If you are vegan, chances are you have non-vegan friends. The only time that this becomes stressful is when you are going out to eat or when you have friends over to your house.
If you know me, you know that I am obsessed with Halloween. For years I have wanted to have a Halloween party, but never officially planned anything. This year is different. We are hosting a Halloween party at our house with some friends and we will be the only vegans (and only non-meat-eating people) there. I want to have great food (not just great-for-vegan-food) at my party that even our guests will enjoy.
Here are some ideas for great food that works for vegans and non-vegans alike:
- Vegan Chili – What is better than sweet potatoes, tomatoes, celery, and a bunch of other veggies in a chili on a cool night? Nothing. Not to mention it’s a crockpot meal that you can set up and forget about for hours as you go about decorating for your party or mingling with guests. I will be posting our vegan chili recipe next week.
- Hummus – I love hummus and there are so many flavors to choose from. One of my favorites is crushed red pepper hummus which is not only delicious, but is also a really awesome orange (Halloween themed) color. You can use it as a dip with your favorite vegetables such as carrots, celery, and green peppers. You can make this yourself from chickpeas in your food processor/blender or you can purchase it at your local grocery store. I usually buy a huge tub of it from places like Aldi or Wegmans because we eat so much of it.
- Salsa and guacamole – Who doesn’t love salsa and chips? It is one of my guilty pleasures and has been for years. One of my friends from nursing school used to send me photos whenever she was eating salsa to tease me because I love it that much. You can always make it yourself or buy it from your local grocery store. Guacamole is another awesome dip that is great for parties. Guacamole is made primarily from avocados which is an awesome source of healthy fats that are important in a whole food plant-based diet. I love to make my own guacamole. I will be posting a guacamole recipe in the next week or two. This dip goes great with corn chips. You can even buy festive orange and black corn chips to go with your theme. (I found some of these colored chips at our local Wegmans)
- Popcorn – Buy the kernels, pop them yourself, and sprinkle some nutritional yeast over top of it for a buttery/cheesy taste. This is a great snack idea that will be familiar to non-vegans and easy to make. If you want to be a little extra, buy some small festive Halloween paper bags at the dollar tree for guests to fill with popcorn or trailmix or whatever other snack you want to have at your party.
No matter what food you have at your party, remember to take a deep breath and enjoy your time. Plan ahead and do what you can before the party, so when your friends get there you can just sit back and have a Spooktacular time.