Vegan essentially means not consuming meat, fish, eggs or any product derived from animals such as dairy produce, honey, etc. Because of these restrictions, vegans often have very limited choice of food items. If you are hosting a party for vegans you will find yourself in a spot of bother thinking what snacks would best suit them.
Many people believe that vegan food is often tasteless and boring. This is however not true since you can whip up delicious and interesting party snacks using veggies, herbs and spices. Vegan food is healthy since it uses mostly fresh veggies, fruits, natural herbs and spices.
Vegan food is also rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants and hence is highly nutritious. This article tells you some innovative ways to cook tongue-tickling party food meant especially for vegans.
Flavorful Barbequed Vegetables
Grilling and barbeque are often associated only with meat and chicken, but veggies too can be grilled and barbequed to make delicious party snacks. Baby potatoes are an ideal choice for grilling. Rub a seasoning of salt, pepper and paprika on the baby potatoes before grilling them. Brush vegetable or olive oil on them to give them a nice glaze.
Serve these grilled baby potatoes topped with sweet onions, pickled jalapenos and fresh chopped parsley to impress your vegan guests. You can also grill cauliflower florets or broccoli florets and season them salt, paprika and lemon juice before serving them. Sprinkle some fresh parsley or cilantro leaves for garnishing.
Delicious Vegan Dips To Accompany Chips
Most potato and pita chips available in the market are vegan in nature. You must however check the ingredients to ensure that no butter or other dairy products are used in making them.
Many vegans find that dips accompanying chips and crackers often contain cream, butter or cheese which they cannot consume. You can make delicious dips for your chips platter using veggies and fresh herbs. Salsa is a perfect vegan dip made from tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and seasoned with garlic, salt, paprika and lemon juice.
You can add your own innovations to the traditional salsa and make it unique and interesting. Instead of the traditional tomato salsa, try making salsa from fruits such as mangoes or peach. Mango salsa can be made by combining roughly chopped mangoes with onions, cilantro, lemon juice, honey, salt and paprika.
You can also draw inspiration from other cuisines of the world such as Middle-Eastern or Indian cuisine to make innovative dips. Chickpea-based hummus is a nutritious and delicious dip option for vegans. Mint-cilantro chutney, tomato chutney and other Indian chutneys are a delicious and spicy way to spruce up your chips and crackers.
Vegan Finger Food Ideas
Finger foods are popular at most parties and most you can serve mouth-watering vegan finger foods to impress guests. A basil-tomato bruschetta is a perfect vegan appetizer that not only tastes great but also looks appetizing.
You can also serve potato or sweet potato fries topped with garlic seasoning to offer something different and innovative. You can also make delicious min-wraps using whole wheat tortillas stuffed with fresh veggies and topped with tangy salsa or spicy chutney.