Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, or just a Saturday night dinner party, It’s such a joy to gather, talk, laugh, and share food with our nearest and dearest…except when it isn’t. Last-minute shopping, elaborate menus, and picture-perfect table settings can leave you bone-tired, stressed, and cranky.

This year, we invite you to slow down, take a breath, and truly enjoy your event. Check out these 5 easy tips from SupperWorks.

Beware the Magazine Menu: Do you really want to tackle 8 new recipes? Unless you’re blessed with scads of free time and you TRULY love being in the kitchen, enjoy the gorgeous photos in the magazines, but stick to one or, at most, 2 new recipes.

“Potluck” Means that the Host Makes 1 Less Dish: Be honest, have you ever asked a guest to bring a dessert or a salad and then made them yourself anyways? STOP!

Save Spring Cleaning for Springtime: Just saying.

Everybody Eats, So Everybody Helps: Give everybody a job! Working together in the kitchen strengthens family bonds and makes guests feel like family. So chop, stir, toss, carve, and clean TOGETHER!

Get Help! At SupperWorks, we shop, wash, chop, test recipes, and clean up so You Don’t Have To! For more information about how SupperWorks helps busy people eat well – every day and on special days – visit www.supperworks.com

Here’s an easy, make-ahead salad, featuring Ontario-fresh broccoli and tomatoes. Perfect for your next gathering around the dinner table!

Crunchy Broccoli and Feta Salad (4-6 servings. Doubles easily)

500 g/1 lb broccoli florets

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. white vinegar

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 tsp. each salt & pepper

1 c. grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

1 c. crumbled feta cheese

Steam broccoli until bright green but still crisp, about 1 min. Drain.

In a large bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.

Toss in broccoli, tomatoes, and feta.

Cover and refrigerate until dinnertime! Enjoy!

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