Q&A: Need ideas for a dinner party. Hubby and I just started a fitness plan and I would like a good menu?

August 25, 2011 by  
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Question by LAUGHING MAGPIE: Need ideas for a dinner party. Hubby and I just started a fitness plan and I would like a good menu?
Not salad or diet food but something not too heavy for our reward day. We are having guest over. 8 to 10 people. Decent kitchen skills.

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13 Responses to “Q&A: Need ideas for a dinner party. Hubby and I just started a fitness plan and I would like a good menu?”
  1. Violet Pearl says:

    seafood is always good. BBQ shrimp or fish. Low-card baked dishes.

  2. GreenGrasshopper says:

    Check out “Semi-Homemade” on foodtv.com. There’s a drop-down menu on that site that lets you go to the pages for specific shows.

    On Semi-Homemade, Sandra Lee made salmon with herbs that looked really good! And salmon would be good for guests, not too frou frou but not exactly hot dogs either.

    I love roasted brussel sprouts and couscous as side dishes.

  3. cilia says:


  4. maigen_obx says:

    A roast chicken or eye round of beef is good.

  5. heylistenuphere says:

    How about chicken and beef kabobs? You can use skinless, boneless chicken and marinate it in low fat Italian dressing. Get a sirloin roast and cut it in chunks for marinating and soak it for a while in low fat/low carb french dressing. It’s really good. The french dressing makes the beef so delicious.

    Also have kebobs of different veggies you can grill. Dont’ forget to pre-cook the vegs. that are hard so they get nice and done on the grill.

    Add a loaf of good bread, maybe a dessert?
    Have some great bread (it IS reward day after all!) and for dessert

  6. matzaballboy says:

    buy ten lobsters cut them in half
    stuff them and
    grill them and
    eat them
    and for your friends give them a salami sandwich and some potato salad

  7. Norton N says:

    Appetisers: chips and salsa, a selection of crackers and 3-5 different cheeses

    Soup: Chilled Cucumber

    Dinner, chicken or seafood Enchaladas with Spanish Rice

    Deserts: Balled Melon with chopped mint
    Angelfood cake w/ fresh strawberries

    This is a menu that allows for those watching calories and also lets those with more hearty apetite feel satisfied.

    Enjoy your party.

  8. desertsunnygirl says:

    I would start with an antipasto tray that has a lot of lean proteins in it as well as veggies and a few hard cheeses. Leave out the crackers.

    I would serve a filet of salmon. My favorite way it to completely encase it in a homemade foil packet on top of a baking sheet. Slice 2 onions and 2 fresh lemons in to thin slices and arrange on top of the salmon filet. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and a light sprinkling of dark brown sugar (adds minimal calories, but a ton of flavor). You could also add fresh chopped garlic if you like. Then, bake it in the oven for about 45 mins. The onions and lemons wilt and basically steam the salmon. Then, you serve it with the beautifully carmelized onions and lemons on top. Easy and gorgeous!
    I like to serve this with fresh asparagus with a light lemony sauce I make on the stove and baby red potatoes or couscous or mashed sweet potatoes, all add color, texture and visual interest.
    Follow with a coffee/tea service and a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt with a homemade strawberry, rhubarb, blueberry or raspberry fruit sauce made on the stove.

  9. Nikitty says:

    Depending on where you live, you could do kabobs with a large variety of choices. You could have meats, veggies, and fruits. You could also cook a wok dinner.

  10. melly mel says:

    How about plan a seven course dinner. The portions are usually small and sorbet is served in between course in order to clean the palate, given hidden treats throughtout the dinner. This is good if you have guest who have good conversation and time.

  11. Chellee Dub says:

    I have some entree, side, and dessert suggestions for you:

    *Japanese Beef Skewers (if you don’t mind the expense of the good beef) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rushinrecipes/message/48

    *Farfalle Checca (very fresh tasting; the sauce is DYNAMITE)

    Hazelnut Salmon (if you want seafood)

    Juicy Lemon Chicken (if you want something delicious but not overly adventurous)
    *Flavorful Oven Roasted Vegetables or Asparagus w/ Red Peppers http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rushinrecipes/message/8
    *Cream de Menthe, Fruit Sorbet, or Chambord Over Ice Cream

  12. jennyann 4 says:

    What about soy meats as my brother is into healthy foods and that is a must and lots of veggies cut into cute shapes and a diet drinks are heavenly….Good Luck

  13. CATHY says:

    Serve beef and chicken kabobs with veggies as well

    Serve over rice

    Nice bread

    Tossed Salad

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