Parties and potlucks aren’t exactly a bastion of healthy food.
It’s not like people usually walk away from a buffet table groaning, “Oh, I feel so nourished and alive!”
Rather, one is often over-stuffed and groaning to be sure, that heavy feeling in the gut resulting both from the quantity and quality of the food in question.
I always attempt to bring something healthy to keep with our family’s real food ideals, but if a party-goer has to choose between a pile of lovely spinach and those little wieners wrapped in crescent rolls with a spicy, MSG-laden dipping sauce, guess which platter goes home empty?
Party food success is a union of great taste and a pleasing appearance, and when you’re in the minority trying to avoid processed food, you have to speak the language of the majority. The food has to be recognizable, first and foremost!
That’s why I bring a lot of dips to a potluck or volunteer to bring a salad to our family’s holiday parties – people know what they’re seeing and are more likely to try it.
I wish I would have had this ready a few weeks ago in time for your December gatherings, but at least I’m sharing so you can one-up what you bring for any New Year’s partying you might be doing. My gift to you this season is a 37-page cookbook with 10 main recipes + 5 supporting recipes, all simple, inexpensive real food goodies you can bring to parties and potlucks.