A charcuterie board is one of our favorite no-cook family dinners. It’s simple to put together, everyone in the family can pitch in with assembly, and all 5 food groups can be represented effortlessly. Here are some mix-and-match options for each food group.
Hummus, cured meats, smoked salmon, and nuts bring filling protein to your board. We also love adding leftover meat or seafood like shrimp or thinly sliced steak.
Cheese. Need we say more? Rich in calcium, and irresistible to even the pickiest diners. From spreadable cheeses to sliceable cheeses, from soft-ripened cheeses to crumbly cheeses, dairy is a star of our boards.
We love including a rainbow of healthy vegetables. Fresh sliced peppers or roasted red peppers from a jar. Fresh cucumbers or jarred pickles. Crunchy radishes, carrots, snap peas, or celery. Belgian endive is a fun item to include because kids can fill them like a boat! And leftover vegetables like green beans also make an easy addition.
Sweet fruits like grapes, berries, apples, peaches, cantaloupe, pomegranates, kiwi, dates, figs, or persimmons pair perfectly with the savory ingredients on your board. There are also non-sweet options like creamy avocados and briny olives which both deliver healthy fats. And who can forget the tomato – fruit or vegetable, we love adding them to our boards.
Grains and Starches:
Bread, crackers, and chips are easy grains and starches to add to your board. We also love adding thick, hearty slices of leftover baked sweet potato for a more nutrient dense option.
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