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Bring Your Own Veggies to Holiday Parties

Holiday Fit Tip: BYOV

I belong to a mom's group that may as well be a gourmet club; every mom (and one dad) is an amazing cook. Needless to say, the day after our Christmas potluck, I had a food hangover. Every dish was not only tasty, but also oh so rich, even mine – bacon, provolone, and butternut squash baked penne pasta.

In years past, I supplied the veggies. I usually prepare them simply and bring broccoli with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt, as well as green beans with a little olive oil and some pine nuts for texture. Crudité or a big green salad, lightly dressed of course, would be welcome additions to any buffet.

Try bringing a veggie to bring to your next party; yes BYOV! I promise you, the other guests will eat them up! Tell in the comments section below what veggie you usually take to dinner parties.

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paintsquared paintsquared 8 years
I love to bring big leafy salads or edamame to munch on ... and recently we've enjoyed fresh green beans in hummus! YUMMMMMMMMMMM!
tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
Green beans with.....BACON! Heaven!!
juju4 juju4 8 years
When I was in 2nd grade, we had to bring green food for St. Patrick's day. Of course, everyone brought green cookies and green rice crispy squares....and I brought raw broccoli. At the time I LOVED broccoli, and to me it seemed normal to bring a food that was naturally green. Anyway, when passing out our green food the 7-year old Juju was kind of embarrassed, as I realized that broccoli wasn't exactly cool. However, after eating 24 different kinds of green sugar, the kids really started eating the broccoli. I found the crunchy green veggie a welcome change after all the sugar. It was refreshing! So that was my first experience with bringing my own veggie.
juju4 juju4 8 years
When I was in 2nd grade, we had to bring green food for St. Patrick's day. Of course, everyone brought green cookies and green rice crispy squares....and I brought raw broccoli. At the time I LOVED broccoli, and to me it seemed normal to bring a food that was naturally green. Anyway, when passing out our green food the 7-year old Juju was kind of embarrassed, as I realized that broccoli wasn't exactly cool.However, after eating 24 different kinds of green sugar, the kids really started eating the broccoli. I found the crunchy green veggie a welcome change after all the sugar. It was refreshing! So that was my first experience with bringing my own veggie.
nancita nancita 8 years
I always offer to bring a salad — often a Greek salad, or something with pomegranate in winter and corn in summer — and everyone always tell me how grateful they are to have something light and green.
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 8 years
Fresh green beans, not overcooked--still green, to which I add sauteed shallots, toasted pecan halves, and fresh tarragon always seems to be a hit.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
Someone brought a veggie platter all pretty and set out with dip for out company holiday gift exchange and NO ONE touched it! hahahaha
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I love when there is veggies with dip at parties! I will ALWAYS munch them up :P
squirrellypoo squirrellypoo 8 years
yes! Growing up my mom would always bring steamed carrots (sprinkled with dill) to our church's potlucks. It was always so nice to have a bit of relief from the scalloped potatoes and hamburger helper!
wambalus wambalus 8 years
Either a mixed leaf salad with some nuts and pears/apples/dried cranberries, or yeah, I'd go with green beans. One of my favourites is to saute them with olive oil, shallots and pine nuts, or I've used walnuts with good results too!
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