Hors d’Oeuvres For All! | alive

The holidays are a great time to chat and celebrate with friends and relatives. Too often, however, our December schedule can fill up before we know it and we have to search the aisles of the grocery store for quick and easy starter ideas that are suitable for all, including those with specific dietary restrictions. With just a little advance planning, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make a fabulous spread for everyone.

Planning meals ahead of time offers numerous benefits that can not only save our waistlines, but also keep our health goals on track. When you’re hungry and your blood sugar drops, you are more inclined to eat whatever you can get your hands on the fastest. Knowing what you will be serving and having the ingredients available promotes healthier eating, more variety, and more nutritious options.

A little planning also helps avoid stress. saves money by sticking to a plan that prevents impromptu grocery shopping; and reduces waste as the ingredients you buy all have a purpose so they don’t languish in the back of your fridge.

Read on to discover recipe ideas that will not only prepare you for classy entertainment, but also improve your appetizer game for everyone on your vacation guest list.

Crab and beet tacos

Harissa, goat cheese and herbs Rugelach

Kung Pow Eggplant “Meatballs”

Pasta baskets

Smashed potatoes with walnut and pepper salsa

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