Relax…this fresh, flavorful menu is practically stress-free
You don’t need a lot of time to pull together a satisfying evening of friends, family, and great food—you just need to relax.
The menu I’m proposing here is very relaxed—no individual appetizers, a main dish that’s all in one bowl—and it’s full of the fresh spring flavors that we’re all craving about now, yet it still has some substance to counteract any lingering chill of winter.
It starts with an easy-to-make spread of goat cheese with lots of fresh herbs, lemon zest, olive oil, and a dash of white wine for tang. For the main dish, serve a salad of fresh greens and herbs cradling succulent slices of roasted chicken breast, carrots, and asparagus. The chicken and vegetables should be served slightly warm but not hot, so there’s no rush to the table with this dish. Pair a warm, crusty loaf of garlic-Parmesan bread with the salad, and dinner is served.
Dessert is fun, delicious, and dead-easy it’ll take you only a few minutes to pull off. It’s a riff on the Famous Chocolate Wafer Refrigerator Roll (the undisputed favorite at my house growing up). In my version, you just crunch up the cookies and fold them into raspberry-swirled whipped cream.
If you have a couple of hours before your friends are coming over, you can easily concoct this entire menu. But if you plan ahead a bit, you can get the first course and dessert finished a day ahead, leaving just the salad to make before—or as—your guests arrive. And that’s a reality anyone can face, relaxed and refreshed.