25 Nibbles and Dips for your New Year’s Eve, 2015

Can you feel the excitement? It’s almost 2016!

Despite the complete lack of snow here in the Toronto area this year, I’m more energized and primed for the new year than I have been in years (okay, maybe it has a little something to do with my loathing of snow. Yay for green Decembers!).

I’ll be settling down to review 2015 and thoughtfully set out some goals and plans for 2016. And I can’t wait to share it all with you!

As always, I’d like to wish you the very best for the year to come. But even more, I want to say THANK YOU.  

VEgan New Year's recipes

I so appreciate being able to share great food, health information and more here with you on the blog (and in person with those of you who’ve signed up for one-on-one coaching or courses), as well as through my weekly newsletters.

As this year comes to a close, I wanted to let you all know how much it means to me to be able to share this part of my life with you each week, and especially to hear from all of you via your comments, feedback and interactions on social media.

I love hearing from you. And every time I learn how I helped to make your lives a bit easier, more delicious, or healthier, it touches my heart, and I realize once again how much I love what I do and how very lucky I am to do it. This blog wouldn’t mean very much without you! 🙂

So, on that note, I’d like to send you off to the new year with a great selection of my favorite party food–nibbles an dips to carry you through to a happy, healthy, and stellar 2016! 



With much appreciation and big hugs,

Ricki xo

gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, anti-candida new year's eve recipes

[Clockwise from large photo: Chocolate-Peppermint Popcorn; Quinoa Pizza Balls; Kick-Ace Cheese Ball; Serendipitous Black Bean Spread; Herbed Chickpea “Fries” with Garlic Aioli; Raw Collard Rolls with Curried Carrot Pate.]

These are my top picks from the blog for dishes that work well as appetizers, nibbles, offerings on the buffet table, or hors d’oeuvres for a cocktail party. Most of these are easy and quick to make–so you’ll have more time for that celebration! (Oh, if you’re throwing a sit-down dinner instead, you’ll want to check out this menu).

For each recipe, I’ve indicated to which stage(s) of the Anti-Candida Diet (ACD) they correspond as well.

Nibbly Snacks (Finger Foods):

These are great for more informal, hands-on snacks. No utensils required!

Chocolate-Peppermint Popcorn (Stage 2 and beyond)

Sweet Cinnamon-Curry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (all stages)

Raw Collard Wraps with Curried Carrot Pate (all stages)

Easy, Smoky BBQ Kale Chips (Stage 2 and beyond; for Stage 1, sub macadamia nuts for the cashews)

Quinoa Pizza Balls (a real favorite on the blog!–Stage 2 and beyond)

Herbed Chickpea “Fries” with Avocado-Garlic Aioli (all stages)

Fava Bean Balls with Cranberry-Tomato Chutney (all stages)

Coconut Crusted Tofu Appetizer Bites with Pineapple and Creamy Green Curry Dipping Sauce (Stage 3 and beyond)

Sweet Potato and Kale Balls (all stages)

Anti-Candida New year's recipes on rickiheller.com

[Clockwise, from large photo: Easy, Smoky BBQ Kale Chips; Coconut Crusted Tofu Bites with Creamy Green Curry Dipping Sauce; Sweet Cinnamon-Curry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds; Fava Bean Balls with Cranberry-Tomato Chutney]

Appetizers/Hors D’Oeuvres:

For something a wee bit more formal, or if you have snacks set out on a buffet table, these spreadables are perfect.

Veganzola (“Cheese Ball”) Spread (all stages, with noted substitutions)

Kick-Ace Cheese Ball (all stages, with noted substitutions)

Sweet or Savory Sweet Potato Spread (all stages)

Eggplant and Chickpea Spread (all stages)

Serendipitous Black Bean Spread (all stages)

Mock Liver Pâté (Chopped Liver) (all stages)

Carrot Pâté (a personal favorite!) (Stage 2 and beyond)

Vegan and Gluten-Free New Year's REcipes on rickiheller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Veganzola Spread; Holiday Nog; Mock Liver Pate; Sweet or Savory Sweet Potato Spread; Carrot Pate; Faux Kombucha.]


What’s a party without some yummy drinks? These are perfect for teetotalers, but you can add rum or brandy to the nog–the HH always does! 

Holiday Nog (Stage 2 and beyond)

Almost-Instant “Kombucha” (all stages)

Chestnut Spice Latte (all stages)

Red and Green Festive Cocktail (if you’ve got a juicer–pretty AND delicious! Stage 2 and beyond)

Candida diet, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free new year's reicpes on rickiheller.com

[Clockwise from top photo: Chocolate Caramel Bars; ACD-Friendly Chocolate Fudge; Coconut Raspberry Truffle Cups.]

Sweet Snackin’:

Because we can all use something sweet!

Coconut Raspberry Truffle Cups (stage 2 and beyond)

Grain-Free Peppermint Nanaimo Bars (all stages)

Chocolate Caramel Slice (ie, Bars!) (stage 3 and beyond)

Carob Coconut Bark (a huge hit with everyone I’ve ever served this to, even carob haters!–all stages)

Grain-Free Hazelnut Biscotti with Cinnamon Glaze (all stages)

Bonus Sweet for All Stages: ACD-Friendly Chocolate Fudge!

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