Dinner with guests: the menu
I’ve learned it’s easiest (and least stressful) to plan meals that I can prepare in advance, and leave just one dish to do right before the guests arrive, usually the main course.
Tonight, we’re having:
The chicken is based on the Almond Sauce Chicken Breasts recipe at AllRecipes.com. I’ll post my substitutions and alterations tomorrow, after I know what I’ll be doing with the recipe. I tend not to plan things, just choose a recipe and change it as I’m preparing the dish. I always print out the recipe, and make notes on it as I change things, so I can remember them in the future.
The fruit salad is pretty basic, because it’s still spring and there’s not too much variety in fruit yet. This one has: strawberries, blueberries, peach, and banana. It’s marinating in freshly squeezed orange juice now. No sugar or honey added.
Here’s the deal with this menu: It’s not even 5 p.m. and I’ve already finished the guacamole and fruit salad. The hummus I had already prepared. So all that’s left to do is the salad, which I can do a couple of hours before the guests arrive (with dressing also prepared and set aside), and the main course, which I will start about a half hour before the guests are supposed to be here.
Update: Oops! I forgot…I’m also making a loaf of bread, but I still haven’t decided what kind yet.