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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Can't Cook? Make a Layered Taco Dip instead.

Layered Taco Dip — I don’t consider this cooking. It’s more like arts + crafts, but with real food. Make one large dish or smaller individual bowls for each guest. In addition to tortilla chips, offer those little sweet peppers for dipping. This with some frozen Margaritas makes for a complete well-rounded meal.

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