It’s party season, and whether you’re hosting the dinner party yourself or taking something to a friend’s place, you can do your part by taking a healthy side dish over. Make it your role to serve more vegetables and wholesome foods at the dinner table. We are not talking about depriving yourself or others from indulging in their favorite party foods, but adding some healthy options to the mix can help keep the balance and prevent everyone from blindly making poor food choices.

Chickpea Salad

chickpea saladThis chickpea salad with lemon, parmesan and fresh herbs is a fail-safe party pleaser. Chickpeas are a great source of fibre and protein, meaning they will help fill you up faster than normal so you don’t over consume unnecessary calories.

Spicy Maple Carrots

Spicy maple carrotsBoost your guest’s vitamin A and C intake with these deliciously sweet maple carrots. Kids and adults alike will love these because they combine hints of both sweet and spicy flavors, not to mention brightening up your plate with their vibrant color!

Broccoli Slaw

broccoli slawForget coleslaw with unnecessary amounts of mayonnaise! Broccoli slaw will provide you with your daily serving of greens while being much lower in calories and fat. Find the recipe here.

Beetroot Dip

beetroot dipThe color of this dip alone will make heads turn at any dinner party. Did you know beetroot helps regulate blood pressure, and prevent anaemia because it is an excellent iron source? Just remember to be careful when chopping beetroot or you will get red fingerprints everywhere!

Freekeh and Tahini Salad

freekeh and tahini saladMixing two classic Egyptian flavors will revive your oriental taste buds, and of course both these ingredients do wonders for your body too. Freekeh is an ancient grain with a nutritional profile similar to quinoa, and tahini makes an excellent nutritious dressing as it is so high in heart-healthy fats. Not to mention, they both go so well with all those tasty, roasted winter veggies. Find the recipe here.

Baked Parmesan Mushrooms

baked parmesan mushroomsMushrooms are an often overlooked ingredient, but when cooked right they can complement any meat source and enhance your main dishes’ flavors. They are perfect if you are short on time too, as they will only require about 25 minutes to whip up. Find the recipe here.