Hosting â€œdinner partiesâ€ makes me feel decidingly more mature than I behave on a daily basis, even though we donâ€™t have a table yet for our guests. If you ask me, tables are overratedâ€¦ (we eat at the coffee table or outside on our patio). Buffets are where itâ€™s at!
Jen and her husband, Jeff, joined us for a lovely dinner. They brought wine (which I abstained from because I have a race in the morning) and dessert; we provided the meal.
Hereâ€™s the menu:
Chilled quinoa with raw green onions, sprouts, tomatoes, and grilled squash, zucchini, and mushroom. I squeezed a lemon on top to give it some kick.
Topped with grilled extra-firm tofu marinaded in a balsamic vinaigrette.
Boiled corn on the cob:
A leafy green salad with cucumber, carrots, red onions, sunflower seeds, and Athenos feta (on the side for the vegan Husband):
Whole wheat dinner rolls from Great Harvest with honey:
My plateâ€¦ Everything was delicious, fresh, and filling â€“ a perfect pre-race meal, if you ask me!
For dessert, Jen brought over vegan strawberry cupcakes.
The Husband inhaled two, swearing the whole time that they could not POSSIBLY be vegan. Guess I need to make him some vegan desserts and help him see that heâ€™s not giving anything up by being vegan! He said he really missed cupcakes.
We had a great night! Jen and Jeff are really fun â€“ Jen is into running and triathlons, and Jeff is a chiropractor who is actually doing his first Ironman soon(thatâ€™s a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a marathonâ€¦ AKA he is hardcore!). I think we have a lot in common with this couple! 🙂
Snacks of the evening included a bowl of cherries and a piece of Challah bread with strawberry jam. Imagine the bread; I deleted the picture! 🙁
And Iâ€™m OFF! I better get to bed because I have a REALLY early morning wake-up call. The only time Iâ€™ve EVER willing to wake up early is for a race.
Iâ€™m doing a 4.0-mile race tomorrow morning â€“ my first Charlotte race! Iâ€™m super excited.
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Whatâ€™s your favorite dish to bring to a dinner party?