I serve mostly paleo meals, even when I have non-paleo guests at the table. My primary motivation is so I can enjoy the leftovers. But also because I use the occasion to counteract some folk’s concern that the paleo diet is too restrictive. There’s a lot of delicious eating when you combine unlimited varieties of meat, veggies, fruit, nuts and fat!
Below are six paleo menus that will delight the crowd at a dinner party. I’ve included links to specific recipes where I think it might be helpful and didn’t where they seemed like overkill.
I once read a guideline that suggested that a hostess should not make anything for guests that she has not tested in advance. I see the wisdom in that – what if your dinner is dependent on a chicken curry that turn out to be chicken crappy?
However, I usually ignore that rule and pretty much use company as an excuse to try some new recipes. It’s like a big surprise for all of us, including me! That makes it even more fun.
For each meal, I suggest a paleo dessert. However, in my opinion, as a girl with extensive dessert experience and an enduring passion for chocolate, I must say — paleo desserts are going to be a bit of a tip off that something’s up at the dinner table. While they are delicious and sweet and taste amazing, paleo cookies may stick out to a guest who is used to eating traditional brownies after a meal. Your best bet may be to buy a bar of really good dark chocolate and indulge a little. Or buy brownie and indulge a lot.
I’ve made most of these dishes with great success. Go ahead and try them out on your guests at your next dinner party! If you can tolerate dairy, I recommend using it where indicated. It’s always a crowd pleaser.
Do you have any other dishes you would recommend? Share in the comments below and we’ll have even more options.
Summer Evening by Candlelight
Asparagus drizzled with olive oil
Spinach and strawberry salad
Dessert: Paleo peach cobbler
Starter: Assorted raw veggies with tahini sauce for dip
Dessert: Paleo chocolate chip cookies
The Men’s Club
Starter: Bacon wrapped dates
Appetizer: Plantain delight bites
Grilled kabobs (Toss chicken with salt, pepper and cumin. Skewer chicken, onions, peppers, tomatoes and pineapple. Grill until done.)
Southwestern cumin lime dressing (for dipping sauce)
Dessert: Berries topped with coconut milk
Roasted cauliflower florets
Sautéed kale with dried cranberries
Dessert: Pumpkin cinnamon cheesecake
And my personal favorite, sort of lacks a real theme but is a crowd pleaser every time — Greek and Brownies
Appetizer: Spiced nuts
Meal: Greek lamb salad
Dessert: Sweet potato brownies