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Healthy, Easy Potluck Recipes for Summer Parties

Try these affordable, healthy and easy potluck recipes for your summer parties and get-togethers.
By Natural Home & Garden Staff
May/June 2012
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The red color of the beets gives these beet burgers a hearty burger feel.
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3 Tips to Plan a Perfect Potluck

Plan your next neighborhood potluck with these helpful tips.

Summer parties and outdoor gatherings always seem like a great idea, especially because planning a meal with others should be a great way to save money. But it can be hard to find recipes that feed many and cost little. Even harder is showing up with something nutritious that even the most hard-core hot dog and hamburger aficionados will want to eat.

We’ve selected some affordable, healthy and absolutely delicious recipes from a few of our favorite cookbooks. All of these healthy potluck recipes feature fresh ingredients, can be doubled or tripled easily, and will be lovely served cold or at room temperature. For even more ideas for big gatherings, you can order these stellar cookbooks at the Natural Home & Garden shopping site.

Easy Potluck Recipes

Beet Burgers Recipe 
Lemon-Parmesan Asparagus Spears in Phyllo Recipe 
Simple Green Bean Salad Recipe 

Plan a Waste-Less Picnic

It can be hard to reduce waste when your event isn’t within a stone’s throw of a recycling bin or dishwasher. Use these tips for a more conscientious gathering.

1. Make your contributions to the meal from locally grown, sustainably raised foods.

2. Bring reusable or recyclable dinnerware (check out Verterra and EaternalPlates) for yourself or for everyone.

3. Bring reusable water bottles and coolers. Find some at Sigg and Klean Kanteen.

4. Bring old sheets to act as tablecloths.

5. Bring separate bags for trash, recyclables and compostables, and label them clearly.








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