A great bonding experience in the office over the holidays is coming together to eat and share your food. Potlucks offer a time to chat, relax, swap recipes, and get to know each other better. And may even help you beat some of that holiday stress.
If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.Cesar Chavez
So much of our lives revolves around food. And these times not only fill us physically but can fill our hearts too. Even so, the holidays are also a busy time. With so much to do, making food for the office can seem like just another overwhelming task on your to-do list. But fear not: today we are sharing three quick and easy holiday potluck dish ideas that will have that item checked off in no time.
Turkey and cranberry pinwheels
A traditional combination gets a new and easy twist. These pinwheels are easy to grab or serve with toothpicks or skewers. Roll them up and then serve them in the shape of a wreath, Christmas tree, heart, or star for a fun holiday theme.
- Cream cheese
- Flour tortillas
- Dried cranberries
- Sliced turkey breast
- Baby spinach leaves
- Directions here
Thanks to Amanda Finks of The Wholesome Dish for the recipe. And remember that you can also use feta cheese for a different flavor, and green tortillas for more color.
Herb rice with parsley and cranberries
Rice has been a staple in many cultures for centuries. You can dress it up and dress it down. This recipe most definitely dresses it up, but there’s nothing complicated to the method. And you can make a large batch of rice in your rice cooker or pressure cooker in minutes.
The herbs and cranberries add beautiful color that is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. We have Midwest Living to thank for this recipe.
- Rice of your choice
- Dried basil
- Salt or instant chicken bouillon
- Dried cranberries
- Fresh Italian parsley
- Directions and details here
Festive green and red pasta salad
A potluck classic, pasta salad is easy, fast, and delicious. A real crowd pleaser! This recipe from Fabulessly Frugal uses green beans, red peppers, green onions, and radishes for flavor and pops of delightful color. As the blog name suggests, it’s budget-friendly too.
- Gemelli pasta or pasta of your choice
- Fresh green beans
- Italian dressing
- Red bell peppers
- or Parmesan cheese
- Green onions
- Pine Nuts
- Full details and recipe via Fabulessly Frugal here
For even more color, you can add shredded carrots too. To save on your budget you could choose between either the dressing or mayonnaise instead of using both and leave out the pine nuts.
And if you don’t know what to do with your leftover turkey, be sure to check out this turkey and provolone panini. Delicious. And now for some bonus tips to make your potluck a hit!
Use high-quality containers
Whatever food you choose, be sure you have food containers to transport it and let coworkers take some home so you don’t have too many leftovers in your fridge.
Connect with coworkers
While great food is essential to any good potluck, remember that it is the people and the relationships built that offer lasting value. Enjoy the celebration together. Connect.
Bring the supplies
Decorate to celebrate
Decorate with colorful tablecloths and try some holiday decorating DIYs. You can also play festive music and add in some sweet surprises for everyone to take home.
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Cheers to a healthy, relaxed, and blessed holiday season in the office and beyond!