7 Easy Potluck Recipes Every Nurse Should Know

By Nurse.org Staff Writer    

Let’s celebrate Anne’s retirement they said.  Just bring a little something to share they said. It will be fun they said. Right. Let’s face it. Potlucks at work can make an already stressful job worse.  

After a full day of angry patients, code-browns, and barely having time to wolf down granola bars for sustenance, cooking for your colleagues is often the last thing you want to do.  Honestly, do you even have time to cook for your own family?  

But you can already feel the judging eyes of your nurse manager when you bring in that sad platter of cookies from the supermarket down the street.  Before you start wondering how to get someone else to cover your shift, try one of these easy-yet-impressive potluck recipes.

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Martha Stewart’s Puff Pastry Cheese Straws. Gotta give it to Martha, these simple yet elegant variations make it easy for nurses to grab a bite and marvel at your culinary prowess.

Antipasto Salad. Doubling as the ultimate pantry cleaner, this recipe never fails to impress.  Serve along with some crusty italian bread and you’ve got a dish that will have everyone saying Mangia!

Maple Bacon-wrapped Shrimp. Four ingredients - that’s all it takes to make this delicious and beautiful dish.  And because they’re baked, you can cook them all at once.

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese. This recipe starts with uncooked macaroni.  Throw all the ingredients in at the start of your shift and it will be perfect when party-time rolls around. Top this with some crunchy fried onions, fresh herbs, or even bacon to really push it over the top.

Gingerbread Pinwheel Cookies. With the use of two types of refrigerated cookie dough, these amazing sweet bites require only three ingredients.

Easy Smoked Salmon Dip. Combine this dip with some gourmet crackers - the kind in the deli section, not the ones in the cookie aisle. 

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. Trying to eat lean, clean, and vegan?  This recipe is all that and delicious too! 

Feel like going free-style for your next potluck?  Make sure you check out 8 Tips for Surviving A Nurse Potluck.

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