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Vegan, Sustainable and Fun: Our Ingredients for a Great New Year's Party

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner – and you’re probably already busy planning the last big party of the year. Your guest list probably includes some vegans, and as a good host, you want to keep them happy too but may be wondering what to serve. Here are our brilliant, tasty and sustainable vegan treats for the perfect New Year’s Eve party

Smart and tasty vegan treats

It doesn’t always have to be meat fondue or potato salad. There are so many other brilliant recipes that deserve their turn in the spotlight on the party buffet. For instance, how about a vegan cheese fondue? The only difference to a regular cheese fondue is that you use vegan cheese. Make the fondue according to your traditional recipe – then sit back and enjoy the praise! If you prefer a buffet you’ll find that the choice of tasty vegan recipes is literally endless. Here are our top three.

1. Vegan sushi cones with a mango-chilli dip

Makes 12 rolls. You will need 6 nori leaves, 1 cup wholegrain rice, 1 head lettuce, 250 g cucumber or carrot (your choice), 100 g avocado, 150 g mango or papaya, 3 tbsp black sesame for the filling; for the dip you need 1 mango, 1 lime, 2 garlic cloves, 1 chilli, 2 tbsp soy sauce.
Wash or peel the ingredients for the filling and cut into slices about 1 cm wide. Puree the ingredients for the dip to make a creamy sauce. Fold the nori leaves down the middle and cut with a knife.  Place the filling on the left side of the leaf. Wrap the leaf from right to left to form a horn.
To close, moisten the end of the nori leaf slightly. Healthy and delicious!

2. Chili Sin Carne

Ingredients (serves 4): 250 g quinoa, 1 onion, 4 cloves of garlic, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 red pepper, 250 g kidney beans, 250 g sweetcorn, 900 g tomatoes, 1 l vegetable stock, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp paprika powder, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp cumin, ½ tsp chilli powder.
Wash the quinoa and leave to soak overnight. Peel onions and garlic, chop finely and fry in oil until translucent. Cut the peppers, dice them, add them and sauté briefly. Add the quinoa and stir well. Add the chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock until everything is covered. Bring to the boil and simmer at a medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add the beans and sweetcorn, season and simmer for another 10 minutes. Tuck in!

3. Sweet potato quesadillas

For the filling: 1-2 tbsp olive oil, 1 sweet potato, 1 tsp paprika powder, ½ tsp chilli, ½ tsp cumin, 1 handful baby spinach, 1 tin black beans, ½ tin sweetcorn, 2-3 tbsp fresh parsley, 1 pinch salt and 1 pinch pepper. For the quesadillas: 6 tortillas, 150 g vegan cheese, 3 tsp oil.
Heat the oil in a large pan. Peel and grate the sweet potatoes and fry for about 30 seconds. Add the spices and mix well. Add a little water, cover the pan and reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Cook for about 6 minutes. Add the baby spinach, stir and simmer for another 2 minutes. Add the beans, corn and parsley and heat for about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a little oil in a non-stick pan. Spread about 3 tablespoons of the filling evenly over one half of the tortilla, leaving a narrow rim. Cover the filling with grated cheese and fold the other tortilla half over the filling. Fry the tortillas for about 2 to 3 minutes, turn carefully and fry on the other side until golden brown. Do the same with the other tortillas. Cut the finished quesadillas into three pieces. Enjoy with guacamole or as they are. Buen provecho!

Bye-bye chocolate Santas

Christmas is over and you’ve got some left-over (vegan) chocolate Santas? Perfect! Use them to make a chocolate fondue that will have your guests falling over themselves to dip into. And even better – it’s super easy to make: simply melt the Santas in a bowl over hot water; chop fruit into bite-sized chunks, give your guests some wooden skewers and let the dipping fun begin! Apart from being really yummy, a chocolate fondue is also the ideal way to pass time until midnight. Want to up the deliciousness even more? Chop a selection of RAWBITE bars into small chunks and use them for dipping.

Never have I ever...

What’s a fun New Year’s party without a couple of games? Lacking in the board game department? Don’t worry! We’ve got just the thing for you; all you need for our game is creativity – and possibly a temporary embarrassment bypass. Here’s how: make a list of the things you’ve always wanted to know about your friends and arrange a gesture, like placing your hand on your forehead or raising your arm. One person starts by saying “Never have I ever….” and then adds something. For instance, “Never have I ever shoplifted”. All those who have actually stolen something have to perform the gesture. It’s the perfect game for finding out fascinating things about your friends you never knew before.

DIY tip: Let it glitter!

Got everything ready? And what about the decorations?  We’ve got some tips on how to create that party feeling with a few easy and sustainable tweaks. You’ve probably got some shiny gift-wrap left over from Christmas, right? Simply cut it into strips and twist them around your champagne glasses. If you’ve got enough paper left over you could cut out a number garland: draw the numbers on a piece of cardboard, cut out, glue on the paper and hang up on the wall to welcome in the New Year!

Enjoy every Bite.