Tip 2: How to get your guests to eat less?

Thank you for coming back.  Hope you are finding my tips for a stress free dinner party easy and most of all helpful.  Today, I am talking about how to host a healthier gathering. 

Did you know that research has shown that being able to hear the sounds that your food makes as you chew it, can help you eat less.  It’s called, the ‘crunch effect’.  The researchers from Brigham Young University are talking about the effect that comes from the sound of chewing, chomping and crunching your food.  Bottom line,  when you slow down, chew every bite, take in the taste, the physical appearance of your food and your beautiful ambience, you eat less.  With that in mind, I created this crunchy roasted vegetable salad, try it out and see if your guests are eating less. 

Tip 2: for table decor I suggest using items that you have around your home and repurposing.  For example, I used these candle holders from Halloween and reintroduced them here.  I really like the darker colors, mixed in with the white pumkins. 


Roasted Veg Salad
½ head of cauliflower
1 sweet potatoes
1 bag of mixed greens salad
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Dried cranberries
Sunflower seeds or I used toasted corn
Feta cheese (optional)

4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
¼ teaspoon of salt
Pinch of pepper

1.    Preheat over to 425 degrees.
2.    Place vegetables in a bowl, add and toss olive oil and salt and pepper. Spread evenly on a large roasting pan.
3.    Roast for 30-40 minutes, until veggies are  cooked through and browned. 
4.    Remove from oven and allow to cool
5.    Place salad in bowl, pour and toss dressing
6.    Arrange roasted veggies on top and garnish with dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and feta cheese