Having people over for dinner takes a lot of preperation but is something I love to do. With everyones busy schedules of work, kids, pratices, church and meetings it can seem impossible to get dinner on the table for our own family let alone guest. I have found a few “hacks” to make this happen and thought I would share them with you.
This is one of my favorites to do when I am low on time but having people over for dinner on a weeknight. One of my favorite store is The Fresh Market. I buy all of my meats there and on occassion I buy pre-made things there. Another favorite of mine is Costco. They have pre-made meals also.
The Costco meal feeds 4-5 people for $16.00. The Fresh Market meals feed 2 people. You also have to prepare the Fresh Market meals but it is very quick.
To make my dinner look more homemade I remove the Chicken Alfredo from the store packeage and put it in my own dish.
I followed the instruction on the package for baking time and that was it! Since I love entertaining I set my table with dishes, napkins and silverware before anyone arrives. I also make an Italian olive oil for dipping the bread in that I bought at the Fresh Market. The Fresh Market will slice your bread for you in the bakery area. Warm this bread in the oven for a few minutes before serving.
While the Chicken Alfredo bakes I shred cheese and make dipping oil. I shred my own Parmesan cheese, cut up fresh garlic and add a little of each of the seasonings. You can’t mess this up! I place this on the table next to each plate.
I added a salad and there you have it! A weeknight dinner made for guest in under 30 minutes!
I did make homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies the day before for dessert but if you don’t have time for that, look at these beauties you can buy at The Fresh Market:
Just put the dessert on your own platter and serve.
I hope this helps you to see how easy it can be. And yes, I do usually make everything homemade myself but in this day and time we need simple, quick and tasty!