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Old 01-02-2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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What do you make for company?

Just looking for ideas for when we entertain so we can keep it lc and they won't really notice the lack of bread.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:40 PM   #2
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Start with a pureed veggie soup (with cream if you like). If you toss in some roast cauliflower before pureeing, it will thicken nicely. Sprinkle some crumbled bacon on top instead of crackers or croutons.

For the main course, some kind of meat, pureed cauliflower (with cream, butter, and cheese! Brown the top a bit under the broiler), and a green veg or salad.

Berries and whipped cream, or other low carb dessert.

No one will miss bread.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:10 PM   #3
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To start: Lox rolled around cream cheese, sprinkled with capers, red onion, served with a little arugula
Main course: Jamie Oliver's lemony, garlicy roast chicken
Veggies: cauliflower cheese (1 big cauliflower steamed and cut up, then tossed with 8 oz of cream cheese, 4 oz of grated gruyere or sharp cheddar, 2 oz of cream, salt and pepper, baked until bubbly). Plus a green veggies: either green beans or spinach sauteed with olive oil and garlic, or a large tossed salad.
Dessert: low carb lemon mousse with berries.
I do always serve some nice bread and butter for the guests. And I make a balsamic reduction sauce for the chicken, by reducing balsamic vinegar by half, then stirring in butter and some of the chicken drippings.

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:38 PM   #4
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subbing ! Good ideas here
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Originally Posted by tiva View Post
Main course: Jamie Oliver's lemony, garlicy roast chicken.
Do you have this recipe? This sounds amazing.

Last time I had company for an LC meal, I made a chuck roast that was cooked low and slow all day, mashed cauli, and gravy from the roast drippings, and roasted asparagus. Mmmm.
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My Dad doesn't feel a meal is complete without bread and butter on the table. (age 75 and pre-diabetic) When my parents come to visit, I make a LC sweet bread for him. I have made zucchini, lemon poppy seed, banana nut, and pumpkin quick breads so he still has a bread with dinner.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:16 AM   #7
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Chicken breast pan fried in garlic and oil, topped with a little parmesan and pasta sauce with a side french cut green beans (drain well, saute in garlic, butter and if you like, some crushed pepper flakes) along with a nice tossed salad.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:02 AM   #8
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I make a mean roast chicken so I typically serve that with a big salad, homemade dressing and garlic bread. It makes it easy for me to avoid the bread but everyone else can enjoy. If I do appetizers, its usually cheese and olives or veggies and dip, something along those lines.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:34 PM   #9
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To start a salad with cukes, HB egg, sunflower seeds, shredded cheese and ranch or spinach salad with HB eggs and parm (chopped bacon optional) with ranch or ceasar dressing.

Main: Steak with loaded green beans (topped with butter, sour cream, shredded cheese and bacon).

Dessert SF LC Cheesecake, various flavors available, pumpkin, chocolate chip, SF peppermint, ect. Or you could do a simple chocolate mousse made with 1 cup of SF chocolate pudding, 8oz. cream cheese, and any flavor davinci syrup to correct consistency, top with whipped cream and SF chocolate shavings.

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Old 01-10-2013, 01:07 PM   #10
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For company, I tend to bake or grill meats/seafood. Casseroles are good, but not pretty enough for company. Personal hangup of mine about the appearance of casseroles. Just not too visually appealing in my opinion.

Along with the grilled meat or seafood I usually serve a nice green vegetable and some sort of salad.

My husband almost always wants me to serve bakery bread when we have guests, but I usually have some sort of LC bread in the fridge I can heat and butter for myself.

Whenever we do grilled steak, I ALWAYS buy a potato to bake for the non-LC people at the table. That's what MOST people want with a grilled steak. I just make sure I either cook my Smoked Gouda Cauliflower Casserole or Mashed Cauliflower, offering it to them as well if they care to have some.

I also like to do curries for company since they are so easy, and serve mine over mashed cauli, theirs over some real basmati rice.

So as you can see, I don't try to "sell" my way of eating to dinner guests. Nor am I willing to force my WOE onto my guests just because it's my house and I'm the cook. I try to serve foods that typically "go together", like a steak and baked potato.

I figure we all get to make choices in life, and among them our food choices. I get to make mine; they get to make theirs. so I serve "choices" when I have company.
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If you have Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure book, his Chipotle Chicken Tacos are awesome! I'll end my post with a pic from my blog.

Mix 1/4c olive oil, 1tsp cumin, juice of 1 lime and 1 diced jalapeno in a large Ziploc bag or bowl. Add 4 chicken breasts to the bag and allow to marinate at least 20mns. Remove from marinade and grill, broil or pan fry. When done, dice into bite sized pieces.

Make chipotle crema:
Mix 1/2c mayo, 1/4c sour cream, 1/2Tbsp minced garlic, 1/2 lime(juiced) and 1Tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce(minced) in a bowl.

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Warm 8 (6") corn tortillas by preferred method. Fill with chicken, shredded green cabbage and shredded cheese. Top with chipotle crema.

pic of my Chipotle Chicken Tacos
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:18 PM   #12
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that sounds yummy !
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:34 PM   #13
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I always have bread and/or potatoes for guest. I make plenty of LC things to share, but I know so many people who don't think a meal is complete without bread or potatoes, so I make them.

For an appetizer, artichoke and spinach dip is good. You can serve bread or chips for people, but also slice up cucumbers or carrots to dip in it.

You could also do a low-carb veggie lasagna and a salad. People might want bread with the lasagna, but if you don't have it...oh well.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:28 PM   #15
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I usually have rolls for company, but I don't eat them and I throw away any that are leftover, because honestly my kids don't need to eat them all the time either, so I don't want them in the house. I don't find bread too hard to resist most of the time. It's the sweets that get me, so I usually make sure I have a low carb alternative so I am not tempted to cheat.

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