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Meals That Serve A Crowd

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
10/19/2012 2:00 PM   :  7 comments   :  49,422 Views

I recently came across my great grandmother's focaccia pizza recipe and was surprised that it served 100 people. Apparently, cooking for a crowd was the norm in my family. One thing my family has taught me is that cooking a big meal doesn't have to be complicated or unhealthy. My guests often mention how surprised they are how tasty a healthy dish can be and how inspired they are to try simple substitutes in their recipes. Here are seven SparkRecipes that can easily be doubled when cooking for a crowd.

 

7 Meals To Serve A Crowd







Healthy Chicken Vegetable Casserole


Try this inexpensive and fresh version of a chicken casserole--no need for processed soups or sauces!


CALORIES: 320.6  |  FAT: 8.9g  |  PROTEIN: 27.9g  |  CARBS: 36.1g  |  FIBER: 8.8g








Stepfanie's Quinoa-Black Bean Casserole
 (Vegetarian and Gluten Free)

Beans and quinoa seasoned with onions, garlic, chiles and spices. Serve this with steamed broccoli or wilted spinach and a dollop of light sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.

CALORIES: 257.4  |  FAT: 4.3g  |  PROTEIN: 15.4g  |  CARBS: 40.9g  |  FIBER: 9.6g








Slow Cooker Moroccan Beef Stew


Chef Meg turned a member-submitted dish into a slow cooker meal that's easy yet exotic!

CALORIES: 370.3  |  FAT: 11.2g  |  PROTEIN: 38.8g  |  CARBS: 27.7g  |  FIBER: 5.7g
 







Low Fat Spinach Lasagna


A much quicker version of the Italian classic; less time, but no less taste.

CALORIES: 315.6  |  FAT: 14.8g  |  PROTEIN: 26.3g  |  CARBS: 24.2g  |  FIBER: 3.7g









Chicken Breasts with Red Wine Sauce (Chef Meg's Makeover)
(Gluten Free)

This is a lighter take on the classic Italian preparation of Chicken Cacciatore (or Chicken Hunter Style). Our made-over version uses white meat rather than dark and less oil to cut almost 60 calories per serving and reduce the fat and sodium of the traditional recipe.

CALORIES: 269.6  |  FAT: 9.6g  |  PROTEIN: 31.2g  |  CARBS: 8.6g  |  FIBER: 1.7g







Chicken Enchilada Stacker


Chef Meg's enchilada casserole is great for a weeknight meal or as a appetizer for a party. Better yet, it's a one-dish meal! Serve it with steamed broccoli or a green salad.


CALORIES: 281.3  |  FAT: 9.5g  |  PROTEIN: 27.4g  |  CARBS: 21.5g  |  FIBER: 6.5g
 
 








Spinach Souffle Casserole
(Vegetarian and Gluten Free)

Lowfat high protein delicious soufflé. This is great as a main dish or side!

CALORIES: 110.1  |  FAT: 2.2g  |  PROTEIN: 17.1g  |  CARBS: 5g  |  FIBER: 1.2g


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Comments

  • 7
    I'm definitely going to try the vegetarian ones. I love spinach, but I have to say the spinach souffle one looks kind of unappetizing, but it sounds wonderful - 11/10/2012   10:04:01 PM
  • 6
    I have made the enchilada stacker, tweaked it some with more spice. Loved the Moroccan beef stew. Like to use spices and this was a good opportunity ,. Living alone, cooking up casseroles is economical, I can save some for another meal, Always freeze a couple of meals. - 10/20/2012   8:51:29 PM
  • 5
    I hate to cook after raising five children. Glad others enjoy it. - 10/20/2012   1:00:19 AM
  • BPOPE20101
    4
    I'm alway looking for ways to use left overs like chicken,If I have leftover chicken sometimes I make salads the next day for lunch .The casserole would be good for supper. - 10/19/2012   10:20:09 PM
  • 3
    Great. - 10/19/2012   9:22:12 PM
  • HANSBRINK
    2
    Thanks., nice timing for upcoming holiday potlucks! - 10/19/2012   8:13:59 PM
  • 1
    These all sound really good except I don't think i would enjoy the Moroccan dish. - 10/19/2012   7:45:07 PM

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