Love to Host,
but Can't Cook?

12 Meal Ideas You Can Serve Instead

FACT — You Don’t Have to Be a Good Cook in Order to Be a Great Host

For whatever reason, people tend to hesitate or completely avoid hosting others for dinner, because they can’t cook (or don’t like to cook). While they might appreciate and love eating good food, taking the time and effort to make it is not their cup o’ tea. Perhaps they’re too afraid to mess up the meal and risk embarrassing themselves (especially if their guests happen to be really good cooks themselves). They’re convinced their food will never live up to such high standards.

Maybe they’re right. Or maybe not?

Who says you actually need to prepare a meal—on your own, from scratch—in order to enjoy a lovely gathering with your guests?

You Don't Have to Be a Good Cook in Order to Be a Great Host — Quote by Jessica Brand from

We say, nah. Such an undertaking can be saved for those that truly enjoy the process of designing and putting an elaborate feast together.

Instead, we’ve created a bunch of fun alternatives to “preparing” a meal for your guests, without all the nerves and fears getting in the way. After all . . .

What is on the table doesn’t matter as much
as who is with you around the table.

May the following ideas spark your excitement and ignite enough courage for you to go ahead and plan a fun night in with friends. More importantly, may they liberate you from the pressures of what “tradition” deems to be good hosting.

12 Meal Ideas That Don’t Require You Cooking

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Don't Want to Cook? Serve a Peanut Butter and Jelly Buffet!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Buffet — Yep, you read that correctly. Any person who can hold a slice of bread in one hand and a knife in the other is more than capable of making a PB&J. Have fun with it by presenting a variety of spreads from different nuts and seeds. Same goes for the jelly selection. Pick out a couple of jams and jellies for your guests to choose from. Offer different breads or flour tortillas (PB&J roll-up anyone?). Or go a little crazy and add some bananas or potato chips to the mix. Not only is this type of meal easy to assemble, it’s actually really delicious (and you don’t have to bother with dessert . . . especially if there’s a container of Nutella on the table or Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s). Plus, this casual and slightly nostalgic meal will totally bring a smile to everyone’s face.

• Here are 10 Nut Butter Recipes you can play with.
• How about 10 Ways to Elevate the classic Peanut Butter & Jelly?
• Check out these 12 Different Ingredients for an even fancier PB&J.

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