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Batty Bites

Batty Bites

Batty Bites

 

 

I love this time of year and I know I have mentioned how much I love Halloween. I found this super adorbs simple party fun recipe on All You Magazine. These are the kind of appetizers that everyone will enjoy and you won’t have to spend forever trying to get them right! I also like that they are simple enough to incorporate into other holidays. Add some fun shaped pretzels/crackers/treats and make them reindeer antlers or make a top hat and it can be a leprechaun! You can play with the cheeses and use different colored sesame seeds, nuts, cracker or chip crumbs to compliment the cheese ball. You can also make monster bites or witches maybe vampires and ghosts! Soo much fun! Get creative!

 

 

Ingredients:

1 (4 oz.) package organic cream cheese, softened
8 ounces soft, organic goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup organic pesto
2 tablespoons organic coarse ground black pepper
2 tablespoons organic poppy seeds
8 organic pitted black olives, sliced
32 organic whole pepper corns
32 triangular organic tortilla chips (blue is fun but any color will do)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mash together cream cheese, goat cheese and pesto.
2. Let chill for 40 minutes.
3. Shape mixture into 16 2-inch balls.
4. Roll in black pepper and poppy seeds to cover.
5. Press two olive slices into balls for eyes
6. Place peppercorns in centers for pupils.
7. Insert chip on either side of ball for wings and serve.

Vegetarian Crescent Roll Taco Bake

Vegetarian Taco Bake

Vegetarian Taco Bake

 

I know I have mentioned probably one too many times how much I love Mexican food. Now that it is apparently football season and I am forced to spend time with people who are obsessed with the sport and the only thing that gives me a modicum of joy is making fun party food. Most of these football fans are terrified of vegetarian foods but I am on a mission to change that.  This comes with a warning however……do not surprise meat eaters with vegetarian meats without warning.  Often times if people aren’t used to eating vegetarian meat it has an effect on them and not warning them is just mean and cruel to them, you  and other party people.

Ingredients:

2 Crescent Roll Tubes
1 LB Ground Vegetarian Meat
1 Packet of Organic Taco Seasoning
1 1/2 cups Grated Organic Cheddar Cheese
Shredded Organic Lettuce
1 or 2 Diced Organic Tomatoes
1/2 Small Can Sliced Olives (optional)
Fat-Free Organic Sour cream (optional)
Organic Sliced Avacado (optional)

Instructions:
1. Lay out the two tubes of crescent pastry, thick sides in. Use some of the left over crescent rolls to to make the center a bit thicker.
2. Season and cook the vegetarian meat. I often add vegetables like grated carrots, onions, peppers ect. to my vegetarian meats.
3. Lay “meat” in a circle inside of the laid out crescent rolls.
4. Add cheese to the top
5. Pull over crescent rolls and tuck in under meat and cheese.
6. Follow the cook time on the crescent roll package.
7. Let cool slightly or add a small dish in the middle then add cheese, lettuce, tomato, black olives,
sour cream and anything else you want, in the middle as.

Eco-Chic Party Tips

Eco-Chic Events

Eco-Chic Events

 

 

This article was written by our fave guest blogger and one of my closest friends Danielle Mosley! She wanted to share some excellent tips for hosting eco-chic parties in 2012.
Even though the holiday’s are over there is still a full year of events left to be scheduled!
Here are some simple tips on throwing zero-waste “eco-chic” parties:

1. First things first are invitations.
The easiest way to send an eco-friendly invite is an Evite. There are so many sites doing that these days so you can find the perfect one. Try Evite.com or Stationery by Amy Adele.You can also make your own invites out of things you have from around the house or find items such as recycled card stock at your local craft store. You can be original with the writing by using cut outs from a magazines or even images and make the invite a game to figure out, left over ribbon from the holidays, buttons, you name it!  Be Creative and have fun with it! Guests appreciate when the host goes out of their way and personalizes the party.

2. No matter the size of your party you are going to notice a pile up of trash from plates and cups to straws and cutlery. Skip the plastic and try reusable flatware. Plenty of places also sell biodegradable utensils and flatware, even napkins. Like these Bamboo Plates, Biodegradable Trash Bags or these Biodegradable Paper Straws.

3. Next is décor…you can deck out the whole party with biodegradable goodies like balloons and crepe paper steamers Make your own confetti with scraps of paper from your amazing homemade DIY invites. You can make a pretty amazing centerpiece with magazine flowers . You can even create a mini version of this for a party favor for your guests. Use clean vegetable cans, decorate the outside with a solid piece of recycled paper and decorate in a similar fashion to the invites. If your event calls for real flowers please make sure to buy them locally, make sure they are organic like OrganicBouquet.com.  If you keep bottles and jars like i do you can use them as vases or votives and make cute take aways for your guests as well. If you use candles safely you can save energy and since it is winter if you cook your food and plan arrival times can keep your venue warm without having to turn on your heat.  If you have to use party lights make sure to get energy saving bulbs, no need for your bills to sky rocket just because you want to have fun!

4. Next are food and drinks obviously. I know you know to go local and organic which is easy enough now many local groceries have their won organic or natural sections. In some areas it isn’t as easy to find organic wine or liquor. One of my fave organic wine retailers is OrganicWineCompany.com or you can try Crop Vodkas or Prairie Vodka. If beer is more  your style then try Eel River`s Certified Organic I.P.A .
If you are unsure what kinds of apps and fun food to serve you can always check out our receipe section where I have plenty of fun food for the greenie in you! Also keep in mind if you use all organic foods and biodegradable flatware, cups, utensils you can throw it all to be composted.

Apple Pie Dip

Apple Pie Dip

Apple Pie Dip

 

 

Dip Ingredients:
2 cups peeled, cored, and diced organic apples
1 1/2 teaspoon organic fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 teaspoons organic brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons organic apricot preserves
1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon
2 teaspoons organic raw honey

 

 

 

 

Chip Ingredients:
5 (6-inch) organic flour tortillas
2 tablespoons organic butter or vegan substitute, melted
1/2 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons organic brown sugar

Directions:
1.Combine all the dip ingredients in a bowl, then cover with foil and bake in oven until soft at 350 or 400 degrees. Check on them repeatedly to make sure the apples don’t get mushy. You can leave the foil off for a few minutes to toast the top.

2. Once the apples are finished cooking you can ether serve them warm or put the apples in the fridge to chill.

3.Brush the tortillas with butter, then cut them into wedges.

4.Arrange the wedges on a greased baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 350º F until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let them cool before serving.

You can add Different fruit preserves or some fresh sage or cloves to switch up the taste, even pecans! This is a simple, delicious and healthy alternative to desert dips. When you are already pigged out and over stuffed it is sometimes nice to add something healthy to the mix.

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Gravely Scary Veggie Party Platter

Gravely Scary Veggie Party Platter

Gravely Scary Veggie Party Platter

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh organic spinach (you could use artichokes or any other green veggie you want to mix with the hummus)
10 ounces organic plain hummus
Organic Broccoli
Organic Celery
Organic Kale (or Kale Chips)
Organic Pretzels
Hard-boiled organic eggs
Fresh Mozzarella Balls
Organic Crackers (any type you prefer)
Organic large black olives
Organic carrot sticks
Edible Black Marker

Instructions:

1.In a food processor, puree the spinach and hummus together. You can use plain hummus to keep the dip the normal sandy color hummus usually is or get crazy and add a fun colored vegetable to make your grave yard floor.

2.To make the ghosts you can use either hard boiled eggs or mozzarella balls, cut the black olives up into the desired features for your ghosts and then simply place on to your egg or mozzarella ghost.

3. Use an edible marker to turn crackers into tombstones. If you have cake decorating tools and have a fine icing tip you can use a vegetable puree to write on the tombstones. It is easiest to write on the tombstones first before placing them into the dip.

4. Once you have all of the components made and ready put your hummus into your desired display dish. Leave the dip uneven like real ground would be. Stick in your broccoli, celery and/or kale trees and bushes in first. Then carefully place the tombstones lastly ghosts. Get creative and add other things like maybe edible bats made out of cut out pieces of pumpernickel bread. Get as spooky as you can!

5. Once everything is in place use the pretzels as your fence to outline your graveyard. You can use pretzel flats or good old twisty pretzels! All of it make for a gravely delish snack that will wow party attendees!!

Berry Mice to Eat You

Berry Mice to Eat You

Berry Mice to Eat You

 

 

Seriously how cute is this. What a great way to keep your children interested in heating healthy?! It is an even better way to spruce up any old cheese plate for a party. Keep this recipe in mind for Halloween parties or even children’s birthday parties. You can always dip the mice in a fruit dip or chocolate dip.

1 Package of fresh organic strawberries
1 Handful organic almond slivers
1 Organic string cheese
1 Handful of mini carob, peanut butter or chocolate chips
Spoonful of organic peanut butter
Wedges of your favorite cheese

1. Wash all strawberries thoroughly.
2. Slice the strawberry so that it can lay flat on the plate.
3. Take your mini chocolate, carob or peanut butter chip into the front of the strawberry to make a nose. Use some peanut butter to help it stick if necessary.
4. Use stick 2 more chips above the nose to make eyes. You can also add tiny dots of peanut butter to the eyes or just use peanut butter instead. (you can substitute the pb with cream cheese, fluff, or fruit dip if anyone has allergies or just doesn’t like pb.)
4. Stick 2 almond slivers above the eyes to make ears.
5. Make a whole in the back of the strawberry to add the tail. Pictured above they have used licorice but I thinks string cheese is a much better option and a little more fun too.
6. Cut your cheeses into small wedges and place on the plate with your Mice. You can add other fruit when serving as well like grapes and bananas.

Save the Children Evergreen

BBQ’d Grapes

Now that it is summer and our BBQs are out it is time to find fun new creative things to make! I found this recipe after searching for fruit skewers Barbecue Grapes. This recipe is simple and quick for a snack, for cheese pairings or even for an appetizer at your next BBQ!

Ingredients:

* 1/2 pound organic grapes, separated into small clusters
* 3/4 teaspoon Zoe Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* 1/8 teaspoon Pacific Salt Organic Fine Sea Salt, 16-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)
* Simply Organic Black Pepper
* 1/4 cup low-fat organic yogurt (any flavor you prefer)
* If You Care 100% Recycled Aluminum Foil

Directions:

Make sure the barbecue has been burning for a while. The grapes cook quick so too much heat will burn them fast. Arrange grape clusters in a single layer on aluminum foil or if you have a wood block or pizza stone . Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Turn periodically to make sure all sides get browned. Cook until the skins are slightly crisp but the grapes are still soft and juicy inside, about 10-15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, with yogurt for dipping. You could also dip in honey or as a topping for frozen yogurt. The grapes would also go nice cooked with or as a garnish for a grilled fish dinner.

Macaroni Salad

Ingredients:

1 pkg Olive Nation pasta (any shape you prefer)
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise or Nayonaise
1 small bunch of raw organic broccoli
1 small bunch of raw organic cauliflower
1 stalk of organic celery
8 pcs of raw organic carrots
1 tsp organic yellow deli mustard
1 tsp Frontier organic veggie pepper
1 tsp Frontier organic garlic powder
1 tsp Frontier organic parsley
1 small organic onion, finely chopped
1 package of Frontier Organic Creamy Dill Dip

Directions:

Cook pasta according to the instructions.
While pasta is cooking start to chop all the vegetables to the size you prefer. I prefer to chop them as small as I can. Once all the vegetables are chopped mix in the cooked pasta. After making sure all veggies and pasta are well mixed put 1/4 of the package of the Frontier Creamy Dill Dip , garlic powder, veggie pepper, & parsley and mix again thoroughly. After all ingredients are mixed then put mustard and mayo on the pasta and mix again. Taste test to make sure you don’t need to add more spices mayo or mustard. After all additions are finished I usually put the salad in a tupperware bowl with a lid and shake up the salad until I think its perfect. Then I put the salad in the fridge to cool. After about 30 minutes you can remove and serve.
Some other ideas to change up your macaroni salad are maybe adding hard boiled eggs, peppers, olives, cheese, peas, pickles, hot cherry peppers, or jalapenos. Maybe experiment with different pastas like ravioli or tortellini and add grilled chicken, tuna, turkey pepperoni, sliced turkey, tofu or maybe salmon. You have a never ending variety of items to change up your summer salads. Tell me what your favorite ingredients are!

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