Dinner parties always seem like a great idea. Good food, good company, no corkage fees, no need to even leave your home… but if you’re the host, they can also be super stressful. Often, you spend half of the day prepping, things get delayed, and you inevitably have to hide in the kitchen when guests arrive. Not to mention sometimes that beautiful recipe you found on Pinterest ends up looking anything but, and tasting mediocre at best. And just like that, going out to dinner feels well worth the splurge—financially and sanity-wise.
But there’s no need to throw in the towel for good. Hosting a dinner party can be a blast. These 19 fancy-looking but super-simple dinner recipes are proof.
Broccoli, bell pepper, and spinach may not be your average enchilada filling, but sometimes the tastiest meals come from the least expected combos. Plus, you’ll get bonus points for surprising your guests. Double the recipe for a big group (or for leftovers), and make the sauce in advance to keep things easy the night of.
For those who love a little meat, use rotisserie chicken in place of the black beans. For those looking for even more veg, add mushrooms to the veggie mix. Serve with extra napkins and don’t be shy about licking your plate.