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
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).
Top with remaining red pepper and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Serve with pita bread or crackers.
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
Um…combine all ingredients in a bowl. The end.