Maybe it’s the warmer weather warning us bathing suit season is around the corner, or perhaps we’re just finding fresher ingredients at the market to use in our meals. Whatever the reason, we’re mixing up the heavy winter menus we’ve been indulging with healthier plates.
Take a look through our slideshow for some fresh menu inspiration for your next dinner party. You needn’t sacrifice delicious bites for fewer calories or healthier alternatives – believe it or not, you can have your cake and eat it, too!
The fresher flavors found in these healthier entrees are even more tempting when accompanied by the delicate bouquet of Azur 2009 Rose, the soft fruit flavors of Grass Tree 2009 South Eastern Australia Chardonnay and the vivacious mixture found in Chateau des Proms 2008 Red Bordeaux Blend.
Fresh fish is always a good dinner choice. Salmon always seems to be a crowd favorite, and when garnished with this fresh fruit salsa it’s sure to impress. Fresh, sweet, tangy and infused with all kinds of summer flavors this tropical entrée takes dinner to a whole new level.
Load your plate with lots of veggies and some grilled chicken marinated in a yogurt blend for a homemade Greek dinner recipe that’s all kinds of yummy, but healthy. Even the pickiest of eaters will appreciate the basic, yet full flavors this dish offers.
Just because it’s loaded with Alredo sauce and cheese, doesn’t mean it can’t be low-cal! This skinny entrée is so simple, so creamy and so inexpensive to make we had a hard time believing it was a healthier alternative to boot, but it is!
Spinach pie is a hearty, yet light dish to get on the table at your dinner party. Chock full of spinach and feta cheese, it’s perfect for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, but it’s also SO easy to prepare you can pop it in the oven to bake an hour before guests arrive and it’ll be ready.
Ah, tacos – they’re a staple at our dinner parties, but we have to admit they aren’t the healthiest. In an effort to tame the calorie count we swapped the usual beef for ground turkey, corn tortillas for cabbage leaves and garnished with sweet dried plums, carrots and green onions. This turned a Mexican dish into an Asian-inspired one, but trust us, they’re delish!
Though creamy saffron rice is an indulgent menu choice, this recipe is just so spring-inspired and topped with tons of veggies, we had to include it in the mix.
Hopping back on the healthy alternative band wagon, consider this easy orzo salad for your dinner party. It’s full of rustic Italian veggies and works as both a side or salad for your get together.
Whole wheat open faced bread cuts smeared with cream cheese and topped with cucumber slices and fresh herbs make for a natural and easy appetizer idea.
Crostini topped with a fresh veggie mixture is hard to argue against. Cut your bread extra thin, toast and then top with a bruschetta mixture you love. We’re fans of fresh tomatoes, garlic and some red onion as well as this olive garnished one.
When you think healthy bacon might not strike you as an option, but in this salad singles recipe, it’s actually OK! Nothing could be easier than this appetizer.
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