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Can you help with a menu for our dd's first birthday. We'll probably just have family and close friends over (no more than 10 adults and around six kids).<br><br>
Do you serve your good food to people that don't care?? We were thinking hamburgers b/c it's easy. Should I make good hamburgers or just get meat from the store?? What about buns?? Sprouted or just the cheapo ones??<br><br>
What sort of side dishes?? Could I do my own chips?? Maybe potato salad?? What about drinks??<br><br>
I prefer not to have tons of crap but I also don't want to waste my good NT food on people that could care less and will probably leave our party to go home and eat something from a box.<br><br>
And what is the best idea for a cake?? I haven't tried any of the NT cake ideas. I guess we would have a small cake for dd (super healthy) and then something else for everyone else (ideally not a supermarket, sugar filled cake).<br><br>
Any suggestions???
 

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Among our friends and family it is totally normal to do a potluck for these kinds of events. I always cook NT stuff using my "good" food but since it is a potluck I dont have to cook for everyone.Many of our friends are on board with the whole real foods thing, but some are very much not so, this way every one is taken care of. ( ususally most of the crappy stuff is still left, and all my food is gone, makes me feel good...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> - and then we can sent it back home with whoever brought it...<br><br>
For the cake for both girls I made it myself, using a flourless carrot/nut flour cake recipe from paleofood.com They loved it....<br><br>
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Thanks. All of the family would be traveling two hours to the party so I don't want to ask them to bring something. I don't mind making food, I'll just do something simple and cheap, they will understand.<br><br>
The cake idea looks good. I will check that out.
 

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I feed people the same way we eat. If it's a matter of time and not being able to process tons of amounts of food, I cheat a little from the market. But i don't buy cheapo junk for others and eat the good stuff myself.
 

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I can understand that. I will have to pick and choose what healthy options I can afford.<br><br>
I know I want to make both cakes myself so those will for sure be healthy. As far as the rest of the food, I don't want to offer junk like chips and soda but I don't want to use the small amount of beef or chicken I am able to buy from my farmer to feed them. I may just get the no horomone/anti-biotic meat from the grocery store and serve that.
 

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I know what you mean, basically you want to prevent good food waste and I am all for that. With the ground beef you could make hamburgers or sloppy joes, have a salad or veggies with dip, and fruit salad. Chips and salsa is also an option. Or you could make homemade pizza with a good cheese and healthy toppings.
 

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As for drinks you could get some 100% juice concentrate and dilute it with club soda/water so it has a fiz to it and then add some lemon and lime slices to it.
 

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Thanks!!! I'm loving the chips and salsa idea. The recipe in NT is sooooooo good. I need to be on the lookout for cheap tomatos. I don't think my plants will be producing enough in time.<br><br>
I think I'm going to do the drink idea too. I don't think people will love it but I'm not serving soda in my house. I guess I could do tea sweetened with maybe honey.
 

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I just started making my own soda for those rare occasions I want one and I love it! My husband likes to mix alcohol and seven up sometimes for a drink in the evening, so I convinced him to buy all natural fruit juice based soda instead of corn syrupy stuff. Then I got this idea to make my own - here's what I do: I juice about half a lemon or lime, I juice about a one to two inch piece of ginger (I do this by putting a peeled piece of ginger in my garlic press and pressing all the juice out), and then mix those juices together with about about 2 tsp of raw honey. I finish it by adding mineral water with natural carbonation, and it is DELICIOUS! My husband was so impressed, he said he'd pay $5 to drink something like it in a restaurant. I only drink a glass or two a week (usually on the weekend), and I don't feel guilty because I'm getting vitamins and minerals in it. I'm thinking that the ginger in it might help with nausea when I'm pregnant!<br><br>
I don't know how you would make it into enough for a party, but I bet there's some big batch recipes out there.
 

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Do you do homemade ice cream? That's always fun, and for cost you could just buy organic heavy cream instead of raw ( but still better than store bought as you could use maple syrup or succanat).<br><br>
Applegate farm organic hot dogs are good.<br><br>
You could get the whole wheat buns (not complete junk but would go over better and cheaper than sprouted).<br><br>
For a party, we got Italian sausages from the local Italian butcher (not choice meat, but he doesn't use nitrates or anything), grilled them, and cut them up and served them with toothpicks and hot mustard from Trader Joes.<br><br>
Meatballs in sauce in a crockpot or something is always a hit at parties (and Ikea meatballs are yummy--conventional meat but only three ingredients).<br><br>
We also did a party with fondue that went over really well! I made the bread from the "New Innovations..." thread with both whole wheat and white flour, cheese from Trader Joes which is at least hormone free, cut the bread into cubes as well as apples and pears, and people put the fondue on their plate (instead of the traditional spears around the pot). It was fun!
 

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I think I'm going to do the drink idea too. I don't think people will love it but I'm not serving soda in my house. I guess I could do tea sweetened with maybe honey.</div>
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Oh, also, I have this recipe for "El Gando" I can type up if you want. My mom always made it for big parties. It is ground beef with taco seasoning, tomatoes, and yellow rice. You use it like you would taco meat in taco salad (all the traditional taco salad toppings), and I have modified it easily using my own spices instead of my mom's packet and making my own yellow rice with brown rice and saffron and spices instead of the box from the store. I'll type it up if you are interested. The rice makes the meat spread far, and most people like it, and it buffets well.<br><br>
Also, in the America's Test Kitchen cookbook, they have recipes for flavored syrups to add to teas (like people cook add the syrups they want). I am sure you could make the syrup with succanat, and it would also work with the carbonated water for sodas (we used to use the junky kind to flavor coffee and make our own sodas mixing it with gerolsteiner in our past life with avoiding hfcs was enough<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh, also, I have this recipe for "El Gando" I can type up if you want. My mom always made it for big parties. It is ground beef with taco seasoning, tomatoes, and yellow rice. You use it like you would taco meat in taco salad (all the traditional taco salad toppings), and I have modified it easily using my own spices instead of my mom's packet and making my own yellow rice with brown rice and saffron and spices instead of the box from the store. I'll type it up if you are interested. The rice makes the meat spread far, and most people like it, and it buffets well.</div>
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Yeah I would love to know what spices you add. We love Tacos!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just started making my own soda for those rare occasions I want one and I love it! My husband likes to mix alcohol and seven up sometimes for a drink in the evening, so I convinced him to buy all natural fruit juice based soda instead of corn syrupy stuff. Then I got this idea to make my own - here's what I do: I juice about half a lemon or lime, I juice about a one to two inch piece of ginger (I do this by putting a peeled piece of ginger in my garlic press and pressing all the juice out), and then mix those juices together with about about 2 tsp of raw honey. I finish it by adding mineral water with natural carbonation, and it is DELICIOUS! My husband was so impressed, he said he'd pay $5 to drink something like it in a restaurant. I only drink a glass or two a week (usually on the weekend), and I don't feel guilty because I'm getting vitamins and minerals in it. I'm thinking that the ginger in it might help with nausea when I'm pregnant!<br><br>
I don't know how you would make it into enough for a party, but I bet there's some big batch recipes out there.</div>
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I think that sounds really good. DH isn't a huge ginger fan but I could fool around with it and find something he likes.<br><br>
Thanks so much for all the ideas!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2">
 
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