6 Good Looking Meals Sure to Please Guests

Channel your inner Martha Stewart and impress guests in style with our top tips for meals that please a crowd!

Cooking dinner for your new in-laws for the first time? Hosting the inaugural meeting of your new book club? You want to serve meals that will bring out the ooohs and ahhhs. The good news is that you don’t need to be a culinary school grad or cooking show guru to present your guests with dishes that taste and look delicious. Check out these six meals that are bound to impress your guests, and everyone will agree that you’re the hostess with the mostess!

Adding a bit of color to your meals is sure to amp up your presentation, so you’ll notice that many dishes below rely heavily on fruits and veggies to add a pop of color, along with a heaping portion of nutrient superpower! And, of course, they taste delicious, too. In fact, your guests may not believe you when you tell them how healthy these recipes are. These are the kinds of recipes you’ll be proud to serve again and again.

After all, serving praiseworthy meals for guests shouldn’t force you to cook up a helping of fat with a side of sodium! The dishes below are clean eating recipes that incorporate whole, unprocessed foods. Clean eating cuts out excess salt, sugar, and trans fats that sabotage your waistline and your guests’ health.

So what are you waiting for? You have a fabulous get-together to plan! When you serve the recipes below, you can be sure that you and your guests will enjoy a healthy meal that looks good, tastes great, and uses ingredients you will feel good about.

Luscious Grilled Shrimp Salad in an Avocado Shell

Luscious Grilled Shrimp Salad in an Avocado Shell

Shrimp dishes are elegant and feel like an indulgence. With high-protein, high-antioxidant shrimp, and heart-healthy avocado, this is a recipe designed to impress even the pickiest guest, and all in a decadent-looking avocado shell. Make this dish part of your lunch menu or serve it as an appetizer before a dinner entrée.

Skinny Lasagna Rolls(pictured above)

Individual-sized portions look great on a guest’s plate because it makes it seem as though you tailored the meal just for her. This dish twists the traditional lasagna recipe by rolling healthy ingredients into a whole-wheat lasagna noodle roll. Skinny Ms. Founder Gale Compton won the Today Show’s Kathie Lee & Hoda Joyful Cook-Off with this tasty recipe.

Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing

When you want fantastic meals for guests, put this recipe on your to-do list. The salad offers salmon, cucumbers, baby Romaine, and other veggies for a dish designed to please.

Better Than Takeout Pad Thai

When you want to serve guests a meal that’s far from traditional hosting fare, there’s no reason to call for take-out. With protein-rich chicken, plus spaghetti squash and carrots, this meal is big on taste and green good looks!

Linguine with Baby Arugula and Fresh Herbs

Linguine with Baby Arugula & Fresh Herbs

This is a tasty choice when you need a meal to impress guests. The focus in this light recipe is on the chopped greens and red tomatoes. They blend together to make a very pretty plate. This recipe is easy to play with, too, so feel free to add pine nuts, grated carrots, or other favorite veggies.

Asian Salad with Crispy Chicken

Bright orange carrots and crisp greens make this a colorful choice that looks and tastes yummy. It can serve as a lunch or a light dinner for you and your guests, and it has just 173 calories per serving.

If you need side dish ideas to impress guests, try Sweet Potato Salad with Blood Vinaigrette or Greek Rice Stuffed Peppers.

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