Can you help me with menu ideas for the holidays?
Sure, consider your holiday helper here! Putting together a superfood menu is not as hard as it sounds, and to prove it I've pulled a selection of my easiest favorites. All you have to do is pick one recipe out of each category and you'll find yourself with a menu that's worth celebrating!
For the drink:
Rosemary Goldenberry Shrub - Don't leave those who are not drinking with just the choice of water or sparkling apple cider! This deeply flavorful shrub offers all the specialness of a cocktail, without the booze (though you can always add it in).
Fizzy Dragonfruit Cocktail - Cheerily red and definitely refreshing, substitute the strawberries with cranberries for a more in-season variation.
Lucuma Eggnog - Always a crowd-pleaser (and a once a year treat!), if you're looking to serve a warm beverage, a mug of this superfood drink will perfectly suffice.
For the appetizer:
Carrot Goji Soup - If you're serving appetizers more hors d'oeuvres-style, simply fill small shot-size glasses for cute and colorful soup shooters. Otherwise, enjoy as a bright starter course.
Cashew Cream Cheese - This miracle cream cheese made from cashews is perfect to serve at parties where many guests may have sensitivities to dairy (and those that do not won't complain, thanks to how creamily convincing this recipe is!). Wedge this â€œcheeseâ€ into dates, serve on crostini, or mix with fresh herbs and offer alongside cruditÃ©s.
Rosemary Almond Crackers - With all the people that are avoiding gluten these days, its smart to have at least one kind of nosh that works for (almost) everyone! These crackers fit the bill, and their rosemary flavor gives them a holiday feel too. Great with hummus!
For the salad:
Pomegranate Kale Salad - This quick mix is beaming with holiday cheer via its festive ingredients like pomegranates and pears.
Mizuna Salad with Fennel & Mulberries - Try this recipe with arugula in place of the mizuna for a fresh and crisp starter (and quite welcome in conjunction with the holiday's heavier treats).
Celebration Salad - Loaded with goodies like roasted squash and hazelnuts, this salad could almost be a meal onto itself.
For the EntrÃ©e:
Yacon-Stuffed Kabocha Squash - If you didn't already serve stuffed squash for thanksgiving, now is definitely the time! Everyone loves this warm and comforting dish, which always presents well.
Black Lentils & Brussels - Serving dinner family style? This protein-rich entrÃ©e is your healthy (and easy) answer! Chewy black lentils, soft goji berries, and juicy Brussels sprouts are just some of the satisfying ingredients that make this dish so seconds-worthy.
Butternut Squash Risotto - Oh risotto, how we love thee! Beautiful as it is hearty, this hemp seed-boosted delight is comfort food on (superfood) steroids.
For the dessert:
Raspberry Chocolate Mousse - The silky dessert no one can say no to! Saturated with deep flavored cacao, fresh raspberries, and malty lucuma, this easy dessert makes quite the grand finale.
Chocolate Chip Cookies - To some of us, a holiday dessert means little more than milk and cookies, in which case these chocolate chip cookies made with hemp seeds and smart sweeteners definitely fit the bill! Serve them with almond milk for a match made in holiday heaven.
Coconut Fudge - If chocolate's not your thing, try this unbelievably decadent fudge that melts in your mouth with buttery, coconut flavor. This recipe is great to make extra of to give as gifts, too!