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Easy Outdoor Entertaining

Gearing up for Labor Day weekend? Or perhaps, you have another reason to celebrate. Well, carpe diem, because summer isn’t over yet!

If you’ve got the urge to entertain, do so stress-free and without much party planning at all.

They key is to keep your event simple. All you need are the essentials- good company, delicious food, and the right setting.

Use these suggestions to create one memorable summer celebration on a whim!

  • Create a welcoming ambience with plenty of seating. If you’re running low on patio chairs, use indoor furniture!
  • Use craft paper as a tablecloth for easy cleanup. You can even allow kids to color on the table!
  • Buffet and bar tables make serving easy. Jazz them up with reusable tablecloths to add some decorative flair.
  •  Cook less. Prepare “no-cook” items like salads or have a sandwich tray. “Quick-fire” foods on the grill are also time and energy saving.
  • Think “less mess.” Serve foods that may not require utensils. Chips and dip, hot dogs, barbeque ribs, and vegetable skewers all fall into this category.
  • Potluck dinner? Why not! Encourage guests to bring a dish. You’ll have a great spread, without having to do all the cooking.
  • Go elsewhere! If you’re concerned about a messy home, suggest having a picnic at a scenic park. (Any excuse to picnic is a good excuse in my book!)

Spiced Corn on the Cob

 

Makes: 3 Servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 ears of corn, shucked
  • 1½ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1½ teaspoon tandoori spice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine all spices in a small bowl.
  3. Melt butter in another small bowl for 10 seconds in the microwave.
  4. Lay each ear onto a sheet of aluminum foil. Coat with a small amount of melted butter and sprinkle one-third of the spice mixture onto each.
  5. Wrap each ear in the foil and cook for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 128 Calories, 4.5 g Fat (2.5 g Sat), 10 mg Cholesterol, 46.5 mg Sodium, 20 g Carbohydrate, 3 g Protein, 4 g Fiber

Article originally published on Pathmark Wellness Blog

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