Have a Healthy Holiday Party with Meatless Monday

December 12th, 2011

‘Tis the season for holiday parties! Whether it’s the office potluck, a quick get together with friends or your traditional family gathering, you’re sure to encounter plenty of indulgent foods this time of year. There are lots of excellent healthy and mindful eating tips out there, but one of the easiest ways to avoid overindulgence is to simply surround yourself with delicious, good for you options.

Thankfully, you can start your holiday meals right with the help of produce-packed meatless appetizers. We’ve selected some favorite winter hors d’oeuvres from our own recipe collection as well as a selection from our Meatless Monday partners. These creative starters are sure to be a hit with your guests, whether they’re trying to eat healthy or simply want to savor the season.

Add a little holiday flare to your chips and carrot sticks! Try Curry Hummus with Raisins for the perfect blend of sweet and zesty, or bring a seasonal surprise to the table with Pomegranate Guacamole.

Serve up healthy, inspired versions of classic finger foods in a snap. Root Vegetable Samosas make the perfect appetizer when paired with a festive cranberry-pear sauce. You can also try Avocado Egg Rolls for an unexpected twist on a party staple.

Need a nutritious snack that will please adults and kids alike? You can easily cook up these Spiced Sweet Potato Fries, complete with a pumpkin seed yogurt dip.

Craving even more hors d’oeuvres ideas? How about Greek Nachos from The Food Network or Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms from The Christian Science Monitor?

You can also sample one of five meatless appetizer ideas from Women’s Health Magazine, or check out Meatless Monday blogger Ezra Pound Cake’s impressive list of 30 Vegetarian Party Foods.