, take soda water and just added a small amount of O.J. to taste. Surprisingly, it tastes just like an Orange Crush! Go figure!

Also, if you are concerned that your clients are going to want a more sugary, syrupy effect, adding some Raw Agave Nectar does the trick.   

~Amanda~

Offline StaciS

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Re: Need help with party menu
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2007, 09:35:37 PM »
I know it is a little late, but thought you might want to consider this for future parties:  Ellen's (from class) Nicoise Quina Salad.  It's super quick and can be made in advance and brought out for a party.  It's very healthy and should please even the picky eaters...