Imagine a buffet table filled with potatoes, corn, and creamy macaroni. You won’t find much that you can eat on the HCG diet. If you or your guests are only able to eat a couple slices of turkey and a few celery sticks, you won’t going to feel too good about that. If you’re going to host a buffet, you might want to think about how you can make all your guests happy, even the ones on a HCG diet. Let’s take a look at several ideas that are perfect for those on a low carb or HCG Diet.
Crab meat, shrimp, or other seafood is a great way to add protein to your buffet table without adding a lot of carbs. Celery sticks are a very diet friendly way to serve cold protein dishes. Chop the seafood, mix with mayonnaise or cream cheese, and seasonings, stuff the celery sticks and you have a tasty, protein rich food that also provides some very good carbs. Or you can marinade crab meat or other seafood in an oil and vinegar dressing and serve in a ceviche style dish for something entirely different.
A hot alternative is to first roast your asparagus or other vegetables, then add cheese and wrap in the turkey slices. Now coat your turkey rolls with finely crushed pecans or almond meal, then lightly fry them and serve hot. And, don’t forget ham slices and prosciutto can also be used for wraps.
Since sweet potatoes are high in carbs, and sweet potato casserole with the marshmallow topping is off the charts, you may think you have to avoid this classic entirely. But, there are ways to make even sweet potatoes more diet friendly. Start by thinking small. You don’t want to eat even a cup of sweet potatoes on a HCG diet. However, by making little sweet potato fritters, using almond meal for the binder, you can enjoy a couple bites of this holiday traditional food without being too concerned. You may also want to temper the sweet potato mixture with a bit of pureed pumpkin to lower the carb count even further.
One option is to create a fun green bean wrap. Start by blanching your beans. Peel a large onion, and drop in the blanching water for a few seconds, just until you can separate the layers. Remove one layer, slice to lay open, then put some beans inside, add a dollop of cream cheese or goat cheese, and season as you like, then roll up and dredge in almond meal or crushed nuts. Lay seam side down on a baking sheet and bake in moderate oven, roasting until onion is nicely browned. Serve your little green bean casserole bundles hot with a little creamy dipping sauce.
There are tons of ideas for healthier buffet offerings at your next buffet. The idea is to look at the ingredients you can have on your diet in any entree or side dish, then get creative and pick apart the recipe. The best thing about a buffet is that everyone expects something a a bit different from a sit-down meal. So have a blast with it and enjoy!