Pot luck dinners are back, but here’s the modern twist: these days dishes shared with good friends over great conversations are Instagram worthy, delicious, and good for you. Forget casseroles drowning in heavy sauces or layered dishes loaded with refined starches and animal fat. Contemporary pot lucks are all about enjoying meals that are simultaneously satisfying and energizing, and greens are the perfect place to begin.
Fresh bagged greens can be transformed into a number of beautiful dishes that fit into any course. For example, start with refreshing smoothies served in mason jars, made by whipping greens with green fruits, like apple, kiwi, or grapes, doctored up with mint and ginger. Serve up mini crustless quiche loaded with chopped greens as an appetizer. For a main course serve a brothy stew or veggie soap loaded with greens, in-season veggies, and lentils or beans, or go for a simple stir fry or entrée salad paired with lean protein and a colorful starch, like black rice, purple barley, squash, or yams. You can even incorporate greens into desserts, from sneaking a green puree into brownies or cake, to serving up chocolate dipped or cocoa dusted kale chips.
Pot lucks offer the opportunity to get creative, play food stylist, and channel with your inner chef. Bonus: lightened up meals will leave you feeling energized, not stuffed and sleepy, because enjoying the company of friends it’s what it’s really all about. So show us your get together. Tag us in a photo of your #BacktoFresh pot luck on social media and we’ll send you a #BacktoFresh t-shirt!