‘Tis the season when social gatherings run amok! This week alone we have more plans with friends and family than I had in the entire month of October. I am typically someone who has to balance the number of social outings I have with alone time or chill time with Matt. The older I get, the more I’ve slid into the introverted spectrum. I NEED that time to function in society.
That being said, I really try to be mindful and grateful for this time of year and appreciate all of the extra time spent with friends and family as opposed to letting it get me stressed. Maybe it’s all of that yoga that has gotten the hippy dippy side of me to come out and shine.
When I’m going to friends or family events and am asked to bring a side, you can almost always count on me to bring something healthy. Selfishly, it’s my way of ensuring there will be some healthy options for me! I find that most people end up appreciating having some vegetables or other healthy options in the mix.
Typically when I’m bringing something to share, it’s not the time to experiment with something new. I like to have my tried and true recipes. If you’re looking for something easy and healthy to bring to your next family gathering.. or maybe a Thanksgiving celebration..try any of these for crowd-pleasing bites!
- Avocado Feta Salsa – My family and I discovered this recipe YEARS ago online and it is such a hit anywhere we go. It is the perfect healthy but unique dip for an appetizer or as a topping for meats/salads. Serve with pita chips for the best combo. Also note, you really need to serve within a couple of hours or the avocado will brown.
- Fancy Broccoli Salad – I used to get a similar version of this from Whole Foods so when I saw this healthy version, I couldn’t wait to make it. I’ve now brought it to several functions and I never come home with leftovers! Also, you can make it ahead of time which is a bonus.
- Sweet Potatoes – I don’t have a specific recipe here because I think I’ve combined tons of recipes into one that I make up as I go. I will peel and dice the sweet potatoes, drizzle honey (or agave) generously, shake some cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice), and toss the sweet potatoes for full coverage. Then bake the sweet potatoes until their soft and browned (~375 degrees for 30 min).
- Deviled eggs – These are a huge hit in our family. It’s a great protein-filled appetizer to complement the typical carby apps you normally find. I don’t have any super fancy recipe here either, I typically just google and find basic recipes and whip them up.
- Seasonal Chopped Salad – Depending on the time of year, I will use seasonal produce to make a great chopped salad. For this time of year, that could be kale, broccoli, apples, pears, sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds.. etc. Having a very hearty side salad is a great way to get in some fibrous filling greens. Also try making your own salad dressing for that wow factor (that really doesn’t take a lot of effort).
- Veggie Skewers – If you know a grill is going to be involved, bring some veggie skewers! You can pre-skew them or just bring the veggies and let guests skew their on masterpieces. Again, focusing on seasonal produce like bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, pineapples, etc.
Do you have any go-to healthy sides that you bring to parties? Share in the comments!