After a holiday season full of wining and dining, the thought of attending a party can be daunting. Your friends and family have gorged themselves on pastries and pigs in a blanket, and are frankly so afraid to step on their scales that they may never accept another invitation to a party again.
But if you’re already itching to host another party, be it a birthday celebration or simply a small get-together, there is a way to entice guests with a delicious meal that won't tip their scales. How, you may ask? Simply look to your slow cooker and a few healthy recipes, and everyone can party while keeping those New Year’s resolutions intact.
To inspire your dinner party menu, we’ve pulled together appetizer, entrée, and dessert ideas that all come straight from your slow cooker — for instance, a warm and delicious lentil soup will fill your guests up without costing them calories, a satisfying and classic combination of pork and sauerkraut, and a hot fruit salad, a sweet, delicious, and healthy dessert that could be the perfect ending to a great meal. Whatever recipe you choose, not only will your party be delicious and healthy, it will be extremely easy to prepare, too. Try any of these recipes and we promise your guests can attend guilt-free!
Healthy Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip
Who doesn’t love a delicious buffalo chicken dip at a party? It’s creamy, delicious, a little spicy, and extremely flavorful. But when it is loaded with a few different types of cheese, this dip can get pretty fattening, pretty quickly. We’ve lightened up this recipe for you so you can thoroughly enjoy this essential party food without the guilt.
Slow-Cooker Sausage and Meatballs Bites
This easy slow-cooker recipe for sausage and meatball bites makes a great appetizer. It also comes with 10 amazing sauces that you can serve with it, so you’re basically getting 10 recipes in one! Eat this on its own, or pick one of the options below.
— Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.