Hello buddies! How are you? How was your weekend? We had one and welcomed one in every of Ryan’s childhood greatest buddies and his household on the town. Terry, his spouse Janelle, their 7-year-old son and two canines stayed with us by the late morning on Sunday en path to Florida for his or her spring break and we had nice time. We liked catching up, watching our boys have a blast enjoying with one another and easily loved our time collectively.

I didn’t snap many photos all through the weekend however I did handle to take photos of among the meals we loved collectively and thought I’d share them with you guys beneath. Our meals had been principally gluten-free, as Terry’s spouse is gluten-free and we wished to verify we made meals we may all take pleasure in collectively.

I do know internet hosting and meal planning is usually a little intimidating at instances (a minimum of it will probably nonetheless be for me), however over time I’ve realized to sit back out about it. I’ve slowly come to comprehend not the whole lot has to excellent. We simply strive our greatest to make our house welcoming and take away the self-imposed strain to make each meal over-the-top superb. (Why we selected to strive new tough recipes after we had been internet hosting previously, I’ll by no means know.) Now we gravitate towards meals we all know are scrumptious but in addition meals which might be simple and stress-free to place collectively after we’re internet hosting.

Under you’ll see our menu for the weekend and discover a whole lot of the meals are meals that may be prepped forward with some store-bought objects within the combine to maintain issues good and easy.

Gluten Free Weekend Menu for Company

This crockpot hen corn chili has been one one in every of our household’s favourite meals for years. It’s additionally one I really feel assured serving to friends as a result of it took high prize within the “non conventional chili” class at a small chili cookoff some time again. I do know it’s extra of a fall or wintery-type meal, however on Friday evening it was chilly and wet so chili felt proper! We served the chili it with tortilla chips, selfmade guacamole, shredded cheese and cilantro.

  • Friday Dessert: Frozen Vanilla Layer Dessert Cake

This was an impulse purchase at ALDI that I scooped up on Friday morning and it ended up being an enormous hit! I can usually put strain on myself when internet hosting to have selfmade meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert however I’m studying to let that go. Friday evening’s dessert was an ideal instance. It was already made and everybody liked it! There have been zero complaints from anybody about it being bought from the frozen meals part on the grocery retailer and I don’t assume anybody cared one bit that we didn’t have a selfmade dessert to take pleasure in after dinner.

Frittatas are eternally and ever a breakfast I make when we now have friends on the town as a result of they’re simple and a dish I could make with out following a recipe. I’ve made my hen sausage and spinach frittata too many instances to rely so I can do it by coronary heart which makes getting breakfast on the desk for a gaggle stress-free! On Saturday morning, as we sipped our espresso, we ate slices of frittata with contemporary berries, orange slices and buttered toast for the non-gluten-free of us!

  • Saturday Lunch: Publix Subs

Ryan’s pal Terry grew up in Florida with Ryan and, like many Floridians, has a powerful affinity for Publix subs. We made positive to work them in to our weekend menu and grabbed subs and gluten-free wraps from Publix for lunch on Saturday!

  • Saturday Dinner: Oven Baked Rooster Fajitas 

That is one other meal I make steadily for friends as a result of it may be prepped forward of time! I hate disappearing into the kitchen to make meals when we now have friends on the town (I get severe FOMO) so anytime I can prep meals forward of time, I’m all about it. On Saturday, we dug into oven baked hen fajitas (I adopted the recipe from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook however this shortcut model on Tina’s weblog is fantastic, too) and served them with tortilla chips, tortillas, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, cilantro and cheese.

We could have demolished the brownies I made for dessert earlier than dinner even started on Saturday however I figured I ought to point out them anyway since they had been supposed to be a part of our dessert. I’m sorry I didn’t snap an image of them although! Because the brownies had been all gone earlier than dinner and ended up being roughly a day pick-me-up, our Saturday evening dessert seemed like selfmade cheesecake cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream which all of us liked sufficient to have second helpings throughout. This was my first time making the ice cream with gluten-free Oreos and I’m completely satisfied to say it turned out nice! The gluten-free Oreos don’t crumble fairly as nicely (they’re stickier and don’t maintain up fairly the identical if that is smart) however the taste was nonetheless on level!

This was roughly a DIY breakfast with a whole lot of choices for individuals to select from relying on their preferences on Sunday morning. I made a complete field of Easy Mills waffles from their field combine and our group ate each final one! We additionally had contemporary fruit, sausage hyperlinks, Greek yogurt and granola out for everybody to take pleasure in.

Query of the Day

Once you’re internet hosting, do you could have any go-to meals you prefer to serve to friends? Please share!