Top 10 Recipes for Holiday Guests

Here are my favorite recipes to make and serve when my house is full of guests! Many of them are made with all real ingredients, are easy to put together and satisfy most palettes.

Top 10 Recipes for Holiday Guests and Cooking

#1 – Crock Pot Chicken Brunswick Stew

Delicious, hearty, tomato-based stew that’s super easy to make. Just drop in the crock pot, wait 4 hours (on high) or 8 hours (on low), and it’s done!


Crock Pot Chicken Brunswick Stew


#2 – Potato Artichoke Cream Cheese Soup

This is another of my family’s favorite soups – creamy, rich and comforting. It’s perfect for cold, dreary and snowy days!


Potato Artichoke Cream Cheese Soup


#3 – Crock Pot Bavarian Roast

I love this roast because it has such a unique flavor with the apple juice and vinegar! So hearty, warm and delicious and it reminds me of beef stroganoff.


Crock Pot Bavarian Roast



#4 – Gluten-Free Cornbread and Coconut Tilapia and Veggies

Have any vegetarians or gluten-intolerant guests? Make them feel right at home with this fresh and very healthy dinner.


Cornbread and Coconut Tilapia and Vegetables - Gluten Free


#5 – Vegetarian and Vegan Three-Bean Soup

This is quite simply the easiest dinner we make in our house, and it so tasty to boot! And unlike a crock pot recipe, it only needs 10 minutes or so to simmer, but can simmer for hours if you wish. Perfect to feed the vegetarians, gluten-intolerant and even vegans in your life.


Vegetarian and Vegan Three Bean Soup


#6 – Multigrain Wheat Blueberry Waffles

There’s nothing like being a guest in someone’s house and waking up to the aroma of homemade waffles and coffee brewing. And these waffles have extra flavor, fiber and protein with the multigrain cereal and whole wheat, so they are guilt-free!

Whole Wheat, Multigrain, Blueberry Waffle Recipe

#7 – Multigrain Wheat Bread

This is by far my most favorite bread, and it fills up the whole house with the most delicious aroma! Treat and impress your guests with this delicious and nutritious bread.


Homemade Multigrain Wheat Bread Machine Recipe


#8 – Kevin’s Famous Guacamole from Scratch

This is my husband’s creation that he has worked hard to perfect, and I’d say he’s reached his goal! He’s the king of spicing dishes. This is the perfect dip to have out while your guests to munch on while they wait for the main course.


Guacamole Recipe from Scratch


#9 – Easy Million Dollar Chocolate Cake

This cake is SO delicious, and doesn’t have that too-sweet taste of store-bought cakes. It is also incredibly easy to make, so you can save time in the kitchen and actually get to spend time with your guests, all while treating them to some chocolate!


Easy and Real Chocolate Cake


#10 – Cinnamon Swirl Sour Cream Wheat Cake

This cake is near to my heart, as it is one my grandmother’s famous recipes. It is a delicious and creamy cake that could even be used as a breakfast pastry!


Cinnamon Swirl Sour Cream Cake

About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


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