When you eat at a fancy restaurant, you’ll often instinctively balance your menu to maximise nutrition, flavour and satisfaction. When you entertain at home, you should aim for the same.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Stress Free Dinner Parties says “When you balance your menu, you will not only provide a satisfying meal but one that doesn’t leave people feeling ill at the end of it.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips to balance your menu:
- Rich with plain: While we all love richly flavoured foods, you tend to become cloying if that’s all you eat. Eating something plain brings a satisfying contrast that makes the rich feel more luxurious, for example, cauliflower in a four cheese sauce.
- Spice with bland: Similarly, something bland gives spicy food an added piquancy. For example, poached eggs with salsa.
- Dense with light: Variations in texture make chewing more interesting. Chewing activates salivary enzymes that help digestion, so encouraging chewing is good! Try a thick steak with salad.
- Snacks with substance: A meal made from snacks such as tapas or dim sum can leave your guests stopping for food on your way home. Include something heavier, like a casserole to fill them up.
- Protein and carbohydrates: You might be entertaining, but that doesn’t mean your meal shouldn’t be healthy. About half of the menu should be carbohydrates for energy, and about a third protein to build muscle and keep your body in full working order.
With Alexandria’s tips to balance your menu, you and your friends will enjoy a satisfying meal.
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