Prepping for Potlucks: 7 Favorites Lightened Up for Summer

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Potluck dinners are the best kind of dinners. You get the opportunity to impress guests with your own dish while also poking your fork into all of theirs. In that way, potlucks are the perfect places to find new recipes, experience new dishes, and serve new people, but that doesn’t mean the events don’t come without their own challenges.

When you’re cooking for yourself and your family and friends, you control exactly what goes into your dinners. Allergic to dairy? Skip it. Can’t digest gluten? Find replacements. Watching your calories? Lighten up your dishes. Everything’s manageable, but if you are planning to go to any events this summer where you’re not in charge of the food served, then all bets are off.

But that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on attending those fun summer flings — it’s simply all about your planning. If you have a dietary restriction or want to resist indulging in a decadent dish in the next couple of months, make sure your contributions to potlucks this summer are a healthy ones. Pick a dish that is easy on the taste buds and easy on the waistline, and you’ll be sure to be serving a crowd favorite.

If you’re at a loss for potluck dinners that taste good and are good for you, too, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up seven dishes you can bring to community events that won’t make your neighbors or your neighbors’ pants sizes hate you. You might not have the sweetest dish at the party, but you’ll win in many other categories.