Tips #6 – How to Have a ‘Shared’ Tapas Night

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Last month I had a “Mommy Shower” for one of my friends I consider my sister. After her Baby Shower, I wanted to have a “Mommy” shower with gifts just for her and to make sure she knew who here “girl gang” and support group was. Plus we were also able to have a girls night before the baby came – which, by the way, Jack was born last week!

So using that as an example I wanted to show you what we had as our spread for our tapas since it was “shared”. Tapas is a Spanish word for “small plate” usually served as an appetizer before a meal, or to eat with drinks. Basically, we had a lot of snacks and appetizers as our dinner.

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It’s one of our favorite things to do at home for dinner as well, especially if it’s a busy day just bring out the crackers, hummus, veggies, chips, salsa, and more and just munch! So with that idea, I wanted to share with you what we had, and also throw in some of our usual tapas items we have when it’s a busy night.

For the Mommy Shower Tapas:

  • Vegan: Cheddar Bomb AKA Kick Ace Cheddar Ball from Vedged Out
  • Vegan: Miyoko’s Double Cream Garlic Herb cashew cheese
  • Vegan: Hello Dollies
  • Vegan: Merlot Cake – My mother wasn’t planning on making it vegan, but in the end it was!
  • Omnivore: Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  • Vegan: Sweet and Sour Meatballs – which my mother made from the “Gimme Lean” sausage
  • Vegan: Smoked Spinach and Artichoke Dip
  • Omnivore: Brie Plate with Chutney and Caramelized Pecans
  • Omnivore: Jalopeno Poppers
  • Vegan: Sweet Potato Tots with Chipotle Mayo
  • Omnivore: Cheese Straws
  • Vegan: Olives, Cherry Tomatoes, Hummus, Crackers, Naan Bread, Carrot Sticks
  • Drinks: White Winter Sangria – both ways, Water, Coffee, and Herbal Tea

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Other Ideas:

Some other things we’ll grab for a “tapas” dinner night are things we can easily buy and eat.

  • Any fruits and veggies you can easily grab and eat – sliced cucumber, cherry or grape tomatoes, carrot sticks, celery, berries, apple slices, grapes, etc.
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Hummus and Crackers
  • Frozen veggie pot stickers
  • James will get pizza rolls or chicken tenders or wings
  • Cashew cheeses
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Steamed artichokes with melted earth balance/butter
  • Nuts and seeds – pistachios, almonds, etc.
  • Chili Queso – Daiya cheese and a can of vegan chili… awful
  • Pretzels – Like the pretzels and German dipping sauces I made a few months ago.
  • Bruschetta

So have at it! Get your favorite snacks and appetizers together and make a plate. It is definitely one of the nights we feel like we are not eating completely separate meals.

Have an Easy Dinner Night, Eat Your Favorite Snacks, and Have a Happy, Healthy, and Simple Kitchen!

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