While it might not officially be summer, most of us feel like it is. The kids are out of school, the pools are open, and the weather is hot; no matter the date, it is summertime. And summertime means plenty of casual get togethers, which usually means potluck/buffet-style dining.

5 Healthy Dishes for a Family Buffet

5 Healthy Dishes for a Family Buffet

And these at-home buffets tend to mirror restaurant buffets in that they provide lots of food that is generally not all that healthy. But at home, you have the power to change this. For your next family buffet, try one of the following 5 dishes to keep it healthy without sacrificing taste.

Lettuce Wraps

With this dish, you don’t want to make the wraps in advance. Instead, take a food bar approach. Provide the meats, toppings, and sauces, as well as the pieces of lettuce, then let everyone build their own. This way, everyone gets something they love and can control just how healthy—or not—they want to go.


Looking to cut the carbs? Kebobs are the perfect way to go pure protein. And there are so many recipes out there, you can offer plenty of variety. If you are worried they will be too boring, dress them up by offering a few different salsas on the side to pour over them or dip them in.

Quiche Cups

The featured recipe uses ham instead of dough to make the base, cutting out the carbs. However, even if you do opt for authentic crust on your quiche cups, this is still a pretty healthy option. We prefer this one for brunch buffets, but it is great at any hour.

Salad Skewers

Salads can be messy, which means that those who would love to get in some greens at the buffet often choose to skip it. But these skewers make it easy to grab salad and show down. Plus, they are super cute and sure to impress.

Sweet Potato Pakoras

What is a pakora? Deliciousness. And this recipe makes them healthier than they are when you get them at your favorite take-out joint. These are easy to pick up and eat, making them ideal buffet food, and are super tasty to boot.

Do you have a healthy recipe you love to serve at family buffets? Share it with us in the comments.

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June 27, 2017

5 Healthy Dishes for a Family Buffet

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