24 Apr Here’s an Easy Dinner Party Menu that Delivers Health & Beauty Benefits
Want to host a dinner party that will be super easy for you and create fun for your guests? How about hosting a Chinese Hot Pot Party?
Chinese hot pot parties are easy, delicious, and engaging for your guests. And with a few easy recipe tips, you can also bring a mega dose of health and beauty to the party!
The Chinese Hot Pot Meal
If you want a unique experience, this one is it! Hot pot meals are considered the ultimate in communal cooking — they’re meant to be shared with friends and loved ones who want to gather together in the most social of meal experiences. We continue to hear stories of people making lasting friendships after sharing a hot pot meal.
You take a single burner or two, plug them in on a center island or table, and place pots of hot broth on the burners. The group gathers around, customizing their meal fondue-style. Thinly sliced meats, shrimp, and chicken; vegetables; and rice noodles all cook within 3 minutes in these communal pots.
With fine mesh strainers, slotted spoons, or hot pot strainer scoops (all of which can be purchased at Amazon.com or your local kitchen store), you can put the foods you want for your meal into the hot broth and allow them to cook. Your guests who are new to hot pot meals will be surprised by how fast everything cooks.
Serves 10–12 people
Broth (See Basic Chicken Bone Broth Recipe)
- 10 cups of basic chicken bone broth (make this well in advance to freeze and take out to thaw a day or two before the party, or make fresh one to two days before the party).
- 2 cups spiral-cut, julienned, or thinly sliced half-moons of yellow summer squash and zucchini
- 6 baby bok choy or 1 head large bok choy, thinly sliced lengthwise
- 1 head of broccoli, chopped up (use florets and save stems for future bone or vegetable broth)
- Pickled Ginger (optional – make yourself or purchase)
- Organic rice noodles (you can often get these gluten free, fast cooking noodles in your grocery or health-food store, and of course they’re available online; King Soba Organic Thai Rice Noodles is a nice option)
Meat, poultry, and fish
- 1 lb. chicken thighs
- 1 lb. beef eye of round, sliced thin
- 1 lb. jumbo shrimp
Hot pot meals are traditionally served with 3 – 4 choices. You can make your own or purchase them. Some options are:
- Wheat free tamari
- Soy sauce
- ½ cup toasted sesame oil (add a teaspoon each of minced garlic and chives, if you like)
- Aioli (homemade or store bought)
- German mustard (this is mustard and horseradish—you can also mix Dijon mustard with prepared horseradish)
- One or two single burners. You can use your stove if you like; it’s up to you! If you want to use burners, you can get them at your local kitchen store or department store, or from Amazon.com. They start at around $13 and go up from there.
- A deep saucepan for each burner (about 8- to 10-cup capacity)
- One or two stainless steel fine mesh strainers (OXO fine mesh strainers have a silicone handle and all stainless strainer, and these were our favorite hot pot tools).
- Optional: tongs, slotted spoons, or hot pot strainer scoops to scoop smaller things out of the broth; chopsticks for the meal.
Louise Hay, the author of the international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide. For more than 30 years, Louise has helped people throughout the world discover and implement the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. LouiseHay.com
Heather Dane, is a certified health coach specializing in applying functional medicine and nutrigenomics protocols to resolve chronic conditions . She has worked with many of the great minds in medicine, natural health, nutrition, and energy healing, and designs delicious recipes to nourish body and soul.