I wander through that kitchen of mine.
Yes, she glares at me and then mocks me, along with the used scrapbook “store” I own.  She mentions that I am supposed to be making ten minute dinners every night, and yet the oven is stone cold, except for remnants of the frozen pizza crust left behind.
This last month hasn’t been indicative of the warm, cozy, slow paced holidays I’ve come to demand, no, fight for, in our home. It’s been a whirlwind of teenagers schedules (and a few of my own things penciled in too). Along with that whirlwind comes a lot of chauffeuring time when I dream about all the festive food creations that I attempt in my mind.
I’m hosting quite a few things at my home over the next few weeks and so I’m narrowing my list to festive foods which don’t require a lot of prep time. Most of us love to have healthier options at parties. It gives us this feeling that we can eat four Christmas cookies, which will then be offset by our one broccoli spear, so why not make those Veggie Platters perfect for your Christmas parties.
Many of you were inspired by the awesome Christmas Tree Cheese tray that we had at my party last year. I shared it as a great Christmas Eve Food idea,  so I thought just a few more easy options were in order. I’ve seen many that are gorgeous, but the assembly time required was excessive. These are the kind of ideas that whip up quickly, do not require an oven, and your guests will thank you for a healthy option.
A broccoli and tomato “tree” with pretzel “trunk” and cauliflower “snow” are delicious dippers for a cool and creamy dip. Yes, Betty Crocker  finds us another faithful idea.
Does it get any easier than this? Buy the precut, prewashed veggie assortment bag and you are set to go in minutes.
Good Happy Day 
I love fruit trays, and if you are going to go through the work of washing fruit for the guests, then why not admit that this presentation makes these trays adorable.
Little Wonder’s Day 
Christmas Tree shaped trays can be found in most grocery stores this time of year or at most yard sales in the summer. (Think ahead for next year. ;))
Kitchen Fun 
What healthy options do you tend to serve at parties?
I’d love to hear.
 Are you being inspired by others in the kitchen this week? I can’t wait to see what you are sharing with us all for Tasty Tuesday Parade of Food. (Link up, link back here in the post or it won’t accept the link, visit others and spread the love.)