My reasons why I keep party menus simple
At my last party (carnival), we all agreed that there had to be a simple menu. There would be no starter platters or several side dishes, no fancy desserts or beverage stations. Instead, I would limit myself to the essentials: a small starter, a salad, the main course and the dessert. Of course, the latter was colorful according to the occasion, but I still learned that I prefer simple menus.
I also went to great lengths for the salad, but salads are easy! I used peanuts, mixed chicken and poured Egyptian black cumin oil on top. Honestly, nuts in salad are big! &# 128578;
1) Less stress
Who is planning a party with the motto: "I want to put together the most stressful menu that I can put together!" Nobody, or?
And yet, how often have we got caught up in the party plan details and the insanity of preparation? It is easy to make ourselves believe that the quality of a host depends on how many options we offer our guests. "Look here! I did that, and this, and that, and that back there too! Oh, and I made it too, just in case you don’t like it. ”But is it better? Or is more simple … well, more?
Simple doesn’t mean lazy. Simply does not mean that it is something special. Simply doesn’t mean that you don’t take care of your guests. Simply means that you narrow your focus and prioritize, which can be very liberating! And of course it’s a lot less stressful.
2) More time to hang out with guests
I think there is absolutely a time and a place to throw a party and really enjoy yourself while eating. But most of us don’t want to have a sophisticated party every week, we just want to enjoy good food with friends. We want entertainment to be a regular, enjoyable part of our lives!
This is another reason for planning a simple party menu: less time in the kitchen means more time at the party! If you don’t want to spend the whole afternoon watching the egg timer and strategically planning your stove maneuvers, make it easier for yourself!
But if you want to do something a little more unusual, I recommend this video. I could eat these rings straight from the screen &# 128578;
3) Focus on the best part
When we organized a “Pizza Party” before New Year’s Eve, the main event is of course the pizza! For this reason, we have also been cautious about the other menu items. We wanted to devote most of our time and attention to making the best grilled pizzas you can imagine.
We decided to make three types of pizza that decidedly “didn’t just sound”, but: you just swap different toppings on the same dough base, so it’s really not that difficult. We used almond flour because we have never tried it (it was good!) And you can also buy coconut oil and test it on pizza – a very interesting world of taste. The most labor-intensive part of the entire menu was preparing the toppings, and even that was pretty easy. We just put all the ingredients on the table and chopped, diced and shredded for 30 minutes. That’s it!
Again the rule was: a simple 4-part menu – a starter, a salad, the main course and the dessert – has a nice twist. This will ensure that your guests are not already full of the main course. It lets them get in and out of the meal. It directs your attention exactly where you want it – in this case the beautiful pizzas!
7 tips for losing weight
In my experience, there are many things that apply to almost everyone when losing weight – and these are concepts that we can immediately put into practice. Therefore I would like to name some of them here! &# 128578;
1. Eat more vegetables
It’s that simple, I promise! If you’re thinking about cooking a meal that mostly contains vegetables (at least 50% of everything you eat), you’re on the right track to better health and weight loss.
2. Make a better breakfast
All meals are important, but breakfast is what helps you start your day on the right track.
The best and heartiest breakfast is a breakfast that will keep you satisfied and ward off cravings later in the day. The goal is to eat between 400 and 500 calories for your morning meal, and make sure that you are a source of lean protein plus filling fat (e.g. eggs, unsweetened Greek yogurt, nuts or nut butter) and fiber (vegetables, fruits or 100% whole grain) included.
Starting the day with a blood sugar-stabilizing nutrient mixture will help you slim down without sacrificing anything. According to personal trainer Noemi Goldenthal, an individual diet plan for losing weight is also very helpful in planning your food budget.
3. Know your limits with salt
Because salt is a preservative, packaged and processed foods are often highest in sodium – something you should consider when planning your meals. When it comes to buying snacks, a “low sodium” product must be 140 mg or less per serving – so if you are REALLY in a bind, you can follow this guideline so you know what you can add to your cart.
4. Drink more coffee
Start your day with a cup of coffee. Caffeine is a natural diuretic and an excellent source of antioxidants that protect your cells from damage. You can drink up to 400 mg – about a Venti Starbucks coffee – a day, according to the nutritional guidelines for Americans.
Not exactly a good coffee drinker? Tea is also a natural diuretic, and herbal teas like dandelion or fennel root can also help. In fact, when a recent study compared the metabolic effects of green tea (in the extract) with that of a placebo, researchers found that green tea drinkers burned about 70 additional calories in 24 hours.
5. No sugary drinks
We just don’t feel as full of liquid calories as we do with real foods. Drinking a juice or caramel coffee drink is just not as satisfying as eating a bowl of a vegetable and protein-packed pan. So monitor your intake of juice, soda, sweetened coffee and tea, and alcoholic beverages. If you consume any of these drinks during the day, you’ve added at least 800 additional calories at night – and you’ll still be hungry. Incidentally, alcohol can suppress fat metabolism, making it more difficult for you to burn those calories.
6. Eat spicy foods – seriously!
It can actually help you save calories. This is because capsaicin, a compound found in jalapeño and cayenne peppers, can (slightly) increase the release of stress hormones like adrenaline in your body, which can speed up your calorie burning ability. In addition, eating hot peppers can help slow you down. You are less likely to have slung this plate of spicy spaghetti down – so stay alert when you’re full. Some great ingredients alongside hot peppers: ginger and turmeric.
7. Keep a food diary
Many studies show that people who log everything they eat – especially those who log while eating – are more likely to lose weight and keep it off in the long run. The habit also lasts less than 15 minutes a day on average if you do it regularly, according to a 2019 study published in Obesity.
Start tracking with an app like MyFitnessPal or use a normal notebook. It will help you stay responsible for what you have eaten. Plus, you can easily identify some other areas of your daily meals that might need a little improvement if written in front of you.
Recipes for the carnival
Helau, Alaaf and so on! I don’t know about you, but I’m a big carnival fan because at no other time of the year are the streets as colorful and fun as a Rocket Raccoon comic. Especially in Cologne, I have the feeling that Shrovetide brings the true nature of Cologne out of them. You can dress colorful and crazy and nobody says anything about it. How would our world be if we lived that way all year round?
Appropriate treats belong on the table to go with the processions and all the sweets that need to be caught. Here is a video with 4 great recipes that I tried and enjoyed this year.
This is perfect to take her to work on Women’s Fast Night and to score massively with colleagues! At least that was my experience &# 128521;
But not only in February and on the occasion, these recipes are great, because they embellish every party and will surely also serve their purpose at Christmas!
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