Bust out the tortilla chips, bake those whole wheat pitas and stock up on the carrot sticks – it’s time for a party!
When planning finger food and appetizers for the crowd, consider making a variety of dips. They’re easy to whip up with a blender or food processor, which is a great time saver for the busy party planner. Also, they lend themselves especially well to catering to dietary needs, like vegan and gluten-free, so you’re bound to please the majority. Check out these 10 spreads to get the party started.
This knock-off takes all the flavor of traditional guacamole, but omits the avocado and used shelled peas instead. See if you can taste a difference.
2. Creamy Zinger Garlic Spread
Please all of your garlic-loving party goes with this spread, which is made with delicious and healthy ingredients like coconut oil, cashews, garlic and miso.
3. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
This hummus recipe will please classic hummus lovers and newbies alike. It contains the classic ingredients like chickpeas and tahini, as well as several spices to pack in the flavor.
4. Pimento Cheese Spread
Shredded carrots stand in for cheese in this spread, which brings the fat and calorie content way down from a cheese or even store-bought vegan version. Plus, the texture of this spread will add a nice balance to your table.
5. Creamy Macadamia “Cheese” Spread
This creamy spread is full of spice and will work well as a dollop atop raw cucumber and carrot slices.
6. Muhammara Spread
Your guest will be impressed and surprised by the flavor of this smoky, creamy roasted red pepper dip, complete with the crunch and healthy fat of toasty walnuts and hemp seeds.
7. Pureed Lentil Dip with Carmelized Leeks
This filling, hearty dip gives protein and will taste excellent spread atop sprouted grain bread or crackers.
8. Moroccan Grilled Eggplant, Onion and White Bean Spread
This hearty, chunky spread is packed with a savory, spicy kick.
9. Vegan “Nutella” Spread
Original, store-bought Nutella spread may be amazingly delicious, but it contains several unhealthy ingredients like soy lecithin, processed sugar, and skim milk/whey. Instead of buying the jar, make your own, healthier version with better ingredients like coconut oil, almond milk and raw cacao powder.
10. Mint Coconut Cashew “Cream Cheese” Spread
This is a satisfying, sweet “cream cheese” spread that most everyone can enjoy since it’s made with coconut meat, nutritional yeast and cashews instead of dairy products.
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