Our care group, a small group of families from our church, gets together every Thursday night. But if there is a 5th Thursday, we have a pot luck. January, was one such month! As the pot luck planner, what to do?!
I’m actually not quite sure how I came up with the idea, just a craving I guess! This month’s pot luck was called Meatball Madness. Every family brought a different type of meatball. Which made the night like a taste testing and it was so much fun! To keep in the round theme, I made round desserts, Oreo truffles and what we call Healthy Balls.
Now, I am trying to think of a new idea for the next month, I believe it’s May. Some of the men are thinking steak… not sure if they will be willing to fork over their hard earned cash for it ;)
Tonight is our last ladies’ care group meeting for a while and to celebrate we are having a Salad Dinner before the meeting starts. I’m pretty bummed about these meetings ending! Here is what I’m serving: (Some are non-dairy)
Mediterranean Cucumber Cups Rachael Ray
Ingredients 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped 1 vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and, finely chopped 1/4 cup black olives, pitted and chopped 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano 1/4 cup fresh feta, crumbled 1/2 cup parsley, chopped Salt and ground black pepper Juice of 1 lemon plus 1/2 tablespoon zest 2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 English cucumbers, seedless
Preparation In a large mixing bowl, mix together the onion, pepper, tomatoes, olives, oregano, feta, parsley, lemon juice and zest, and EVOO. Season with salt and pepper, and reserve.
Peel the cucumbers partially, so it has 4 stripes of skin going down the entire length of the cucumber. Trim the ends of the cucumbers and cut each cucumber into slices 3/4 of an inch thick — you should have about 20 pieces. Scoop out the center of each slice with a melon baler, leaving a shell of flesh. Scoop about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the Mediterranean salad into the cucumber cups and enjoy your refreshing bite-size snack!
These are so yummy! I made them for different ladies’ meeting and they were a hit. I will post some more of the recipes from the other ladies’ in our group.