Holiday Party December 2014

I wanted to share this easy holiday party menu, although Christmas is over, it would work for a New Year’s Party or any get together really.  I served this for a Holiday Party a couple weeks ago and am sharing the vegan/vegetarian options.  The best part – everything was super easy.  Eat, drink and be merry! Happy Holidays!

Party Menu:

Cheese Board

Kale Winter Salad

Vegan Pizza



For the cheese board, I put out a variety of vegan cheeses with grapes, apples, crackers, baguette, olives, mango jalepeno chutney and marinated veggies.

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For the marinated veggies, I sliced an eggplant, zucchini and red bell pepper and placed in a large mixing bowl, I sprinkled on salt, pepper, garlic powder and italian seasoning.  Next I drizzled on balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  I mixed all the veggies well and then cooked them on a grill pan.  They were served at room temperature.

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For the Kale Winter Salad, I used this recipe as a base, then multiplied it to fit my guests:  1 bunch kale, washed & chopped, 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans, 1 green onion chopped, 1 pear peeled & sliced.  Toss all in a bowl & sprinkle with salt & pepper.  Then dress the salad, (this could not be easier)  just drizzle on 2 TBS balsamic vinegar and 3 TBS EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil).  One last vegetarian option would be to top with blue cheese crumbles.

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For the Vegan Pizzas, I found a delicious vegan cornmeal-based crust in the freezer section of Whole Foods.  I spread some pizza sauce on the crusts then sprinkled on chopped mushrooms, onions, black olives then some italian seasoning & garlic powder.  I sprinkled vegan mozzarella cheese on top then baked according to the crust instructions.

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For the cookies/dessert, I made my Mom’s Italian Lemon Cookies, and my friends brought some others as well.

Mom's Italian Lemon Cookies.

Mom’s Italian Lemon Cookies.

And last but certainly not lease, the booze.  The signature drink was prosecco with 3 cranberries for a festive garnish.  Other popular drinks were High West whiskey and cider or ginger, and some fruity grey goose concoctions in the shot ski!

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My little party animal <3



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