Healthy Happy Simple Holiday Party Menu! Part 3

That time of year, snow flurries, shopping, lights decorating streets, shops and homes, the festival of lights for us Hannukah- celebrators, holiday cookies and treats galore, holiday parties left and right… so… much… food! But at least when you throw your own holiday party, or bring a dish to one, you can make healthy yet delicious choices in your creation(s).

We throw an annual latke/holiday party every year, and are no exception to food, fun and friends! Over the years I have gathered some recipes to make our party food delicious and not-so-naughty for you, check it out!

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Holiday Party Menu

Drinks:
– Holiday citrus punch: *ingredients: fresh squeezed oranges, orange zest, lemon-lime flavored seltzer, vodka, slices of oranges and lime to garnish

Appetizers:
– Parmesan kale chips: *ingredients = big bunch of leafy kale, olive oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, tear off large leaves of washed kale onto a cookie sheet, sprinkle lightly with olive oil, salt & pepper. Toss with tongs and cook for 15 minutes. Sprinkle parmesan as soon as they come out of the oven, let sit a few minutes then serve.
– Homemade trail mix in small bowls (to disperse throughout party room): *ingredients = raw almonds, raw cashews, dried cranberries, dark chocolate chunks, choice of raw seeds 
– Caprese salad mini kebabs: *ingredients = mozzarella cheese ball, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, toothpicks
Chop mozzarella cheese into 1/2 inch cubes, cut cherry tomatoes in half and layer cheese, tomato, and basil leaf on toothpicks
– Bean dip and tortilla chips: *ingredients = can of black beans, salsa of choice, fresh corn kernels, chopped cilantro, favorite tortilla chips
Rinse beans, combine with other ingredients and serve with tortilla chips.

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Mains (aka multiple latke recipes!):
– Classic latkes: *ingredients = 3 large peeled & grated potatoes, 2 eggs, 3 tbs flour, salt, vegetable oil (optional chopped onion)
Mix ingredients together (except for salt), form into small patties and lightly fry (you can judge your comfort level with the oil), flipping until each side is golden brown. Layer on paper towels and lightly sprinkle with salt. Serve with applesauce or sour cream!
– Baked sweet potato latkes: *ingredients = 2 peeled & grated sweet potatoes, 1 egg, 2 tbs flour, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, mix ingredients together, place on a cookie sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes, flip and bake on other side for another 5-10 minutes for desired crispiness. Serve with cinnamon applesauce!
– Gluten free latkes: Same as classic latke recipe, except substitute cornmeal for flour 🙂
– Kale latkes: Same as classic latke recipe, just add 1 cup of finely chopped kale to the recipe

Desserts:
– Apple crisp minis: *ingredients = pie dough of choice, 2 peeled and cubed granny smith apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup melted earth balance, oats, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 425 degrees, place cups of pie dough in muffin tin. Place mixture of apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour in the cups. Top with a mixture of oats, second 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour, maple syrup and earth balance. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy top!
– Fruit display: *ingredients = blackberries, raspberries, persimmons, kiwis, etc, coconut cream
Arrange fruits elegantly, provide a bowl of coconut whipped cream on the side with toothpick to spear and enjoy 🙂

Party favors:
Homemade kettle corn in bags, so easy and fun to make! Also easily dyed with food coloring to make bring and happy bags!

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