A Very Vegetarian New Year’s Eve

Fourth of July / Hanover-250 Fireworks by Šarūnas Burdulis (CC BY-SA 2.0)

How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve? My family throws a party for all our friends! We move around and dance, play games, and countdown to the new year. We also drink sparkling apple cider, which is my favorite drink. Why? Because of all the bubbles! Watching the bubbles rise to the top of the glass gives me the same satisfaction that comes with popping eco bubble. Besides getting to be with people I love, the best part of the party is usually the food. Yummy! This year, my mom and I are going to make our party more eco-friendly by making only vegetarian dishes. It might sound hard to do, but it is easy! With the help of one of my favorite cooking websites, Smitten Kitchen, I’ve planned my party menu to be:

Vegetable Dumplings

This dish is the perfect appetizer! They are easy to pick up, aren’t too messy, and taste delicious! My brother loves Chinese food, so I’m thinking that I will have to make a ton of these. He will gobble them up in a second!

Artichoke-Olive Crostini

This dish is so easy to make! I can whip it up while talking to my guests. (Which gives me more time to decorate beforehand!)  Want to know another reason I like it so much? It’s green!


I was just going to make the crostini and dumplings for appetizers, but then I came across this hummus recipe. I am planning on making a lot of it, so people can eat it throughout the long night. Hummus sounds like a good midnight snack, right? I just can’t decide if I should serve it with veggies or pita chips. Oh! I can make sure not to waste any food by using any leftover bread from the crostini for my hummus. That’s definitely in the spirit of the 3 R’s! (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!)

Three Bean Chili and Cornbread

I thought my main dinner dish should be something that will warm you and your taste buds up! Be careful to make sure that you don’t make the food too spicy. I think I am just going to keep it mild, because I know some of our friends don’t like really spicy food. If you do make it spicy, make sure there are plenty of drinks to go around!

Gingerbread Apple Upside-Down Cake

This cake looks so amazing! Anything “gingerbread” always reminds me of winter, especially the holidays. I have only ever had gingerbread cookies, so I’m excited to make this. Gingerbread with apples sounds very, very yummy. I know having this as dessert will leave everyone happy and ready to ring in the new year!

Are you having a party? Have any traditional New Year’s Eve dishes? Share them with us! We would love to hear about your New Year’s Eve!