Gourmet Lunch for Family & Friends

photo by Jennifer N. Welsh

photo by Jennifer N. Welsh

I invited my sister and her friend over for lunch last Tuesday.  My sis, works close to where I live and her friend was in town to celebrate her birthday, New York City style, later in the week.  The sun was out and beaming in on us,  getting us ready and hopeful for the spring weather to come — my previous Green Plate post helped, I think. 😉

The Menu

Mixed Green Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins with Mango Salsa

Golden Brown Polenta

This plate was exceptionally green.  You will notice with some of the recipes they have additional yummies that make them not so green, like the mashed potatoes on top of the turkey meatloaf muffins.

For the salad, I just threw some salad items that I like together and then added the dressing.

Let me tell you something about that little Buttermilk Green Goddess Salad Dressing.  IT WAS PHENOMINAL!!!!  My sister and her friend wanted to drink it right out of the bowl and put it on everything, even non-food items — and with good reason! This was something special guys, so please… if nothing else, throw everything into a mini blender, regular blender, mini chopper…WHATEVER!  Just make it!  🙂

I promise you won’t be disappointed, especially if you like using fresh herbs in your meals.   It was as if all the garden herbs were bursting in your mouth carried by the light creaminess of the buttermilk.  It seemed to enhance all the sweet and savory flavors of the meatloaf muffins and crisp golden brown cornmeal of the polenta.  You are going to want to curl up with this dressing on a pillow and hug it tight.  Definitely the star of the meal.

FYI…I used light mayonnaise instead of regular or fat-free, but there are so many varieties of mayonnaise out there that you can see where you want to save some expensive calories and fat.  The mango salsa, I simply picked  that up from my local grocer to save time and for the polenta, I used the one in the tube so I had nice clean-cut disks.

Overall, this meal was sick good, so grab the ingredients and make it so you can DIG IN!