Easy And Healthy Foods For Last-Minute Guests
(NAPSA) - Warmer weather offers plenty of opportunities for pop-up parties, so you need to be prepared.
A pop-up party is a chance to socialize that just 'pops up'; what happens when a drop-by lingers or a last-minute invite is extended to neighbors.
With the right ingredients on hand, it's easy to say, 'Can I get you something to eat?' and make the most of the situation. The key is to stock up on healthy snacks and know quick serving ideas.
'Don't turn down an opportunity to entertain because you didn't make plans or because you have a small kitchen,' says Chef Jennifer Schaertl, author of 'Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens.'
One healthy, preservative-free product Schaertl recommends is premade, all-natural Wholly Guacamole. It saves time, and because avocados are rich in nutrients, it's a better choice than other dips or condiments. Schaertl offers her chef's insider tip: 'Adding freshly chopped ingredients such as cilantro, onions, tomatoes, peaches or mangoes makes it homemade.'
Schaertl suggests this quick-fix recipe from her book made with Wholly Guacamole that doubles as an upscale appetizer or summer entree. Hint: Uncooked cakes can be wrapped with plastic and frozen for your next pop-up party.