What to Bring to Your Office Holiday Potluck or Christmas Get Together

What I love about the holiday season is the group gorging with no judgment. Just wolfed down a dozen shortbread cookies in you cubicle? It’s ok – it’s the holidays. Realized you’ve eaten nothing but candy canes and fruitcake for breakfast this week? No worries. It’s what Jesus would have wanted.

I’m heading to a friend’s house this afternoon for a Christmas get-together and I wanted to share the two easy peasy appetizer/snacky items I put together. They’re quick, tasty and can feed a group. Happy eating!

Festive Hummus with Red Pepper and Feta

This is so easy to make I’m almost embarrassed to call this a recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 large-ish container of plain or garlic hummus (I like the President’s Choice brand)
  • 1 chunk of fresh feta cheese
  • 1 red pepper finely chopped (set aside a bit for garnish)
  • Pita bread or crackers

To make:

Combine the hummus, red pepper and feta in a food processor. Blend for 2 minutes or until the mix reaches your desired consistency (I like it a little on the chunkier side).

Use a food processor to blend the hummus, feta cheese and chopped red pepper

Top with remaining red pepper and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Serve with pita bread or crackers.

Voila

 

Sassy Lentil Salad with Honey and Curry

This is a recipe I adapted from my lovely cousin C. You can adjust the amounts of honey and curry to suit your tastes. I like it a little more on the curry side.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cans of lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of liquid honey
  • 2 tablespoons of red balsamic vinegar
  • 3-5 teaspoons of yellow curry powder (maybe start with 3 if you’re not sure how into curry you’re going to be – I probably use closer to 6 teaspoons in mine)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

To make:

Um…combine all ingredients in a bowl. The end.

Lentil Curry & Honey Salad

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