52 New Foods Dinner Party Menu + Williams-Sonoma Giveaway

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This fun and easy dinner party menu features a bounty of spring favorites that everyone in your family will enjoy, picky eaters included!

I’ve had a few reasons to celebrate lately. First, it’s the start of spring (yay!) which means our farmers’ market is brimming over with vegetables that have been patiently waiting in the wings for warmer days. Asparagus and radishes, to name a few. I promise, East Coast friends, spring is on its way.

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Then, there are a few book related milestones that I took time to celebrate with friends. There was an IACP cookbook award nomination for The 52 New Foods Challenge. Just to be named on the list of top family cookbooks by The International Association of Culinary Professionals is an honor.

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And the launch of the exclusive edition of The 52 New Foods Challenge at Williams-Sonoma, along with our national series of family cooking classes and a special launch party at the San Francisco flagship store. It has been such a pleasure working with the amazing team of cooks at Williams-Sonoma to bring our fresh new way of cooking to life for even more people across the country. I am grateful for their support and dedication.

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Friends and family paired with great conversation and good food were are the heart of these get togethers. At each celebration, I featured a few of my favorite recipes from my book. What I love is that these simple dishes can just as easily be made for a fancy dinner party as they can be enjoyed on a busy weeknight after soccer practice. Below is the 52 New Foods-inspired dinner party menu I’ve been featuring this spring, along with recipes to get you started. Have fun mixing it up, and be sure to share your pics of what you make on Instagram with hashtag #52NewFoods. I always love to see what you’re cooking with your kids.

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52 New Foods Dinner Party Menu

Hors D’Oeuvres

Pint-size versions of our favorite spring recipes start the party.

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Mini Quinoa Burgers garnished with sour cream and green onions.

Get the recipe: Mini Quinoa Burgers

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Tomato Basil Mozzarella Pops always top the charts. So easy. And so yummy.

Get the recipe: Tomato Basil Mozzarella Pops

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Garlic Mushroom Toasts. Get the recipe in my book.

Main Dishes

I always serve up these dishes family-style, which makes it easy for everyone to enjoy a taste of what they like.

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Clay Pot Chicken made with bok choy. For vegetarians, you can substitute tofu for the chicken.

Get the recipe: Clay Pot Chicken

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Roasted Asparagus. This one is so easy. Toss the spears with olive oil and kosher salt and roast at 400 for about 10 minutes. Perfection. To take it up a notch, try the recipe for Roasted Asparagus with Ginger-Soy Glaze in my book.

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They may not qualify as a spring veggie, but our dinner party menu wouldn’t be complete without our signature recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chips. This is a rare shot of them plated. I usually serve them straight from the pan.

Get the recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chips


Dessert can be healthy too!

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The Chocolate Rocket
always makes an appearance at our family dinner parties. I love it because you can make it ahead, and top it with whatever seasonal berries you find at the farmers’ market. So yummy!

Get the recipe: Chocolate Avocado Pudding

A Special Giveaway

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Our friends at Williams-Sonoma put together a beautiful tote bag filled with treats to make your spring celebrations even more special. Enter to win this special gift that includes the exclusive Williams-Sonoma edition of The 52 New Foods Challenge and a Williams-Sonoma canvas tote. Contest closes Saturday April 4th, 2015 at 12:00am. Entries limited to US residents only.

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By | 2018-02-02T14:42:01+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Dinner, Other Good Stuff|25 Comments

About the Author:

Heralded by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution as “A mom and genius game creator helping kids eat fresh food!”, Jennifer Tyler Lee is an award-winning cookbook author, game creator, and healthy eating advocate. Jennifer has garnered national TV, radio, and print coverage for her family cookbook, The 52 New Foods Challenge, and her nutrition game, Crunch a Color®: The Healthy Eating Game. Jennifer’s work has been spotlighted by Jessica Alba, Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver, Laurie David, Rachael Ray, US Weekly, The 700 Club, and Oprah.com—among many others. Her fresh approach to cooking together as a family inspired a nationwide series of kids cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma, The 52 New Foods Junior Chef Series, along with an exclusive edition of her book. A former strategy consultant, she lives in the Bay Area with her family.


  1. Margot C March 28, 2015 at 4:50 am - Reply

    From what i have seen so far none of these foods are actually ‘new’ to me; new applications though! I want to make the Mini Quinoa Burgers garnished with sour cream and green onions. I was just eyeing one of my many bags of quinoa and wondering what to do with it. I am very excited about your book!

  2. Carolsue March 28, 2015 at 7:33 am - Reply

    I am going to try spiralized golden beets — if I can find them in the store!

  3. Jennifer Tyler Lee March 28, 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    You are hitting on an important point, Margot. New can be a familiar food prepared in a new way. 52 New Foods is all about experimenting and exploring and that includes taking some of our tried and true favorites and preparing them in a different way. That helps build variety…and it’s especially important for our kids. Enjoy the Mini Quinoa Burgers and be sure to let me know how you riff on them. – Jennifer

  4. iamalighthouse March 29, 2015 at 12:56 am - Reply

    I think I’ll try some sort of a fruity and fresh rice pudding!

  5. Laura m March 29, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I would love to try the clay pot chicken!

  6. brittany koelmel March 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I’ve never made fennel before, and this week I plan on giving it a try! I’m very excited:)

  7. David March 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    We have been experimenting with gluten-free foods lately, not because anyone in our family has a medical condition, but because my wife thinks is may be healthier. Many of the foods are indistinguishable from their gluten counterparts, but many that contain bread or breading are pretty dry.

  8. Ashley March 30, 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    We recently tried avocados and loved them!

    • Jennifer Tyler Lee March 30, 2015 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Awesome. How did you prepare them, Ashley? Our current fave is to blend them up into a decadent and creamy chocolate avocado pudding. My kids call it The Chocolate Rocket. I’ve been caught eating it for breakfast 🙂 #52NewFoods

  9. Susanna March 30, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    We are going to make a Vegetable Lasagna this week, it is our first attempt at making a meatless lasagna….can’t wait!

  10. Nicki March 31, 2015 at 1:19 am - Reply

    I just made a butternut squash and lentil soup in the crock pot a few days ago. It turned out great- and even better the ingredients were cheap! (1 bag of lentils, 1 lb butternut squash, onion, & carrots)

  11. Dianne April 1, 2015 at 5:34 am - Reply

    I recently cooked spaghetti squash carbonara..very good

  12. Amy Masterson April 2, 2015 at 12:19 am - Reply

    I am always looking for new ways to get my kids to try new foods. This book looks really neat and might give me some great ideas.

    • Jennifer Tyler Lee April 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      That’s great, Amy! I hope you’ll join us and cook one new food together each week. Did you see my recipe for Brussels Sprouts Chips? That’s a super easy place to start. Here’s the recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chips.

  13. Kenny H. April 2, 2015 at 1:03 am - Reply

    I plan to make wonton tacos for the 1st time this weekend. Hope they turn out!

  14. Greg April 2, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    My son is still working on eating solids, so we’re working with pureed peas, carrots and spinach.

    • Jennifer Tyler Lee April 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      That is the perfect time to work in new foods, Greg. One of my favorite soups that is perfect for toddlers is the Pear and Parsnip Soup from my book. Here’s the recipe: Pear and Parsnip Soup

  15. kathleen kiley April 2, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

    kelp noodles

  16. Karen April 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I just saw some baby bok choy at Whole Foods that I was thinking about trying! Will be recipe searching today so I can get some for the weekend!

    • Jennifer Tyler Lee April 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Love that, Karen! My kids love bok choy in my recipe for Clay Pot Chicken. It’s such an easy weeknight dish, that can also be featured in lunchboxes the next day. Hope you’ll give it a try. Here’s the recipe: Clay Pot Chicken

  17. itzia April 2, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    i’d like to try lentils.

  18. Holly E April 2, 2015 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    I plan to try asparagus this week, grilled with some salmon.

  19. Annette April 3, 2015 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I’d like to try grilling Romaine lettuce. While it isn’t a new food, it’s a new-to-me type of preparing it. I’d also like to cook radicchio – I’ve only had it raw, but recently found a recipe that requires sauteing it with onions then adding other ingredients.

  20. iamalighthouse April 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Has a winner been chosen yet? 🙂

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