Mix and Match Platters

Summer time can be busy, filled with lots of outdoor activities. BBQ’s are the most obvious way to minimize time in the kitchen but that’s not always an option throughout the week. Preparation and availability is the easiest way to eliminate the unhealthy choices in nutrition.

Placing a few variety platters in the center of the table is also a great way to gather with family and friends.

Meats
Salami, prosciutto, leftover roast chicken, sliced turkey or ham deli meat. Sometimes I’ll serve (cooked) shrimp.

Vegetables
Sliced bell peppers, cucumber coins, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, radishes, celery sticks, artichoke hearts – sauteed mushrooms.

Fruit
Grapes, strawberries, apple slices, dried apricots, fresh pineapple wedges, watermelon and cantaloupe cubes.

Dips
Be creative with serving bowls, hummus, always a favorite of ours, ranch dressing combined with a little plain yogurt and extra dill, something new!, or any cream cheese spread. If you have a few minutes, make Ina Garten’s Sun Dried Tomato Dip or her Herb Dip.

Cheese
Choose any combination of Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Cheddar, Gruyere, Colby or Swiss: sliced or cubed.

Bread or Crackers
Crackers, whole wheat dinner rolls, toasted baguette slices, flatbread or a hearty loaf of sourdough.

Something Salty
Olives, peanuts, pickles (dill or sweet), pistachios, almonds.

Be creative, our first experience with food is how appealing it looks ~ Presentation will ensure at the very least, that a picky eater will try a bite!

Whatever you choose mix and match your favorites for your summer healthy! Enjoy ~