Phew-finally getting to blog! Today was our summer barbeque that I coordinate every year for the company I work for as their Executive Assistant/Events Coordinator Extraordinaire. Without boring you with a list of all the things that transpired in the last 24 hours, I can tell you at least that I was slightly rushed for this event.
So, racing through Whole Foods today (and yes, we actually fed 40 people for under $400!!) I thought to save time, let’s do something different with the traditional burgers and dogs. So, instead of buying tomatoes, lettuce and onion that we’d have to slice, let’s top our grilled goodies with a variety of tapenades and spreads. People loved it! From the Moroccan red pepper sauce to the truffled ricotta dip, it really worked and was a fun change.
My rule of thumb when shopping for dips and such:
Tapenades – I usually rate A or B because they are mostly just chopped veggies, spices and very few ingredients.
Spreads – Depending on what kind, would earn a B or C from me, tend to have more ingredients than a tapenade or chutney. Just watch for preservatives and stuff you can’t pronounce!
Dip – These are usually heavy on the calories and are dairy based so I try to avoid them. Mostly. But like I said, Whole Foods and some good grocery stores out there have some surprisingly healthy alternatives lately like the truffled ricotta dip I got.
Ok, now to the actual subject for this post since it’s supposed to be health week, not grilled, fatty meats (although we bought organic and natural) week. 🙂
Grilled veggies! There wasn’t a large selection of grill-able veggies at Whole Foods today, and I only mean ones that we could easily slice and grill, not put in tricky baskets and aluminum tents, but something that made for nice sized pieces. We grilled eggplant and portobello mushroom caps. Holy deliciousness! They were great, just brushed with a little olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. Not filling enough for you? Add a green salad and top those puppies with one of the ideas above; hummus, roasted red pepper dip, salsa, guacamole, fancy mustard or relish, maybe even a chipotle mayo or bean dip…