16 Healthy, Simple, and Impressive Dinner Party Dishes
February 25, 2016
Hosting a dinner party doesn’t have to be a stressful and overwhelming task
16 Healthy, Simple, and Impressive Dinner Party Dishes
Hosting a dinner party can seem like an overwhelming task. It sounds like a brilliant idea to host your friends round your dinner table, but you always underestimate the amount of time, organization, and skill that it takes. However, that doesn’t need to be the case: These 16 recipes are the solution to hosting a stress-free, but still impressive, dinner party.
Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese
The much-loved combination of sweet pears and salty blue cheese becomes an impressive salad with the addition of some healthy baked chicken breasts and handfuls of lightly wilted spinach. Serve as a warm salad in the winter months, and swap the cooked spinach for raw baby spinach and serve at room temperature in the summer.
Beet and Barley Risotto
Risotto may not be what springs to mind when you’re planning a healthier dinner, but this beet and barley risotto is an easy way to lighten up a classic, rich Italian risotto. Roasted beets turn the risotto a beautiful, vivid color, and the barley adds a nutty, wholesome taste.
Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
Frozen yogurt is so much easier to make at home than ice cream or sorbet. Simply combine roasted blueberries with chilled yogurt, and churn in your ice cream machine. If you’re looking for a soft-serve texture, this will be ready to serve immediately, and for a firmer texture, simply leave in the freezer for a couple of hours after churning.
Chilled Poached Salmon Salad with Honey-Yogurt Dressing
Bake the salmon fillets in olive oil and serve either warm or cold, with a pile of arugula and a fresh yogurt dressing. The dressing is what really elevates this dish, and all it involves is whisking together the yogurt, herbs, lemon juice, and honey.
Creole Fish Stew
The long list of ingredients for this recipe may intimidate those of you who aren’t confident cooks, but don’t shy away just yet. This stew can be made in just one pot — a miracle when it comes to saving on washing up time later — and has so many amazing layers of flavor from the spices, the fish, and the vegetables.
Gluten-Free Vegetable Lasagna
When you’re craving comforting, rich lasagna, but want to serve something simpler and slightly less heavy, this zucchini lasagna will come to your rescue. The sheets of pasta have been replaced with thinly sliced zucchini, and we’ve subtly removed the calorie-laden béchamel sauce for an easier, healthier, but just as delicious, bubbling, baked lasagna.
Hot Niçoise Salad
This hot niçoise salad is a one-pan dish, which has beautiful, lightly roasted tuna steaks as the centerpiece. Filled with vegetables, and dressed simply with a squeeze of lemon, a hot niçoise salad makes for a colorful, quick, and healthy dinner party dish.
Miso Broth With Ramen and Seared Tuna
Cooking a hearty, homemade ramen doesn’t have to be time-consuming and complex, but it doesn’t have to come from a packet of instant noodles either. Using a light miso paste here makes for a delicate Japanese broth that is poured over fine, wheat noodles and served with lightly seared slices of fresh tuna.
Pineapple With Smashed Mint Sugar
This is a fresh, zingy dessert, which can be ready in a matter of minutes. The combination of pineapple and mint makes a healthy dessert, which will be really popular in the summer when you want a light, fruity end to a meal.
A vegetable gratin is a favorite comforting dinner party dish. The autumnal mixture of pumpkin, olive oil, hazelnuts, breadcrumbs, and Parmigiano-Reggiano are roasted together to create a soft casserole with a crunchy, golden-brown top. Serve with a simple green salad for an impressive, well-balanced meal.
Salmon With Chesapeake Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
Fish is often a popular option when looking for a quick, healthy dinner. This marinated salmon cooks in just five minutes, and is served with a crunchy, citrusy salad of corn, tomatoes, and avocado.
Slow-Cooker Spanish Lentil and Chorizo Stew
A slow-cooked Spanish lentil and chorizo stew tastes as if you’ve spent hours over the stove, stirring and seasoning, until it’s cooked to perfection. In actuality, you just need to add everything to your slow-cooker and leave for five hours, before serving garnished with some fresh parsley. It really couldn’t get any easier.
Spicy Crab Linguine With Basil
A bowlful of crab linguine will impress even your most critical guests, and will have taken you under 30 minutes to prepare. The ingredients in this dish are wonderfully simple: pasta, crab meat, chile, lemon juice, basil, and olive oil. For an even healthier dish, swap the plain pasta for whole-wheat linguine, and serve with a simple side salad.
Spinach and Steak Salad With Ginger Dressing
Steak doesn’t have to come with garlic butter and French fries. This Asian-inspired salad just needs you to marinate the steak in soy sauce before grilling and serving with crunchy vegetables and an easy ginger dressing.
White Fish with Lemon, Capers, Mustard, and Parsley
This citrusy-fish dish is such an elegant entrée, and is a dinner party favorite we turn to again and again. Capers, lemon juice, and mustard make a classic French dressing where simple flavors come together to elevate a simply cooked white fish to an impressive meal.
Whole Roasted Snapper with Herbs
There’s little that is more impressive than serving a whole roasted fish at a dinner party. The good news is, this striking dish is easy to cook, packed full of flavor, and really healthy. Use whichever fish your fishmonger has available, and just remember to vary the cooking time according to its size.