From Christmas gatherings to New Year’s Eve parties, entertaining at-home during the holidays is always a fun affair. But, more often than not, these holiday parties seem to be filled with unhealthy snacks and sugar-laden treats.

Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

To help you and guests stay healthy, yet still enjoy the holiday season, in collaboration with GOODFOODS, today’s healthy holiday entertaining guide shares recipes for two tasty vegetarian appetizers that are both festive and flavorful.

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Not only are these vegetarian appetizers filled with flavor, they’re also healthier options to serve, as they are high in vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. Plus, they require minimal prep-time and are easy to make, which simplifies your life and makes hostessing that much  more enjoyable.

Appetizer Recipe: Christmas Tree Chips

The first recipe features GOODFOODS Tableside Chunky Guacamole as the featured ingredient, smeared on top of baked Lavash bread, and topped with vitamin-rich red bell peppers, alongside crispy bread sticks. To make a festive holiday-inspired display, these guacamole-topped chips are presented in the shape of a Christmas Tree.

Your guests will be happy to know that this good-tasting guacamole contains only natural ingredients, like hand-scooped Haas avocados, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and fresh lime juice. Lavash Bread is a heart-healthy Armenian flatbread that’s not only good for you, but very versatile, making it a healthier option. Bell peppers are not only rich in Vitamin C, they also contain phytochemicals and carotenoids, which have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Ingredients:

GOODFOODS Tableside Chunky Guacamole

Red Bell Pepper

Lavash Bread

Breadsticks

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Step 1: Set the over to 375 degrees. On a cutting board, lay a piece of Lavash Bread horizontally and cut into 3 strips of equal size. Then cut diagonally through each strip, making a criss-cross shape (which creates triangular-shaped pieces). Discard of the remaining bread scraps, and lay the triangular pieces on an un-coated baking pan.

Step 2: To help the pieces of bread brown-up in the oven, lightly spread a little butter on the top of each piece. Then pop the pan in the oven for 10 minutes.

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Step 3: Break the bread-sticks into small 1-2″ pieces. These will be used as the tree stumps (for display purposes).

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Step 4: Dice the bell pepper into small pieces and set out your remaining ingredients, including the guacamole.

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Step 5: When the baked bread turns into crispy chips (after 10-minutes in the oven), take the pan out and allow the chips to cool (for about 5-10 minutes. They should have a golden brown color when done.

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Step 6: Spread guacamole on top of each chip, and sprinkle a few pieces of diced bell pepper on top. Lay the finished Christmas Tree Chips on a serving platter, adding a breadstick underneath the bottom of each chip, to give it a real Christmas Tree look. These are ready to serve.

Appetizer Recipe: Christmas Crescent Rolls

For a hearty snack that’s both delicious and filling, the next vegetarian appetizer recipe (Christmas Crescent Rolls) features GOODFOODS Artichoke Jalapeño Dip as the primary ingredient that truly makes this appetizer incredible-tasting.

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Ingredients:

GOODFOODS Artichoke Jalapeño Dip

Pre-made Crescent-shaped Rolls

Mushrooms (diced)

Asparagus (diced)

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Step 1: Set the oven to 375 degreess. While the oven is warming up, on pre-made crescent-shaped roll dough, spread the dip on top of each piece.

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Step 2: Dice the vegetables into small pieces. Sprinkle the veggies on top of the dough.

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Step 3: Roll the dough into crescent-shapes. On an uncoated baking pan, place the rolls about 1″ apart.

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

Step 4: Cook for 9-12 minutes, or until a light golden brown hue. Serve these vegetarian appetizers immediately, while still hot.

Healthy Holiday Entertaining with Tasty Vegetarian Appetizers

What makes GOODFOODS stand out is that their foods are always fresh and made without any artificial ingredients, which gives you peace of mind when entertaining. Plus, you can find all the ingredients you need for the recipes above, including GOODFOODS Guacamole and Dip, in the produce aisle at Target. Visit your local grocery store to try and experience GOODFOODS for yourself.

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  1. Michelle L Bingham says:

    These look delicious. My daughter has to avoid gluten but I can make them with Pillsbury all purpose flour. Thank you.

    • Christina-Lauren says:

      That’s a great idea, Michelle! They are amazing-tasting appetizers, that I’m sure your family will love. I’m actually making more tomorrow for a holiday party we’re hosting.

  2. Margaret MacKenzie says:

    These look so absolutely yummy! I would love to try both of these! Did you actually make them and try them yourself? Were they easy to make and what were the flavours like?

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