Make Over Your Dinner Party
Throwing a dinner party for low-carb lovers, gluten-free eaters or any other special dieters? These recipes and entertaining tips will keep everyone happy -- host included!
Here's the menu: A new spin on an old fashioned cocktail, skinny spinach-artichoke dip, cornflake chicken cordon bleu, mashed sweet potatoes, gluten-free blondies and more. Dig in!
Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip
The restaurant original is a guilt bomb, but guests can feel good about indulging in this low-fat version. Check out the carrot dippers on the next slide!
Roasted Carrot Dippers
Skip the card-heavy crackers. Roast 1 bunch of peeled carrots with 1 tbsp. EVOO and a pinch of salt at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Then get dipping!
How to Make Guacamole
Try your hand at another homemade dip (this one's bursting with good-for-you omega-3s!). Our Instant Expert! video shows you how to cut the avocado, season it to your liking and mix it all up for one tasty appetizer.
New Old Fashioned
This riff on the classic cocktail calls for good-for-you green tea, cheery juice and honey.
If you're looking for something strong, yet classy, make our vodka Martini cocktail. Watch this video to master the classic recipe.
"How Low-Fat Can You Go?" Dressing
The dressing on this Mixed Greens, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad is ultra low fat, but tastes delish. In a jar, stir 2 tbsp. cider vinegar, 2 tbsp. pomegranate juice and 1/2 tsp. honey. Add 2 tsp. EVOO, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper; shake. Use to dress a salad of greens, pomegranate seeds and pistachios.
Cornflake Chicken Cordon Bleu
This easy take on the retro classic is a little fancy and a lot of fun: The baked cornflake coating is crunchy, nutty and gluten-free.
Instead of white potatoes, use antioxidant-packed sweet potatoes blended with creamy yukon golds.
Easy Mashed Potatoes
Learn how to make the world's easiest creamy mashed potatoes with this step-by-step video.
The New Party Reality
The question of how to handle dinner guests' various food issues has become so tricky, we took it to a panel of pros. The majority agreed that it's become the norm to accommodate special diets. "I've started to include a line in my invitations to let guests know that I want to be aware of any dietary restrictions," says Evette Rios, correspondent on ABC's The Chew. "It would be nice to say we should all just eat what's on our plate, but what you eat has become a badge of honor -- and for some, a health concern. That's a trend that's going to stick around."
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Blondies
Hooray! A dessert for gluten-free guests that everyone will go crazy for!
Almond Hot Chocolate
Skip coffee and serve a soothing, cocoa-rich drink enriched with lactose-free (and delish!) almond milk.
All You Can Eat
Cooking for special diets isn't the only way to put guests at ease, our party pros said. "Instead of asking about each person's concerns, I serve buffet-style and make sure there are equal amounts of foods that vegetarians, meat eaters and other dieters will enjoy," says Mary Giuliani, a New York City caterer. "If I put out two meats or fishes, I always serve two hearty vegetarian options." As for specific allergies and aversions? "I've found that people who have serious food issues will let you know," Giuliani says. "I've never met a quiet vegan!"
Get inspired to eat healthy with our super tasty, good-for-you snacks, sides and main dishes. You'll be going back for seconds without the guilt!