Wow the Crowd, Working Moms, with These Easy Potluck Recipes

Whip up these quick dishes for your next company potluck

Prepare for the potluck
Prepare for the potluck. Getty Images/Ross Durant Photography

Potluck recipes originated as easy-to-make dishes for people to bring to get togethers.  Together these dishes create a smorgasbord of a meal for the party's attendees. In most cases, potluck recipes result in fun, easy meals that taste great and can feed a large amount of people. 

Potluck parties have become popular in the U.S. workplace.  They have also tend to add a bit of stress to a Working Mom's life adding one more thing to that to do list.

 To help plan ahead find a "signature" potluck recipe that you can make effortlessly and then always keep the ingredients in stock.  Whenever a potluck sign up in posted you can confidently put down your "signature" potluck meal that your co-workers will look forward to eating and you will look forward to cooking.  When they take a bite of that delicious meal you can made in a blink of an eye they'll always ask you to make it.  You'll feel that your time and effort is appreciated t, 

Creating your own potluck recipes

The only essential ingredient for potluck recipes is that they're easy to make. In many cases, potluck recipes are created at the last moment with the products available in your refrigerator, freezer and cupboard.  But when you keep your key ingredients in stock to make that signature meal it'll leave you feeling confident and less frazzled while cooking it.

If you find yourself creating your own potluck recipe, keep in mind the number of people you want to feed, and then increase the ingredients proportionately.

If you're creating potluck recipes from scratch, be sure to jot down the ingredients so you can ensure a repeat performance next time.

Use these recipes to feed the family, too

As a Working Mom you may have little time to cook elaborate dinners during the work week.  This is especially true when you arrive home to extremely hungry kiddos demanding dinner as soon as you walk through the door.


A quick solution to this problem is to use your favorite potluck recipe as an easy main courses or side dish for family meals.  It's an added bonus if you happen happens to have a company potluck the next day!  You can double the recipe and save the left overs from dinner for the next day's potluck (score!).  

Some favorite potluck recipes

Potluck Veggie Pasta.

Veggie pasta is a great dish to bring to either a dinner party or a weekend brunch. It can also work for a school function, since kids love pasta in tomato sauce. Feel free to add chicken if your party includes carnivores. Get the veggie pasta recipe.

Potluck Healthy Tacos

Who doesn't love tacos? This potluck recipe works best for a smaller group of people, since you have to assemble each meal individually. It's perfect for hosting a dinner or going to a relative's house. Get the turkey taco recipe.

Potluck Potatoes and Eggs

This recipe is ideal for brunch gatherings or breakfasts for your early-rising hockey players or swimmers. Just remind your athletes not to eat too much right before they exercise, so they don't cramp up. Get the potatoes and eggs recipe.

Use these time-saving potluck recipes, or create your own and make meal-time easy.


Edited by Elizabeth McGrory