How do you entertain? When we have people over, I try to make everything look great, but I don’t spend a lot of money on the food. Instead, I cook what I had planned to cook that evening anyways. We always have leftovers, so there’s never a problem of not having enough food.
Recently, I made Hamburger Helper (Lasagna) that night that we had two friends over for dinner and a board game. I added onions, zucchini, carrots, sliced mushrooms, a tomato (good in Texas if they’re cooked), and garlic powder (I forgot to add garlic, so I added garlic powder at the end) when I cooked the beef. That way, the H Helper had a lot more to help it out. I also served salad (romaine lettuce) with ranch and caesar dressing on the table, as well as shredded parmesan cheese for anyone that wanted to make a caesar salad. To round out the meal, I made a batch of brownies (1 stick butter, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 pinch salt, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and 1 egg, cooked for 20 minutes at 350 – recipe modified from Dining on a Dime).
A different evening, I made oven-roasted chicken (season chicken breasts with sodium-free garlic and heb seasoning, then throw them in the oven until they’re done), spaghetti, and brownies. I also served salad (romaine lettuce and baby carrots) with ranch dressing, sliced strawberries, and brownies. That evening, our toilet went on the fritz, so my husband ate after the plumber had left.
Here are some pictures of the table set-up from when I served spaghetti, chicken breasts, salad, sliced tomatoes (before the salmonella mess started), strawberries, and brownies:
Here are some pictures from another time when I made Hamburger Helper with added veggies (mushrooms, onions, and carrots):
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