Are you having a New Year’s Eve party or potluck and a little tired of traditional holiday fare? I thought I’d give you suggestions for 13 healthy, delicious, and less-traditional recipes to make your 2013-welcoming shindig utterly fabulous!
The countdown (in no particular order other than ending with a dessert!) begins…
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 last year, along with the Quinoa Nicoise (in LTEV), and the Lemon-Rosemary Potatoes and Creamy Hummus (both from Vive le Vegan!) – HUGE hit!
10. Moroccan Phyllo Rolls with Balsamic Maple Sauce. Rather than make these entree size, follow the recipe instructions to adapt them for appetizer-sized rolls.
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 or romaine leaves (or collards, they are a little more assertive in flavor, so depends on your guests), or make into small 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 Truffled 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. What’s a party without hummus? Skip the traditional puree and try this sweet and smoky version.
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!
3. Jerk Chickpeas. Add some kick to your night! Double this recipe, have it potluck style with tortillas, rice, and avocado – you’re set!
2. Creamy Cashew Dip. Most folks are little tired of sugar-laden cookies at this point in the holidays. Why not try Creamy Cashew Dip with fresh fruit.
1. Frosted Brawnies. While folks are tired of cookies, I don’t think you ever tire of the brawnies! Or the Banana Nut Squares with Cream Cheese Frosting (also pictured) – I just made them for a get-together this evening!
These are all very ‘omni-friendly’ recipes too. I usually do not choose tofu or tempeh-based recipes when serving to guests, just to keep things more familiar. Here, you simply have really good food – made with really good ingredients.
Wishing you a blessed and Plant-Powered New Year! And, of course much fun for your NYs Eve parties. ♥
What favorite dishes are you making to ring in 2013?