Old Fashioned Apps

Old fashioned apps, you know, appetizers instead of applications.  I love appetizers and getting to eat a little bit of a variety of things instead of a lot of one thing.  I do love the efficiency and simplicity of one pot meals, so we do eat quite a bit of those, but grazing on appetizers over a couple of hours is quite the treat for me.appetizerappetizer

Our Christmas tradition is to have a nice big dinner on Christmas Eve and then snack our way through Christmas day with brunch foods in the morning and appetizers all afternoon and evening.  How I’d love to live with that laissez faire attitude more often, though in reality the actual food and prep was all planned out, just not the timing.

With all of the Super Bowl and Olympics viewing in the next few weeks, below are ideas of apps to enjoy  while watching (or day dreaming about other stuff in the general direction of the tv).  While still plant based, many of these apps are not low fat and should be consumed only occasionally.

To further support your low fat plant based lifestyle, remember the golden rules of party-going:

1. Eat and hydrate well before you go

2. Take food that you can enjoy guilt free


Black Bean Dip, Guacamole, and Baked Tortilla Chips

Spinach Dip

Carmelized Onion Dip

Roasted Chickpeas

Kale Chips

Raw Veggie Tray (snow peas, sugar snap peas, green beans in addition to carrots, celery, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower) and Hummus

Fruit Tray or Fruit Skewers (seasonal fruit)

Fruit Dipped in Dark Chocolate or Pomegranate Bark

Organic Edamame (all soy should be organic or non-GMO project verified)

Homemade Sushi (avocado and cucumber, roasted sweet potato and portabellos, etc)

Faux hot dogs or sausages wrapped in phyllo or dairy-free crescent rolls (spread dijon or spicy brown mustard down the center before rolling up) and sliced into bite-sized pieces before serving

Boiled Peanuts (MYO or buy a large container and reheat in your crockpot for a more authentic presentation)

Raw or Dry Roasted Nuts


For the big game, we enjoyed organic edamame, potato skins, boiled peanuts, watermelon, roasted okra, roasted chickpeas, guacamole with celery and baked tortilla chips, and ‘chicken’ and waffles.





Photo Credit: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appetizer



  1. Catherine says:

    Thanks so much, Karen, for taking the time to comment!! I love getting feedback on the recipes and posts. My kids prefer sweet, so I will sometimes brush the acorn squash with orange juice or a tiny bit of maple syrup or agave, whereas M would probably like acorn squash with lemon juice or lots of herbs. Here’s my favorite squash recipe, mainly because it tastes like dessert: http://simplyeatplants.com/recipes/vegetables/fig-pecan-squash-casserole/

  2. Karen Tharrington says:

    (sorry, couldn’t find where to leave a comment on the recipes themselves)

    I tried the stuffed squash recipe (the one with the acorn squash and wild rice). It was fairly easy to prepare and I was happy that my dish looked like your photo! I was worried that it wouldn’t fill us up, but surprisingly, it did (although my husband still had a bowl of Cap’n Crunch later in the evening…)

    I liked the combination of dried fruit with wild rice, and the roasted almonds were a nice touch. I baked the squash for about 45 min. and it was easy to remove and looked beautiful. However, we found it to be lacking in flavor so I think if I were to make it again, I might try to see how to give the squash some flavor. Going to have to Google it, since I don’t do much with squash on a regular basis and if I do, it has meat 😉