I want you to have a rockin’ social life. But with a social life comes shared food. Lots of it. We just can’t help it. Every culture gravitates around sharing food. And lately, we’ve gotten into a trap where all of us want to bring the brownies.
Don’t turn on your oven.
Just bring fruit.
Fruit is welcomed by adults and kids alike. I promise that other parents will be thankful for your contribution and you will always go home with an empty bowl or platter.
Here are some quick things you can serve up at your next barbecue or potluck.
Behold, The Cheater Trifle. I’ve made elaborate trifles before. They require a lot of heavy cream and even more of my time. However, this cheater trifle borrows the concept of gorgeous layers, but all you do is layer different colors of ripe produce.
It’s a brilliant plan to turn a few heads and help your buddies get their 5-a-day. Bring a giant serving spoon and if you’re feeling crazy, some whipped cream for the top.
- 2-4 different ripe fruits with contrasting colors, chopped into bite-sized pieces (Think strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, honey dew, watermelon, yellow watermelon, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc.)
Layer fruit in a trifle bowl or a large clear glass bowl. Serve with whipped cream if you want to up the ante.
Next up, we have Fruit with Cookies and Cream Greek Yogurt Dip.This dip is decadent and yet super simple to prepare. (I feel really classy typing the word decadent.) It’s a healthier version of the typical cream-based fruit dips you’ll see at gatherings.
Cookies & Cream Greek Yogurt Dip
- 4 ounces of cream cheese (I use full fat because it has a cleaner ingredient list)
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, finely chopped (a few bigger chunks are totally fine)
- 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blend until you’ve reached a creamy consistency. Scrape down the sides a few times and you’re done. You can also use an electric beater. Garnish with a few shavings of chocolate. Serve with assorted colors of apple slices or strawberries.
Note: You can play around with the ratio of cream cheese to yogurt. If you need a sturdier dip, then reduce the amount of yogurt and try a ratio of 2 parts cream cheese to 1 part yogurt.