Easy Entertaining

The rush of the holidays is finally over. Back to the normal schedule now which is good, however, I'll miss making little goodies for get togethers. The great thing about raw is its super easy to throw simple appetizers. For example, on three occasions during the holidays I whipped up nut balls in 10 minutes. What's easier than throwing a bunch of things into the blender or food processor?

Last night I invited over the last few friends who have come home for Christmas. Perfect chance to make food, yay! Along with a few cooked items, I made cheddar dip with veggies, and a platter of balls in a few flavours. Couldn't have been easier.

-Coconut Balls: Almonds, shredded coconut, dates, agave
-Date Balls: Walnuts, cashews, dates, rasisins -Chocolate Balls: Walnuts, cashews, dates, carob powder, with chunks of cacao

Process all ingredients together in FP until the mixture sticks together.
A nice touch if you have the time is to roll the balls in shredded coconut, cacao/carob powder, or lucuma.

Cherries were fed..and a coconut was found...:D

...See what raw food and yummy fruity drinks will do?! We got crazy and played dress up in funny hats.

Another appetizer I made in the past month is the very common tortillas and guacamole. Only mine were outta this world! Why? Becauase I use the corn tortilla recipe from Gchef, Sarma Mengailis, and then dehydrated much longer to create chips. Really outstanding. I've made raw tortilla chips before and liked them but never cared to make them again. This will now be the recipe I'll use repeatedly. I think its the bell pepper that gives that great crunch.

To go with that, simple guacamole, using half a red pepper as the edible bowl. My simple guac consists of mashed avocado, chopped tomato, cilanto, lemon juice, and sundried tomatoes (soaked for about 30 mins).

So yay for entertaining with raw food in a cooked food world! I brought chocolate nut balls to a party last month and my friend and host requested that I make them again for the New Years party. Great way to get the news out. People always end up asking questions and wanting to know more.

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  1. January 6, 2008 at 16:56

    looks like such a fun party; and yes, what a wonderful opportunity to expose others to the delicious world of raw food!! the coconut-balls, chocolate-balls, and ESPECIALLY the date-balls look and sound incredible.

  2. January 6, 2008 at 22:57

    hey veggiegirl, yeah definately. People always love the raw sweeties! Pulls them in every time ;)

  3. January 6, 2008 at 23:12

    Oh yummo! Wish I'd been there too... as usual. ;-)<br /><br />Thanks for the tip re: the corn tortillas. I was still on the look out for a good nacho type recipe too.

  4. January 7, 2008 at 00:16

    Those chips look awesome!!! Yum! I often love looking at your blog! Keep it up. It's very good.

  5. January 8, 2008 at 00:06

    Carmi - yeah totally...these are by far the best. You don't end up with that gummy/stick to your mouth chip that Ive had with other corn chips. <br /><br />Charissa (cool name!) - thanks for the compliment :) Glad you enjoy!

  6. January 10, 2008 at 18:23

    That party looks like fun. Who is in the pic with you? The girl looks like she could be your sister.

  7. January 10, 2008 at 22:16

    Hehe, thats a friend - I have no sisters. Actually, Im an only child!

  8. January 11, 2008 at 12:39

    Really? She looks just like you. I have three sisters, but my son is an only.

  9. January 14, 2008 at 01:20

    LOL, thats so funny. Im not sure you'd think that if you met us in person. You are so lucky to have sisters! I always wanted siblings!

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