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Help me plan dinner for company :)

Anyone want to help me with my menu? We're having FIL, FIL's gf, and B's g-ma over for an early-afternoon dinner on Sunday (oh, and maybe SIL too, if she graces us with her sour precense). G-ma hasn't seen the house since our move in day 2 years ago (whoops!), so I'd rather spend time showing her around than in the kitchn.

Also, FIL has high cholesterol and G-ma is diabetic, so nothinghigh in fat or too sweet.  I'm really afraid to push g-ma's sugar too high (she doesn't watch what she's eating as much as she should)

What I'm thinking so far:
Veggie tray and low-fat dip as an app. I can chop the veggies the night before or in the morning. Oh, and a plate of cheese & Crackers is easy too. FIL's gf has never sen our house either, so I expect them to be walking around more than sitting still.

Dinner:
-I was thinking of chicken&spinach stuffed shells, but with a marinara sauce instead of cream sauce to cut down on the fat. At least I could prep everything Sat night and then pop it in the oven when we're ready to eat
-Some sort of salad
-Loaf of fresh baked bread
-what else?

Dessert:
B's family ALWAYS eats dessert. But again, I'm worried about g-ma. Maybe some berries and whipped cream? Any other fabulous ideas?

Re: Help me plan dinner for company :)

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    lildiva1977lildiva1977 member
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    edited December 2011
    No help really, but everything you mentioned sounds fab!!
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    edited December 2011
    I think the main dinner sounds like enough with the shells, salad, and bread. As for dessert, I agree- maybe something fruity, like a parfait? Also, how about angel food cake? I'm not sure how much sugar is in that, but I always think of it as a lighter dessert.

    Your menu is making me hungry, esp. those shells- I have such a weakness for any and all pasta!
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    New_to_PGHNew_to_PGH member
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    edited December 2011
    Kim, I just googled - apparently fruit-topped angel food cake is a pretty common diabetic dessert idea. Thanks!
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    LaFemmeRousseLaFemmeRousse member
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    edited December 2011
    I think the menu sounds great!  I hope it's fun :)

    I've made something like this before for a light(er) dessert- you can always use less mascarpone and more berries:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/sweet-mascarpone-and-berries-with-marsala-recipe2/index.html
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    edited December 2011
    Mmm - that sounds delicious!  
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    edited December 2011
    Oh good, I'm glad I could help! An old family friend was diabetic, so I remember some of the foods we bought and made for get-togethers. LaFemme's recipe also sounds delicious!
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    edited December 2011
    oh! I dont really have any suggestions- but that already sounds so good! Hope everything goes well
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    edited December 2011
    mmm I am starving now. 
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    Er/jerEr/jer member
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    edited December 2011
    Is G-ma able to eat that much pasta?  Just asking because mine is diabetic and can only eat a very very small amount of pasta (really just has to watch her carb intake in general) in a day.  Hers is fairly severe, but wanted to throw it out there.

    I think you have plenty for dinner.  

    Here are two desserts I've made before for my G-ma and she loved:
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    edited December 2011
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    Er/jerEr/jer member
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    edited December 2011
    It went well, KR.  We got home and he drank a smoothie and took some meds.  And he's pretty much been passed out the couch since. 
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    edited December 2011
    That menu sounds good Jenn! I have a yummy sausage and cheese stuffed shells recipe from a blog on TN, and it only uses chopped tomatoes on top, instead of tomato sauce. Maybe that would help with the fat content?

    http://annies-eats.com/2009/02/27/sausage-and-spinach-stuffed-shells/

    I should mention the shells are really good, with sauteed onions and italian sausage, so you don't need a lot of sauce on top. (You could use a sausage veggie substiute to cut down on the fat too, they are not as bad as you might think!)

    The meal sounds great! What time should I come over? (I will fly in just for dinner, ha ha).


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    New_to_PGHNew_to_PGH member
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    edited December 2011
    JBee, you are welcome to fly over for dinner. In that case, I'll make sure we've got good wine instead of just the arbor mist g-ma likes to drink :P
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    edited December 2011
    Awww, hooray! Although we are lucky enough to have a liquor license here, and just stocked up on some wine and beer :-)

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