We love having friends and family over and entertaining. We've always talked about opening up our home to friends and family as a way to build relationships and just give people a break from cooking dinner and we've been making a true effort to do that more since we moved into #TheShorttPickensHouse. Coming up with a menu plan can take a lot of time and be a little daunting, though, and I probably spend an unhealthy amount of time doing it, but I love it! I thought it might be helpful for some of you guys if I shared my menu plans to take some of the stress and time out of planning if it's not your thing or if you just don't have the time to do it. Let me know if you guys like this idea in the comments and if so I'll keep doing it!
A couple of weeks ago we did a Mediterranean Taco Night that turned out to be a great hit. We'd already served Mexican Tacos a couple of times and I kind of felt like I was falling into a taco rut, but when I found this twist on tacos on Pinterest I couldn't resist trying them. It combines two of my favorite things - tacos and Mediterranean food! Below I've listed the menu as well as links to the recipes I used.
There is also a free menu printable with all the recipe links included for your convenience available at the bottom of this post that you can download when you join our mailing list! Saving it to your computer will make it super easy to find the recipes when you're ready to cook for your family and friends!
Sweet Potato Fries
( I used frozen ones from the grocery store to make meal prep easier, but here is a homemade recipe from Layers of Happiness if you'd like to go the homemade route. )
Instead of topping the pie with whipped cream, I topped it with the blueberry sauce and than put a huge dollop of whip cream on top of the sauce as a garnish.
* We used these sauces for dipping the fries in as well as on top of the tacos. So yummy!! They're both from The Skinny Taste Cookbook. This cookbook is one of the few cookbooks that I reach for on a regular basis. If you don't have it already, it is well worth the purchase. Gina shares lots of recipes that aren't on her blog and so far they have all been beautiful and tasty in addition to being healthy! Recipes below are copied straight from the cookbook..
Harissa Dipping Sauce
This is a flavorful red sauce that has a little bit of a kick to it.
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 large cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 (12 oz) jar roasted peppers in water, drained
- 1 t fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 t kosher salt
- 1 t crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 t ground coriander
- 1/2 t cumin
- 1/2 t sweet paprika
In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic to a blender and add the roasted red peppers, lemon juice, salt, pepper flakes, coriander, cumin, and paprika. Blend until smooth.
Mint Yogurt Sauce
This sauce has a very refreshing taste to it. You really do want to make this ahead several hours or even the day before to let the flavors really come together.
- 3/4 coup 1% Greek yogurt
- 1 t extra virgin olive oil
- 1 t fresh lemon juice
- 2 T finely chopped mint
- 1 1/2 T finely chopped fresh chives
In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, mint, chives, salt, and black pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate a few hours to let the flavors develop.
Tag me on Instagram (@whitnnedonae) if you entertain with this menu. I'd love to see you and your guests enjoying your time together!