While choosing the right foods for a luncheon, you have to consider several factors. These include the size of your budget, any dietary specialties for your guests and the number of guests you are expecting. These factors will help you choose foods that cater to all guests and avoid having to remain with so many leftovers. This way, you will save some money that would have gone to waste. This article looks at different foods and drinks you can serve at a luncheon.
- Fruit and Green Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing
There is nothing as beautiful as a plateful of a combination of different fruits at a lunch on a sunny day. Fruits and salads are tasty and refreshing and they will leave your body with enough energy and juices to take you through the rest of the day. You can use a watermelon baller to shape the fruits into round rings or you can have them in cubes. Cut them a day before and store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Add some honey to make it even tastier.
- Easy Ham and Pineapple Wraps
This wrap is full of sweetness and the much needed to keep you energized throughout the remaining part of the day. Flour tortillas that are 6 inches thick join the pineapple and ham slices together. You can decide to add some ground seasonings and spices to make it even better. After rolling the tortillas, refrigerate them for some time until you serve so that the pineapple does not go stale.
- Spicy Black Beans and Corn Stuffed Peppers
Remove the stem end from each pepper, together with the seeds and the membranes and rinse under running water, then cook them for close to 5 minutes in enough water. Combine walnuts, rice, corn, black beans, chills, cumin, and salt. Then, season the inside of each pepper with salt and pepper and set them aside. Put 1 cup of rice mixture into each pepper and lay them in a frying pan. Cover the pan with a foil and bake the peppers at 350 degrees for close to 20 minutes. Remove the cover and sprinkle the peppers with cheese and then cook for another 5 minutes.
- Hot Potato and Broccoli Salad
The potato is full of calories and carbohydrates to keep you energized for the remaining part of the day. Dip the broccoli pieces in boiled water to tenderize it, then combine it with some minced garlic lemon and olive oil for dressing. For proteins, you can add roasted nuts, bacon or hard-boiled eggs. This is a great choice for those trying to keep fit since it has a balanced diet.
- Marinated Chicken Breasts and Herbs
Marinated chicken breasts are garnished with avocado, tomato and orange slices while the salad leaves are coated with little amounts of olive oil. You could also sprinkle some bits of kosher salt or freshly ground black pepper. Put the salad in a plastic bag and refrigerate for close to 4 hours then serve with a glass of red wine for digestion purposes.
- Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Remove stems from the mushrooms and chop finely. Then rub the mushroom caps with butter and sprinkle some bits of kosher salt. Afterward, bake the mushrooms with a mixture of breadcrumbs, shallots, beaten sauce, parsley and cheese in 300 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes. As you do this, ensure not to wash the mushrooms since they would end up soaked in water because they are highly porous. Also, store the mushroom in a paper bag, and not plastic; this helps to prevent them from spoiling.
- English Pea Salad
Combine small pieces of two hard-boiled eggs, small pieces of garlic, chopped red onions, freshly ground pepper, and yellow bell pepper then add some seasoning and some bits of sugar. Stir the ingredients in a large bowl, then pour in the English peas, and stir again. Refrigerate the mixture for close to 10-hour s or even overnight before serving. This salad has all the healthy ingredients and many calories that you need to get you going.
Since coming up with an event menu is not easy, it is always advisable that you hire a caterer to help you out with the task. The main advantage of hiring a caterer is that they will shoulder the headache of having to stay awake overnight while preparing the food. So, let them take up the stress of meeting the specific demands of each person present at the luncheon. This will leave you with enough time to interact with your guests and worry about other personal issues.