If you're hosting a soiree and want to serve healthy food, without hiring a catering company, organic goods are an essential part of the equation for making a decadent, yet healthful, spread. While you might not be able to provide 100% organic meals for your guests, there are some things you can purchase and make that will be delicious and nutritious without containing harmful chemicals and pesticides. Here are some ideas you can try the next time you're planning a get together.
Delicious Veggie Dip
Make a tray of cut veggies that are all organic. You can find them at many local farmer's markets where the vegetables are locally grown and sourced. Cut carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other crunchy veggies in slices or strips. Mix organic Greek yogurt with peppers and locally grown herbs, like cilantro, for a thick, tangy and healthy dip. Serve this on a large tray with a spoon so guests can put a dollop of dip on their plate and enjoy.
You do not have to purchase pre-made, store bought chips that are full of preservatives. Instead, purchase organic tortillas or flat bread and bake them on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees until they're brown and crispy. Cut them into triangles and sprinkle them with sea salt and any other spices you choose. Some good options for spices include fresh oregano, cayenne, or basil.
Salsa/Pico de Gallo
This Mexican favorite is easy to make, and if you do so with organic ingredients it will be much better for you too! It makes a great companion to the homemade tortilla chips. Dice tomatoes and onions into very small pieces and add chopped cilantro. Include a few teaspoons of lemon juice to keep it fresh, and mix thoroughly. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also add red peppers or black olives to the mix for added flavor.
Eggplant or Portabella Sandwhiches
For something with a bit more substance, make delicious small finger sandwiches with slices of organic eggplant or portabella mushrooms. Brush them with olive oil, add sea salt, and bake them in the oven at 300 degrees for approximately fifteen minutes or until tender. Place the cooked veggies on small rolls and add any toppings you choose, like arugula and organic cheese.
Even the most discerning taste buds can enjoy hummus. Purchase a can of organic chickpeas, a few cloves of garlic, and one lemon, Squeeze the lemon into the chickpea and garlic mixture and blend in your blender or food processor until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also add organic peppers and other herbs if your guests prefer a more flavorful version of hummus.
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