I had dinner last night while attending a work party. This party had a buffet-style dinner. (This weekend has involved more buffet-style meals than my usual weekend). They can be overwhelming, with all of the tasty options available, so it is important to approach buffets with a plan. If you don’t – you may very well end up with a plate loaded with rolls, pasta salads, and other high-calorie mixed dishes before you even know what happened. I’m certainly not suggesting one can not indulge in a few of their favorites, but it is easy to get carried away. My best tip: try to make your plate look like a dinner that you would serve at home, hopefully with a variety of lean protein and vegetables – not always the most popular dishes at a buffet table.
I had baked chicken, roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables, pasta salad, cucumbers with ranch dressing, and a roll for dinner. I had key lime tart, fresh strawberries, and a spoonful of smores casserole as dessert. Between the dessert plate (not a staple at my usual dinners) and dinner I probably consumed 1000 calories. It’s a good thing I am more active on weekends to burn off these extra calories!