As we clue up 2013, I thank you for being part of this community. I value your engagement through comments and feedback, and also your support and generous compliments. Let’s enjoy much more plant-powered goodness in this coming new year!
Whether you are having a quiet night at home, or celebrating with a new year’s eve party, I have a vegan recipe round-up to make your evening delicious!
Here are 14 party food ideas to help you ring in a healthy, compassionate 2014!
The countdown (in no particular order other than ending with a dessert!)…
14. Wonder Spread. I just posted this one, so you probably don’t need reminding. Actually, maybe you do! Make it! It’s scrumptious slathered on some great artisan breads – or for baked potatoes. You could also thin it out and toss into quinoa or drizzle over broiled asparagus or steamed broccolini.
13. Rawesome Nut Dip. Serve it a bowl with crackers (raw or otherwise), or tucked into mini bell peppers, endive leaves, or cherry tomatoes. Or, use it as a filling for rolls for finger food (ex: baked mini phyllo rolls).
12. Creamy Artichoke Dip. I know I’ve talked about this one a lot, but that’s only because it is freaking amazing, and readers are LOVING it!
11. Falafels with Smoky Tahini Sauce. I served these for a holiday get-together one year, along with the Quinoa Nicoise (in LTEV), and the Lemon-Rosemary Potatoes and Creamy Hummus (both from Vive le Vegan!) – HUGE hit!
10. Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Croquettes with Pumpkin Seed Chipotle Cream These are so incredibly tasty, your guests will deem you some sort of flavor wizard that has revitalized their tired holiday tastebuds! Definitely a dish to impress (but not that difficult to make)!
9. Mini-Burgers. Take a favorite burger recipe, and make mini-patties, for sliders, or for dipping. Try Mediterranean Bean Burgers from LTEV, Nutty Veggie Burgers, Mushroom Pecan Burgers, or the now very popular Umami Almond Burgers!
8. Chickpea Salad Rolls. These are fresh and fast, and the salad mixture is a little like a mock tuna salad, but far lighter without vegan mayo. Roll in leafy greens like chard, romaine leaves, or steamed collards, in rice paper rolls, or make into more elegant finger sandwiches.
7. Moroccan Bean Stew. If you are having a cozy, homey New Year’s Eve and want a soup, this is one of my favorites. It is special and elegant enough to serve to guests, and is also delicious paired with breads with the Cashew Cheese from LTEV.
6. Vegveeta Dip. I need to say little other than – YUMMY! Mix in a few spoonfuls of salsa, and serve up with tortilla chips. Easy as that.
5. Cannellini Bean Sweet Potato Hummus. There is a hummus for every occasion! For New Year’s Eve, skip the traditional puree and try this sweet and smoky version. This recipe is a bit of a hidden gem, give it a try! Roasted Red Pepper Almond Hummus is another goody.
4. Kale Slaw. Even less adventurous foodie guests will enjoy this salad because the dressing coats the ingredients so scrumptiously! The 3-Bean salad pictured would also be a great potluck salad – so simple you could throw it together last minute!
2. Creamy Cashew Dip. Most folks are little tired of sugar-laden cookies at this point in the holidays. This dip is lightly sweetened, and pairs well with fruit. Also, those Softly Spiced Nuts peeking out in the bottom right hand corner make a fine nibbly New Year’s Eve party snack!
1. Easy, Healthy Dessert Bars. If you’d like to make a cookie treat, but want something healthier, opt for Frosted Brawnies, Raw Chai Bars with Creamed Cheese Frosting, or the new Vanilla Bean Almond Fudge. All will satisfy your sweet tooth, all very easy to make!
These are all very omni-friendly recipes too. Nothing too unusual for those new to plant-based dishes. Just some really good food… made with really good ingredients!
Wishing you a blessed and healthy New Year! What plant-powered dishes are you making to ring in 2014? xx