2015 Advent Calendar – Day 10

‘Tis the week for Christmas 
office parties!
       Hello and welcome to the second edition of throwback Thursdays!
Today we look back on Christmas office partie tips!  If you have not had yours already, then this could be the week that it happens… the Xmas lunch!
From the archives – Day 14, 2014
I remember playing a very active role in the social committee at my work (I know this probably surprises you, LOL…) and every year, we were looking to do something different.  We would change venues, add a gift exchange, go to a pool hall, play games, have draws… and I remember a few times when we decided that it would work just fine to get together in our own staff lounge and share a pot luck.  Since this a popular option, be it for the office party or a friends gathering, I wanted to give you some tips as to what you could make as your contribution.
A new twist on an old favourite!
Some of the most popular things to bring to a pot-luck are meat balls and deviled eggs!  Of course if you are currently dieting or keeping a close eye on your food intake, your reflex will almost assuredly be to prepare and bring a vegetable platter… don’t do it!!!  Leave it to someone else to pick up the veggie tray, someone always does.  Your job is to look out for protein!
I have often suggested that one of the best things to bring is a shrimp ring because:
1) people will love you for it (it makes you look really good – stock-up when they are on sale and keep them in your freezer… they also make a great offering when going to a house party… another popular theme at this time of year!), and
2) they insure that you will have a great, low fat protein! (use the Walden Farm Seafood Sauce…)
But if you are allergic to shellfish, here are a few more ideas… Deviled eggs… yes, you read correctly!  If you have tried the Walden Farm Mayo and thought, eeerk this is nasty… I can assure you that it is perfect in deviled eggs.  For one thing, you won’t taste it as the flavor of the eggs will completely override it… and second it is NO carbs and NO fat!!!  So whatever deviled-egg recipe has made you famous in the past can come alive again with the substitution of the mayo!
But let’s face it, the really popular item in a pot-luck is meatballs.  I play curling and when we have a pot-luck, we now have to list what we will bring in advance because one or two times, we ended up with five meatballs contributions.  So here is a recipe you can use and eat… sauce and all!!!
Meat & Veggi Meatballs
1 lb ground turkey or beef
2 egg whites
1/8 c. dried basil

1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
3/4 cup grated zucchini
3/4 cup grated cauliflower
1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms or spinach
Mix ingredients together, make into balls.  Place on non stick baking sheet & bake at 425 for 20 mins.
Sweet & sour Sauce
1/2 tbsp worcheshire sauce
1/2 cup water
4 tbsp. Walden Farms pancake syrup
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tsp onion powder
Mix all ingredients, pour on meatballs and heat  Yum..Yum..

Throw some green peppers into a skillet, sauté, pour on the sweet & sour sauce and place the already cooked meatballs down in the sauce for a min. or two, and serve!

         A few parting words…

            If you are on Phase 1 or 2 of the IP protocol, remember that if the activity is at lunch, you can simply switch your dinner for your lunch and have your IP meal at dinner time.

If you are on maintenance, keep in mind that at this time of year, if you “party” and indulge at every occasion, you will get to Christmas eve with a few unwanted pounds.  So why not apply some smart planning to every outing or do.  Every calorie saved will add up!
Have a great rest of the week!  I will talk to you next Thursday for another throwback from our archives!
Coach Melanie  xox
and the coaching staff at Food-Wise!
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