Pot Luck lunches or dinners involve each person bringing in a dish to share for the group. What are some ideas for pot luck offerings that are healthy and low carb?
First, a wealth of vegetables are naturally low in starch and sugar. These can create delightful pot luck recipes that not only will everybody enjoy, but that vegetarians will thank you whole-heartedly for. You could boil green beans, add in hazelnuts, fresh lemon juice and oil, and have a delicious dish in only minutes. There are numerous squash casserole recipes which are tasty and perfect for pot-luck serving. A broccoli-garlic dish would please those who love flavorful items.
A salad always comes to mind as a wonderful option for pot lucks. You can go with the traditional tossed salad, and bring a variety of dressing options to keep the crowd content. You can make a mozzarella-basil-tomato salad for a more elegant look. How about a Japanese cucumber salad with soy sauce? That's one of my all time favorites.
If you want to head in a meat direction, the sky is the limit. You can of course go for the staples of hamburgers or chicken patties if you have access to a grill. You can bring a shrimp ring. How about a selection of preservative-free deli meats, paired with cheeses of all kinds? That way people can pick-and-choose what appeals to them. You can include some low carb wraps for people who want to eat it in more of a sandwich style.
There are other meat options if a grill isn't there. You can make a ground beef - tomato - zucchini casserole, a veal parm dish, a low carb meatloaf, or even low carb burritos with low carb wraps.
Don't forget mushrooms! Marinated mushrooms can be absolutely delicious and provide a nice side dish.
There's of course all the egg types of dishes. Devilled eggs have got to be one of my favorite food groups of all time and they can be made in a a variety of ways. A low carb quiche is always tasty.
Finally, think fresh. Bring a wealth of berries and make a plate of berries for everyone to share. That's sure to delight the crowd, and provides delicious antioxidants. If you've got an ice cream maker, you could be the hit of the group by making up some homemade, sugar-free ice cream on the spot.
Enjoy your Pot Luck, and have fun sharing your healthy recipes with others!
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