Vegan Party Food Will Surprise and Delight You
As a vegan, do you think you’ll be missing out if you go to a party? There is a growing movement to provide meals, snacks and treat foods for those with alternative diets and food sensitivities. This is a great thing because it indicates that people are becoming more mindful about what they are eating. So rather than missing out at gatherings, vegan party food can be even more of a treat than traditional party food.
Whether it’s an adult or child’s party, an afternoon or morning tea, or the full-service Tea Party or High Tea, there are a plethora of choices. And they certainly don’t just involve fruit and carrots sticks!
Not Just Fruit & Carrot Sticks
The yet-to-be-enlightened may think of vegan party food as avocados, fruit and carrot sticks. Indeed if you go looking in mainstream places, that’s all you’ll find! Certainly, avocado is a great ingredient in vegan recipes, as is coconut, dried fruit, cacao (the foundation of chocolate) and nuts. Furthermore, fruit is an absolute must and carrot sticks (otherwise known as crudités) with a Hummus or Baba ganoush are a deliciously tasty snack and a meal in themselves. All of these foods make great food ingredients and tea party menu items for those who choose a vegan lifestyle.
Vegan Party foods and treats are simply to die for – except nothing died for them!
Some traditions, like afternoon tea parties and the classic high tea, may seem off-limits. But the good news is they don’t have to be. In these next few paragraphs, you’ll grow to understand why.
The Traditional Afternoon Tea Party
The traditional afternoon tea as Westerners knows it originated in England and stemmed from a few practices that came about due to the times. The history of tea, tea arriving in England, the sandwich being invented and milk coming to be added to tea, is a fascinating story. Tea Parties and High Tea evolved out of these times and used the norms of the times such that they became “how it is done”.
A traditional Tea Party would offer milk for tea and coffee. Grandma would make the family’s favorite scones with eggs, milk, and butter and make whipped cream to serve with jam on top. The cakes served at High Tea would have eggs and butter in them and the sandwiches would contain cheese, ham and the like.
Like with many practices of the current day, we do things as they always have been done, not because we’ve given any thought about how things may be done better!
Preparing a Vegan Tea Party Menu is Super Simple
The life of eating healthily, kindly and deliciously is a joy to behold! It is worth a little research to discover how.
Tea the Beverage
Tea itself is hailed as a superfood by some. Green tea contains high levels of antioxidants and low levels of caffeine. Black tea is reportedly good for teeth and bone health and supports lower levels of blood cholesterol, amongst other benefits.
But what you may not know is that there are probably as many varieties and flavors of tea as there are wines around the world! Tea is an amazing beverage. There are light teas and heavy teas. There are teas that will give you a real zing and teas that will soothe you!
Tea’s have widely different flavors. So just because you’ve never been taken by black tea (made with teabags) with a dash of milk or creamer and sugar, doesn’t mean you don’t like tea. You may love tea, you just haven’t met the right one yet!
The take home point here is: tea does not need milk. As the story goes, back in the 17th and 18th centuries when tea was first being consumed in England, the china cups were very fine and delicate. Boiling hot tea being poured into the would crack them. So they poured a little milk in the cup before the tea to stop it breaking.
Good quality tea, make correctly, does not taste so bad that it needs milk to drown the flavor. If it does, you’re not drinking ‘your’ tea! Try a few different varieties (choose loose leaf over tea bags) from a specialty tea retailer (not the supermarket brands).
Vegan Party Food for Tea Parties
There are cakes, there are sandwiches, there are biscuits and cookies. Truffles, slices and other delicious indulgences abound and they are all able to be made vegan.
Vegan sweets tend to be made from whole foods, which are healthy if made from scratch. But don’t be fooled – they can be very nutritionally dense! Meaning if you eat too many, you can put on weight!
Explore the many vegan recipes that are available via an internet search. Many of them don’t even require cooking. Very little specialized equipment is required, although a great quality blender can be of benefit. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to enjoy a vegan tea party once you know how.
To get you started, you may appreciate following a sample Tea Party Menu compiled by someone who has done it before. Once you’ve done it the first time, you’ll know exactly what works for you and what doesn’t. You’re sure to rock your own Vegan Tea Party style and astound your friends. Even the traditionalists will be hard pressed to not take notice!
You’ll find once you’re used to a vegan diet and the freshness and wholesomeness of plant-based food, your palate will adapt and a ‘traditional’ diet based on animal fat will not appeal quite as it once did. And in fact, may even taste unappealing.
Give it a try! You’ll be pleasantly surprised.