What are you making this festive season while you have friends and family over? I know that this topic tends to be stressful for many – it’s boring if you serve the same thing you’ve been making for the last few years, but then again who wants to try something new when they already have so much going on. This round-up of healthy party snack ideas features recipes that are tried and tested. These will work well even for picky crowds – they’re healthy, delicious and make for a beautiful, abundant table setting.
Make a tapas station with these mediterranean dips and sauces, crunchy carrot and cucumber sticks, slices of red and yellow bell peppers, pita chips and toasted bread. Put these three together and you’re all taken care of: romesco dip is a roasted red pepper dip that’s spicy and tangy. Hummus is universally appreciated when made well – get all the tricks to getting that restaurant-quality hummus. And for a healthy spin on hummus, this beetroot hummus‘ color will brighten up your table. P.s. they’re healthy, filling and also vegan.
Chickpea Harissa Dip
This chickpea harissa dip is quick. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve with something crunchy. It’s spicy, creamy and goes with just about anything. Put everything in the blender and you’re ready to go: 1 cup cooked chickpeas, 1/2 red bell pepper (roasted at 220C for 20 minutes), 2-3 cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp Harissa paste (make your own or buy it readymade at Sprig), juice of 1/2 lemon and salt.
BREAD & GRAINS
Bruschetta 3 ways
A classic dinner party appetizer, bruschetta is fairly easy to put together. In this recipe, I shared three ways to make bruschetta – classic tomato and basil, herbed mushroom and spicy parsley. Get the recipe here.
Creamy tahini, zesty spiced chickpeas, crisp parsley and briny feta on a toasted pita bread? You can’t go wrong with this one. Get the recipe here.
Spinach and Millet Burgers
This spinach burgers in a millet base make a filling, hearty snack. If you’re anticipating making more snacks vs. main dishes, this one is a good option. Get the recipe here. You can even use quinoa instead of millet.
If you want to include a couple of different cuisines, these tofu skewers are easy because they use pre-made red curry paste. It’s as easy as marinating, baking and serving with a sweet chili peanut sauce.
Three Layered Mexican Dip
Authentic Mexican food at home is actually pretty easy when done right! Instead of vertical layers, this three-layer dip of refried beans, salsa and cheese is concentric so there’s a whole lot of everything in each bite instead of having to fish and dig to get to all three layers.
- 180g/1 cup cooked kidney beans (rajma)
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- ¼ tsp asafetida
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2-3 tbsp cheese
- 1 tomato, finely chopped
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2-3 tbsp of cilantro, finely chopped
- Salt to taste
- In a pan, sauté the asafetida in oil for 1-2 mins.
- Add the remaining ingredients and 3-4 tbsp of water. Allow to cook till the water is almost completely evaporated.
- Blend in a mixer.
- For the pico de gallo, combine the tomato, onion, cilantro and salt.
- Layer the refried beans and salsa concentrically.
- Top with cheese.
- Serve with tortilla chips and fresh veggies.