Hello 2018! Happy new year to all!

Instead of our annual superfoods holiday party in December, we decided to push it to the first week in January this year. What a great idea that ended up being! With everyone being pumped up to start their year off on a healthy foot, it’s the perfect opportunity for me to get friends to try my crazy healthy concoctions and introduce them to my favorite superfoods and brands.

What I didn’t plan for with moving the party to January, was weather. We ended up getting hit with #bombcyclone the day of the party, but that didn’t stop us from having a cozy, delicious time.

I wish I could have invited all of you! But space and logistics, ya know. So I am sharing pictures, the entire menu, and recipes through this blog post so you can kick-start YOUR new year with superfoods from home with us .<3

We received sponsorship from some AWESOME brands this year:

Thank you so much to our awesome sponsors! All guests got to enjoy food & drink from these brands incorporated into recipes, as well as got to take home snap-packs and lollipops from Wedderspoon Manuka Honey, Kombucha from Health-Ade, coconut water from Harmless Harvest, and tortillas and chips from Siete Foods.

On the menu:

This year’s menu was entirely gluten-free and vegetarian. It doesn’t need to be fancy, so long as you’re using quality ingredients, it will be delicious and enjoyable for all.

  • Gluten-Free mac-n-cheese
  • Black Bean Mushroom Tacos with Siete tortillas and rice
  • Tigernut Milk Horchata
  • Yogurt-dill Potato Salad
  • Refined sugar-free Cucumber salad with Wedderspoon Manuka Honey
  • Roasted organic Baby Carrots
  • Hummus and Siete chips
  • Health-Ade Kombucha mocktails and cocktails
  • Harmless Harvest coconut water
  • Alyssa Gagarin’s Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
  • Peanut Butter Almond Cookies
  • Manuka Honey snap-packs and lollipops

Gluten-Free Mac N Cheese

I used gluten-free pasta, but REAL cheese and REAL butter. I made double this amount to serve 15-20 people.

Ingredients:

  • 2 16 oz bags Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta
  • 8 oz Grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 2 8 oz Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 3 cups Malk Organics unsweetened cashew milk, or any milk
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/4 c Chickpea breadcrumbs

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta for 6 minutes (slightly less time than the instructions read). Drain and set aside.
  2. In saucepan, melt butter. Add cashew milk, shredded cheese & salt. Stir constantly until cheese is melted.
  3. Add pasta to casserole dish and pour melted cheese sauce over it. Top with layer of chickpea breadcrumbs
  4. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

Black Bean Mushroom Tacos with Siete Tortillas

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz dried Organic Black Beans ( soaked overnight and cooked) or 3-4 cans organic black beans, rinsed
  • 16 oz Organic Mushrooms (I used half white button/half baby portabella)
  • 4 TBSP olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • Siete Tortillas
  • optional toppings: lettuce, Siggi’s plain yogurt (in place of sour cream), avocado, salsa

Directions:

  1. heat oil in cast iron skillet
  2. Add onion and garlic, cook until lightly browned
  3. Add mushrooms, cook for a couple minutes stirring continuously
  4. Add black beans and seasonings, stirring alltogether. Remove from heat/
  5. Heat tortillas on cast iron skillet.
  6. Serve with romaine lettuce, Siggi’s plain yogurt in place of sour cream, avocado, or salsa Serve with rice on the side.

Tigernut Milk Horchata

This delicious Mexican drink is traditionally made with rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon & vanilla. For this healthy superfood twist, we’re using homemade tigernut milk seasoned with organic ground cinnamon, organic vanilla extract, and medjool dates. Tigernut milk is naturally sweet and delicious on its own. These additions make it a true delicacy fit for a festive party.

I made a double batch. To make alcoholic, simply add vodka.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup tigernuts
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 organic medjool dates

Directions:

  1. Soak tigernuts in water overnight, or at least 8 hours. Drain and rinse well.
  2. Add soaked tigernuts, water, vanilla, cinnamon & dates in high-speed blender and blend for a few minutes until combined.
  3. Use nutmilk bag or cheese cloth to strain milk from pulp. Save pulp for different use.
  4. Pour milk into jar with a lid and store in the fridge for about 5 days.
  5. Serve over ice to enjoy the traditional horchata way 🙂

Yogurt-dill Potato Salad

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs Organic Red potatoes (Important to be organic since we’ll be leaving the skin on)
  • 2 hearts Organic celery
  • 3 c plain Siggi’s yogurt
  • 2 c chopped walnuts
  • 3 TBSP acv
  • 3 TBSP mustard
  • Fresh dill to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Wash and chop potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Wash and slice celery.
  2. Boil potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, and spread out on baking pans to cool.
  3. Combine yogurt, acv, mustard, crushed walnuts, spices, and herbs in small bowl.
  4. In large bowl, mix together potatoes and celery. Add the yogurt mixture and combine well.
  5. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Refined Sugar-free Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

  • 6 small Organic Persian Cucumbers
  • 3 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 2 TBSP Wedderspoon Manuka Honey
  • 1/8 tsp pink salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • about 1 TBSP fresh dill, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Wash and chop cucumbers
  2. Combine water, vinegar, honey, salt pepper & dill.
  3. Add cucumbers, cover and refrigerate to allow cucumbers to marinate.
  4. Enjoy cold or room temp

Roasted Organic Baby Carrots

One of the simplest yet delicious dishes. ❤️

Ingredients:

  • 32 oz (2 lb) organic baby carrots
  • 2 TBSP avocado oil
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine oil, salt & pepper. Toss carrots in the mixture.
  2. Lay out on parchment paper lined baking pan.
  3. Bake at 425F for 30 mins, tossing every 10-15 minutes.

Hummus and Siete Chips
I was originally going to make homemade hummus. But you gotta pick your battles. I’ll already be soaking chickpeas AND black beans overnight for other recipes, so I decided to buy the hummus store-bought.  BUT there is a way to make it look fancier.

I picked up two containers of  Roots oil-free original hummus. To make it like fancy, use a spoon to indent a swirl on top, fill the newly-made domes with high-quality oil, and sprinkle with pine nuts.


Health-Ade Kombucha Cocktails and Mocktails

For mocktails, simply add fruit or herbs to your favorite kombucha flavor.

For cocktails, do the same as mocktail but also add alcohol.

For an over-the-top add-on, bake thinly sliced orange slices with cinnamon at 200F for about 4 hours. Got this epic idea from @root_for_food


Harmless Harvest coconut water

Served as is. Vital for post party hydration! To learn more about why I love Harmless Harvest coconut water, see my guest blog post on their website here.


Alyssa Gagarin’s Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
My husband is obsessed with this recipe. And it’s so healthy and easy to make, so I love it too! Hint: made with chickpeas 🙂 Check out Alyssa’s awesome recipe here


Peanut Butter Almond Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups tigernut pulp (leftover from Horchata)
  • 2 chia eggs (1 TBSP chia seeds + 2.5 TBSP water, per egg)
  • 1/2 c organic coconut sugar
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1 c slivered almonds
  • 2 TBSP organic coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in mixer.
  2. Scoop onto parchment paper lined baking pan with small cookie scooper. Roll into balls, then press down with fork.
  3. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Optional: half dip in melted chocolate once cooled.

Wedderspoon Manuka Honey snap-packs and lollipops

Excellent take-home treats for guests during these wintery months when it seems like everyone is getting sick. Wedderspoon manuka honey is my go-to for an immune system boost. I also love using it on blemishes or as a face mask!


 

Let me know if you enjoyed this post! Wishing you peace, love, and superfoods in 2018.

xo,

Mercedes

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