Food For The Crowd

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You have a family of six to feed, friends are stopping by unexpectedly and your spouse just got home from an extended business trip. The refrigerator is full of food but you need more. When you’re cooking on a budget, it’s easy to get stuck with a bunch of leftovers. Food For A Crowd teaches you how to avoid spending the evening slogging through your fridge looking for something good to eat.

Food For The Crowd

Given various diets, preferences, and tastes, it can be difficult to find meals and snacks that satisfy every crowd; however, there are some tried and true staples out there that are healthy, delicious, and will appease even the pickiest eaters. Be it roast chicken or mac and cheese, these classic dishes have a history of being crowd pleasers and (for the most part) are ridiculously easy to prepare.

What’s more? A number of these scrumptious and satisfying meals can be adapted to best suit certain preferences and tastes for every crowd. Have a relative who doesn’t eat meat? Simply omit the chicken from the tasty stir fry and double-down on cruciferous vegetables instead. Not only will the dish still taste delicious, but it will still be loaded with protein and fiber as well.

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Baked Chicken Fingers

No matter how old you are, there are few things more satisfying than chicken fingers. This baked version from Lil’ Luna is tasty, healthy, and quick and easy to make. This recipe uses two kinds of breadcrumbs and calls for baking the chicken instead of frying it, meaning you’re saving hundreds of calories and plenty of fat.

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Pepperoni Pizza Bombs

Making a traditional pizza can be tricky if you don’t have a pizza stone and other accouterments. Luckily, these pepperoni pizza bombs from Flour on My Face taste just like the real thing and can be made with a baking pan in the oven. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make the pizza dough yourself, but if you’re after something quick and easy, feel free to use the store-bought stuff and you’ll be chowing down in just 45 minutes.

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Spicy Honey Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Spicy Honey Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a game day favorite, and these spicy honey crispy baked chicken wings courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen are simply delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Ready in about an hour, these wings are bound to please everyone thanks to a great balance of sweet and spicy flavors. What’s more? This lightened up version of an American classic doesn’t use any oil or flour, so go ahead and eat up!

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Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

Roast chicken is one of those dishes that can please even the pickiest of eaters, and this recipe from Eating Bird Food is guaranteed to be enjoyed by all. The whole meal is roasted on one baking sheet, meaning the dish is extra flavorful and tasty, while also being very easy to prep and clean up. The recipe is also easily customizable, meaning you can use whatever vegetables you like and even sub in tofu or tempeh in place of the chicken.

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Pinch of Yum’s version of spaghetti and meatballs is technically “skinny” but that’s only because the meatball mixture is half chopped veggies and half lean ground turkey—a great combo for parents trying to get their little ones to eat healthier. Though spaghetti is high in carbs, the protein-rich meatballs actually make this a pretty balanced meal that can be prepared in under an hour.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is one of those basic, comforting dishes that everyone should know how to make, especially as the weather gets colder and cold and flu season goes into full swing. Though this tasty classic is great for those who are under the weather, it’s also a hit for those just looking for something cozy and delicious. This recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything is a bit involved, but it will all be worth it once you take that first soothing bite.

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Fried Rice

Though fried rice may look hard to make, the Chinese food classic is actually pretty simple to whip up and guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. This vegetarian recipe from Gimmie Some Oven takes just 15 minutes to make and is customizable with any of your favorite mix-ins. While this recipe does call for veggies only, it also works with other traditional proteins such as chicken, shrimp, beef, or pork.

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Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

If you’re looking for a classic Italian standby, chicken parmesan is right up there with spaghetti and meatballs. This recipe from Cooking Classy doesn’t stray far from the original dish, and it is super easy to make. So easy, in fact, it’s made in one pan and ready to eat in under an hour. Those looking for a nutrient boost will be happy to know this dish also calls for some roasted zucchini, which, in addition to pairing well with the chicken, is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.

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Garlic and Lemon Salmon

Garlic and Lemon Salmon

Simply put, there’s nothing not to love about this garlic and lemon salmon recipe from In Sonnet’s Kitchen. It’s ready in half an hour, it pairs well with either vegetables or grains, and it has just the right amount of flavor that will satisfy everyone. This recipe is also high in Omega-3 fatty acids, high in protein, and low in carbohydrates–making it ideal for anyone looking for an anti-inflammatory, healthy meal.

Party Food Ideas to Please a Crowd

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Have the most fun and memorable party ever by serving fantastic finger foods and appetizers! From sausage rolls to pretzel bites, these party food ideas are sure to please a crowd.

There’s nothing like having your friends and family over for some quality time, and no get-together is complete without food.

Party Food Ideas to Please a Crowd

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Have the most fun and memorable party ever by serving fantastic finger foods and appetizers! From sausage rolls to pretzel bites, these party food ideas are sure to please a crowd.

There’s nothing like having your friends and family over for some quality time, and no get-together is complete without food.

If you can’t decide on what to serve at your next party, relax, I’ve got you. These 25 munchies are all tried and tested, so they won’t disappoint.

Some of these party foods are bite-sized, but they’re still bursting with flavor. These treats are so addictive, you’ll have trouble getting your friends to leave!

Ready to find out what they are? Well, let’s get the party started, shall we?

 Potato Skins

Picture this: Russet potato halves loaded with cheese and bacon, baked until fluffy and tender, and then topped with sour cream and scallions.

Is there a better party appetizer than that? I highly doubt it!

With the complementing flavors and textures from the spuds, bacon, sour cream, and cheese, no one can resist these irresistible potato skins.

And you know what else? They are incredibly easy to prepare! You basically just dump all the ingredients over the sliced spuds and let the oven do its magic.

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3. Sausage Rolls

More commonly known as pigs in blankets, these snacks are drool-worthy, to say the least.

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And while we traditionally use store bought sausage to make these delectable bites, this recipe takes this snack up a notch.

The secret to this phenomenal recipe is the ground pork mixed with bacon!

Wrapped in puff pastry and fried to perfection, it makes the tastiest sausage rolls I’ve ever had in my life.

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4. Chocolate Truffles

I have a huge sweet tooth, so when I host a party, there are a bunch of sweet snacks on the table. And these sinful chocolate truffles are one of them!

These homemade truffles are incredibly smooth, indulgent, and highly addictive! If you think these fancy balls require pro-baking skills, think again.

You’ll only need four ingredients: chocolate, heavy cream, butter, and vanilla.

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5. Chicken Empanadas

Empanadas are popular in Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines, but they’re also a hit in my household.

I mean, what’s not to love? You have perfectly seasoned meat filling (in this recipe, we’re using chicken) wrapped in a flaky and buttery crust, which is then deep-fried or baked until golden.

These half-moon snacks are chock full of flavor and will impress your party guests for sure.

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6. Steak and Cheese Quesadilla

Tender beef and melted cheese wrapped in a toasted soft tortilla? Yes, please!

This certified crowd-pleaser is a must-have at your party because they’re so easy to make.

All you need is 30 minutes, and you’ll get lip-smacking quesadillas, oozing with flavor.

Since quesadillas freeze and reheat well, you can make them days ahead, saving you a lot of time on the day of your party. What a bonus!

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7. Parmesan Crusted Baby Potatoes

The crisp, nutty, and cheesy parmesan crust makes these baby red potatoes an exceptional treat.

It comes together so easily, too. You just spread parmesan cheese onto a greased baking dish, top it with halved baby potatoes, and pop it in the oven.

Minimal effort, maximum flavor!

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8. Chicken Tenders

Flavorful meat that’s crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside? Who can say no?

When you place a giant platter of chicken tenders on the table, expect it to disappear in 5 minutes or less. That’s how ridiculously delicious these chicken tenders are.

And you don’t even need special spices and seasonings to flavor these tenders!

All you need are lemon juice, milk, sugar, and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to get wonderful tasting tenders.

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