This past Sunday I was very excited to participate in a fun dinner party, which focused on nutrition! A Back on My Feet runner, friend, and blogger, Ericka of The Sweet Life, invited me to join other fellow bloggers for a delicious evening. I was excited to learn a little bit more about the food that was chosen for this meal, as well as to meet new friends.
A DC Registered Dietician, Sarah, recently started up a small business- Why Food Works. She hosts dinner parties at customer’s homes, prepares them a delicious dinner, and teaches them about nutrition. To promote her new business, Sarah reached out to us and provided us with a free dinner, in exchange for writing about it on our blogs.
How it works: Where: Dinner parties are available around the DC area (within a 15 mile radius from city center) Who: minimum of 4 guests, maximum of 8 Price: $60 per person (the host receives 50% off); $8 per person for wine pairing How: all food, kitchen gadgets, utensils, plates and glasses included- you won't have to clean up!
Shortly after we all arrived, Sarah was ready with the appetizer and our first glass of wine.
First, she showed us how to prepare a healthier version of a ranch or sour cream dip. A more nutritious alternative is a Greek yogurt dip, with onion powder, garlic powder and chives. Check out Sarah’s recipe for the Guilt Free Ranch Dip, and be sure to include this when you serve veggies next time!
We snacked and enjoyed white wine while Sarah cooked- a perfect way to meet new friends! Sarah and Anne are both RD’s, so we picked their brains about nutrition (what’s a healthy breakfast, steaming vs. roasting, nutritious snacks, etc), and it was great to have Sarah there to answer any questions about how to prepare the meal. Yes, even food bloggers can learn new tricks!
Next up was the entree, which consisted of three parts: salmon cakes, risotto and roasted broccoli.
The Savory Salmon Cakes were made using canned salmon- an affordable meal, and with greens it had an excellent flavor.
It was topped with a goat cheese sauce that was phenomenal (goat cheese, milk, pepper mixed together)! Sidenote: Sarah also makes her own beautiful pottery!
I did learn something new- you can make risotto using steel cut oats! A great way to add more fiber to your dinner. This version included mushrooms, kale, garlic, onion and almonds.
Lastly, the Roasted Lemon-Garlic Broccoli was delicious, and I can’t wait to add that hint of lemon next time we make ours.
The evening ended with a No-Bake Coconut “Cheesecake”. With a raw approach, the crust was made out of almonds and dates. Meanwhile, the filling included Greek yogurt, coconut water, gelatin and coconut. Sarah prepped it before she started cooking the main meal, so it set and was ready to eat after dinner.
I still can’t decide what was my favorite part of the meal- I might have to recreate it and double-check! This would be a perfect meal to make when we have friends over for supper club!
For anyone in the DC area, I highly recommend Sarah’s Why Food Works dinner parties. The meal was delicious, easy to recreate what you’ve learned, and healthy. I enjoyed learning more about why certain foods were better than others!
I thought this would be a great way to spend an evening with friends, a perfect alternative to cooking or ordering food! Sarah has seasonal menus, or can alter various dishes to particular diets- and she’ll help you maximize nutrition by pairing foods. If anyone is interested, I’d love to do this again!
Thank you to Ericka for organizing this fun evening, and Amy for hosting it! It was great to meet new friends!