Last Minute Christmas Veggie Trays

Holiday potlucks are great – until it’s about an hour before and you realize you have nothing to bring. Enter our last minute Christmas veggie trays.

These Christmas veggie trays are great for more than just your work potluck, too. For Christmas dinner, if you’re not hosting you’re often tasked with bringing appetizers or a tray of goodies. We say, don’t just buy some pre-made veggie tray and risk the maltodextrin, MSG, modified food starch, artificial colors and flavors, etc. etc. etc. Forget all those disgusting ingredients in those other veggie trays (mostly, in those dressings that come with them) and old veggies that may or may not have been sitting around or browning. Easier said than done, right?

Nope! We’ve got you covered. These last minute Christmas veggie trays are easy to pull together and about as festive as you can get. We love these unique and last minute Christmas veggie tray ideas – perfect for work potlucks, family dinners, holiday parties, ulgy sweater parties, white elephant parties, and pretty much whatever else you may do this December.

Your friends and family will be totally impressed – especially when you pair it with Toby’s. Who can really be disappointed? (No one!)

Veggie Ornament

Our first favorite last minute Christmas veggie tray is this veggie ornament.

We decided to take a rimmed, circle plate and decorate it with veggies to make it look like a giant ornament. Easy, peasy. Veggies you need: baby carrots, grape tomatoes, and sliced cucumbers. Grab a jar of Toby’s Ranch and watch your beautiful veggie ornament tray disappear.

If you have the space, we suggest decorating the table with a few ornaments and adding a little square piece of paper to give the ornament effect!

Veggie Ornament

Veggie Santa

This one is my personal favorite. It’s still easy to put together and but adds a few more veggies to the mix and takes just a little more creativity. You could also make this on an oval plate or a square plate and make the hat and beard a little longer. But, the nice thing is that they can both be made on matching plates.

Again, all you’ll need: grape tomatoes, cauliflower florets, baby carrots, and sliced cucumbers. Grab a jar of Toby’s dressing, we suggest Blue Cheese, and serve them up!

Veggie Santa

More Last Minute Christmas Veggie Ideas

Of course, we come up with some fun veggie ideas every year (that’s what we’re good for!), so we have some great ideas from last year that are worth checking out again. See them here.

Are your creative juices flowing this holiday season? We’d love to hear your ideas. Share whatyour best last minute Christmas veggie tray idea? are, and we might just send you some Toby’s goodies to ring in the new year.

Overachiever

Since they use almost the same veggies, it’s easy enough to go beyond the call of duty for person in charge of veggie appetizers, and bring them both! You just might outshine the rest of the dishes.
Last Minute Christmas Veggie Trays with Toby's

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Pomegranates are in season from fall through the winter, perfect for the holidays, so deep in color, delightfully tart, and perfectly crisp yet juicy. And, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from Silvia recently: pomegranates are the new essential holiday ingredient. They just scream December!

We love crostinis as appetizers. They’re the perfect canapé – crunchy, bite-sized, and tasty. For the holidays, they’re easy to make. They don’t take any room up in the oven (unless that’s how you toast them), and they’re easily transportable. Plus, you get the benefit of looking like you slaved away over these little beauties when really it’s just a fancy mini, open-faced sandwich. They don’t even need to be served warm!

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Silvia is at it again. These Avocado and Tofu Crostinis we just can’t stop drooling over! So, even better, these crostinis are vegan.

Take a half french baguette and slice into pieces. Toast your pieces of bread until just slightly browned. For each piece of toast, generously spread Toby’s Lite Tofu Spread & Dip and top with a slice of avocado. Repeat for each piece of toast. Arrange on parchment paper or a cutting board. Sprinkle your pomegranate seeds and chopped chives on the baguette slices. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

And seriously, that’s all!

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Recipe by: Silvia at The Tiny Avocado

Avocado. Tofu. Crostini. It’s seriously a dream canapé, perfect for the holidays. The pomegranate seeds just take this to another level, drizzled with balsamic… We’re just never going to be able to do better than this! YUM. Silvia wins the award for best everything. Always. Yum.

Ingredients:

  • ½ french baguette, sliced
  • ½ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar

How-To:

  1. Toast bread until slightly browned. Top with Toby’s Tofu, avocado, pomegranate seeds and chives. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve. Enjoy!

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Fresh Vegan Brushetta made with Toby's, tomato, basil and a few spices.

Fresh Vegan Brushetta

The making of great holiday appetizers:

  1. Looks pretty and festive
  2. Must be easily eaten in one or two bites
  3. Is delicious
  4. Easy to make (The main dish is what’s supposed to take so much time!)

This Fresh Vegan Brushetta? Our BFF Silvia created it, so obviously it’s festive and beautiful. Check. We’re pretty sure this would get gobbled up in seconds. Check. Toby’s + fresh basil and tomatoes – how can you go wrong with those flavors?! Check. Chop up a few ingredients, spread Toby’s on toast and serve. Sounds easy enough. Check. We’d say it meets all the criteria for a great holiday appetizer for sure.

 

Fresh Vegan Brushetta made with Toby's, tomato, basil and a few spices.
In case you needed more convincing this recipe was nothing but yumyumyum

It’s always nice to have a vegan appetizer at your own holiday festivities. If not just to satisfy dietary needs, to get some much needed greens, veggies, and fresh deliciousness to your holiday meals.

And, if you’re following a vegan diet, it’s the perfect thing to bring to a dinner or potluck (because no one will know it’s vegan, they’ll just happily enjoy).

Fresh Vegan Brushetta made with Toby's, tomato, basil and a few spices.
Like we said, as usual, her recipe is drool worthy. Can we eat this right now?

We love the idea of decorating the plate with basil leaves, too. Almost looks like holly! Especially with the splash of red underneath – it’s all about dressing them up (and fooling your friends and family that your favorite recipes are really holiday recipes). 

Side note – We really shouldn’t just limit it to the holidays because it’s delicious any time of the year, perfect for a light snack or brunch!

But really, we love this recipe for the holidays because it’s a much needed light addition to the heavy food traditions of the holidays.

Fresh Vegan Brushetta

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Ingredients:

  • 1 french baguette, sliced
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾  cup Toby’s Lite Tofu (Original works too, if you don’t need/want a vegan version)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Pinch of salt

How-To:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients but bread and Toby’s Tofu. Toss gently.
  2. Slice bread and toast until slightly browned. Top with Toby’s Tofu and tomato mix and serve immediately. Enjoy! 
Christmas Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapés

These Cucumber Canapés, made with Toby’s Tofu Spreads, pomegranate seeds, and fresh herbs are easy to make, delicious, and perfect for the holidays! Or, just for a festive snack. Our friend Silvia made these beauties, and we can’t wait to try them out at our own holiday parties this season because how cute are they?! They look just little, healthy, edible ornaments.

Basically, irresistible. We love Silvia’s addition of red to the plates and napkins, too. Brings out that holiday cheer!

Christmas Cucumber Canapes

Ingredients:

  • 1 english cucumber
  • ¾ cup Toby’s Tofu, Lite Jalapeno
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • Handful of fresh dill

How-To:

  1. Slice cucumber into bite size pieces, about ½”.
  2. Scoop out middle part of the cucumber with a small spoon.
  3. Add a spoonful of Toby’s tofu to each cucumber and top with pomegranate seeds and dill. Enjoy!

Be sure to follow her on Instagram for even more delicious vegan inspiration. You can find us on Instagram and more recipes on Pinterest, too.

Christmas Cucumber Canapes

Most American Deviled Eggs Ever | Red white and blue amazingness featuring Toby's Jalapeno Ranch Dressing.

The Most American Deviled Eggs, Ever by Fresh Chef Nikki

We’ve been obsessing over Fresh Chef Nikki’s instagram feed, and we are so honored to have a recipe featuring our goodies! Well done Nikki, this is amazing.

Most American Deviled Eggs Ever | Red white and blue amazingness featuring Toby's Jalapeno Ranch Dressing.

From Nikki herself: “As you may know, I’m a huge fan of eggs in all forms and frequently post food photos featuring eggs. I thought I’d make the most American deviled eggs, ever. Hence, these came about. This screams America. I used your Jalapeño Ranch dressing, and it was the perfect addition to the stuffing of the eggs! I absolutely love your product!”

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium white potatoes
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. chopped chives
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp truffle salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Toby’s Jalapeño Ranch dressing
  • 9 hardboiled eggs, peeled
  • 15 drops red and blue food coloring dye
  • 1 cup boiling water + 1 tsp vinegar

How-To:

Divide boiling water and vinegar evenly into 2 separate Tupperware that can loosely fit 3 eggs each. Add 15 drops blue coloring to one container, and 15 drops red coloring to the other and stir. Add 3 eggs into each container and toss around with a spoon. Frequently roll eggs around to evenly coat with the coloring, let soak for about 10 minutes. Run eggs under cold water, and pat dry. Cut all eggs in half and remove the yolks. To make the filling, bring a medium pot of water with potatoes to a boil, cover, and cook for about 15-20 minutes until fully cooked through. Remove from heat and water and let cool completely. Meanwhile, chop up bacon into as small of pieces as possible, then fry in 1 tsp olive oil until browned and crispy. Reserve 2 tbsp. of the bacon fat for later, and reserve 1/3 of the bacon bits for the garnish. Once the potatoes have completely cooled, peel the skin and dice into small cubes and place in a mixing bowl. Add bacon bits, reserved bacon fat, 3 tbsp. chives, shredded cheese, truffle salt, black pepper, and Toby’s Jalapeño Ranch dressing. Combine all ingredients and set aside. Stuff the eggs with the potato salad, and garnish with remaining bacon bits, chives, and of course, an American flag!
 Most American Deviled Eggs Ever | Red white and blue amazingness featuring Toby's Jalapeno Ranch Dressing.

 

Don’t forget to follow Nikki for more of her amazing recipes!

Just in time for 4th of July parties this evening, tomorrow, and for years to come. Happy weekend everyone!

Most American Deviled Eggs Ever | Red white and blue amazingness featuring Toby's Jalapeno Ranch Dressing.

 

 

Easy Cinco De Mayo Recipe Ideas for Everyone

This Cinco De Mayo go further than just your standard plate of chips & salsa. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipe ideas – from tacos and taquitos to salads and nachos we’ve got easy Cinco De Mayo recipe ideas for everyone. I promise there’s something for everyone’s taste buds and diets in here!

Jalapeno Ranch Taquitos

These are a great appetizer or main course item. Usually we’re just snacking at Cinco de Mayo parties, so serve these and watch them disappear. You could get pre-made taquitos and drizzle Jalapeño Ranch on top. Or, you could make them yourself. We rolled up flour tortillas with a mixture of extra firm tofu, beans, veggies, and lots of spices inside. Topped with cheese, a cilantro lime hot sauce and some diced peppers! Pretty presentation and yummy foods.

Jalapeño Ranch tofu enchiladas!

 

Tacos!

Jalapeño Ranch Sweet Potato Tacos

These tacos are vegetarian-friendly, made with sweet potatoes and black beans. The Jalapeño Ranch Dressing is the perfect pair to liven your veggie tacos up! Get the complete how-to here.

Jalapeño Ranch Sweet Potato Tacos!

 

Black Bean & Corn Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch

If sweet potatoes aren’t your thing, we suggest these corn & bean tacos drizzled with our Jalapeño Ranch Dressing. I pan fried some leftover corn, black beans and onions with salt and pepper until everything was cooked through. Shredded some cabbage and added diced tomatoes. It tastes most like a fish taco, minus the fish. But, fish would make a delicious addition here, too!

Jalapeño Ranch bean & corn tacos!

Toby’s Tofu Tacos

Not into the Jalapeño Ranch? We’ve got a less-spicy option for you. Try Toby’s Original Spread instead of beans or meat as the protein. Top with greens, cheese, and a salsa verde sauce. Perfect mild-heat, and a delicious combo with our Original Spread.

Tofu Tacos!

Vegan Tacos

Looking for a vegan Cinco de Mayo recipe idea? Try out these vegan tacos, courtesy of our friend Daneka. She’s a huge fan of our lite tofu spreads and makes the most delicious recipes! (She’s got another one down below! Keep scrolling!)

VeganTacos - with toby's tofu

Tacos! I love quinoa taco! And subbed @tobysfoods lite jalapeno tofu spread for the cheese. Vegan tacos for the win!

Photo from @ddaakarma

Nachos!

Everyone has their own special way of making nachos, but no better topping than Toby’s Jalapeño Ranch Dressing. Seriously! Just in case you don’t already know, here’s a 30-second fool proof guide to your perfect nachos.

Salads!

Jalapeño Ranch Taco Salad

A stand-by favorite recipe for sure. Serve it in a big bowl, like in the original recipe, or get fancy with it and serve on top a wedge of iceberg lettuce. Full recipe details here.

Jalapeño Ranch Wedge Salad!

Vegan Mini Pepper Salad

Vegan Mini Pepper Salad

Salad? Appetizer? Mini peppers with @tobysfoods lite jalapeno vegan tofu dip with avocado and stuff!
Photo from @ddaakarma

Need some tasty tequila cocktails to go along with your deliciousness? Try these from Genesis Juice.

Make these Easy Easter Appetizers - perfect fun ways to eat this Easter!

Easy Easter Appetizers

While I may have a long-time fear of the Easter bunny, or really anything in a mascot-like costume, I guess there are other parts of Easter I can get on board with. I’ve always wanted to try dying Easter Eggs naturally – like with turmeric, beets, or something similar. I think I’ll try my hand at the whole natural easter egg dye project this year. But, more exciting – for me anyway – are these Easy Easter Appetizers.

We came up with some delicious ideas perfect for appetizers, Easter Bunny treats (if you must!), or fun ways to get kiddos involved in the food prepping fun

Make these Easy Easter Appetizers - perfect fun ways to eat this Easter!

Easter Bunny Carrot Treats

Love this idea! Shred some carrots, get some broccoli florets, and cut up a few pieces of pita bread into the shape of triangles. Slather on some Toby’s Tofu Spread, and arrange like the photo shows – into carrots!

Make these Easter Bunny Carrot treats - perfect fun way to eat veggies this Easter!

What you’ll need:

  • Shredded carrots
  • Broccoli florets
  • Pita breads
  • Tofu Spreads

Just like magic, you have these super cute springtime or Easter Bunny Treats. Filled with spring veggies and just too adorable to pass up.

Easter Egg Toasts

These are adorable and just the right amount of spicy. Probably not suitable for kiddos sensitive to spice – but you could use another kind of less-spicy sauce for the colored decoration. Or, you could use little veggies – olives, sliced tomatoes, herbs – as the decoration instead. But for us, there’s not a whole lot better than Toby’s Tofu Spread on toast with a little bit of hot sauce!

Easy Easter Egg Toasts - Perfect for Easter Appetizers!

What you’ll need:

  • Sandwich bread for toasting
  • Easter egg cookie cutter
  • Hot sauce (we used sriracha)
  • Tofu Spreads (recommend Lite or Original, not jalapeño flavors!)

How-To:

  1. Cut your bread with a cookie cutter (or a knife works too). Toast.
  2. Spread Toby’s on your Easter Egg toast. Drizzle with hot sauce.

 

9 Easy Football-themed recipes & other game day essentials

9 Easy Football Recipes

The big game is coming this weekend – and we’ve put together some of our favorite winning football recipes! They’re super easy, delicious and fun to eat and share. Plus, you’re totally going to impress your friends with your football recipes!

9 Easy Football-themed recipes & other game day essentials

 

Wings & Dip

First up, wings and dip. Who can resist this on game day? While it isn’t really a recipe, it is staple game day food. Pair wings with a little ranch or blue cheese, depending on your flavor of wing sauce. Serve up veggies on the side to go with the wings!

Chicken Wings & Dip | 9 Easy Football-themed recipes & other game day essentials

Buffalo Chicken Cups

These Buffalo Chicken Cups are perfect for this weekend’s football watch parties. Seriously delicious finger foods with creamy Blue Cheese Dressing! We love the swirl of Blue Cheese Dressing and buffalo sauce here.

Buffalo Chicken Cups | Easy Football Themed Recipes - perfect for football watch parties!

 

The rest of our winning football recipes are all vegetarian-friendly. Eat up!

Sweet Potato Fries

We’re on a sweet potato kick here, and admit it, sweet potato fries just are a little more fun than your standard french fry! We like this recipe – it gives your the trick to crispy, oven-baked Sweet Potato Fries! Pair with Toby’s Ranch and you’re all set. Easy easy easy.

Sweet Potato Fries | 9 Easy Football Recipes to put together!

Sweet Potato Tots

Also another delicious pair to ranch, and lower calorie/less mess than dealing with deep frying tots. Again, feeding our sweet potato obsession. Try these Sweet Potato Tots and serve them up as easy game day finger foods. Perfect addition to your football recipes.

Sweet Potato Tots

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

We had to put together at least one regular potato recipe, and this goes way beyond your standard baked potato. And, it’s great finger food! Try these smashed potatoes – drizzle with ranch and watch them disappear.

Loaded Smashed Potatoes | Easy Football Themed Recipes - perfect for football watch parties!

Cauliflower Buffalo Chicken

If you’re looking for a vegetarian chicken wing substitute for your game day parties – try this roasted cauliflower buffalo “wing.” It’s a delicious side perfect for carnivores and vegetarians alike. I served them last year at my watch party, and everyone loved them. Hardly even missed the traditional chicken wing! Get the recipe.

VegetarianBuffaloWings | 9 Easy Football Recipes to put together!

Toby’s Stuffed Mushrooms

We created this Stuffed Mushrooms recipe a few months back, in the prime time of Oregon Duck football season. It’s an easy one to put together, and a perfect crowd pleasing recipe. Just don’t tell the guys it’s tofu and no one will ever know about a healthier swap. You could also try this with Toby’s Jalapeño Tofu Spread & Dip. If you are looking for a little spice, try tossing a little hot sauce on top after broiling.

Tobys Stuffed Mushrooms | 9 Easy Football Recipes to put together!

Tofu Jalapeño Poppers

This easy Jalapeño Popper recipe is a healthier spin on your classic Jalapeño Popper. Cut the fat and calories, ramp up the nutrition (protein from the tofu). Please all your guests. It almost sounds too good to be true. This one is a keeper for sure! They disappeared so fast at my house last year. And, great tip for reducing the jalapeño spice.

TofuJalapenoPopper

Football Deviled Eggs

These are the easiest to put together – and perfect for football watch parties! Cut up chives to look like baby football laces, and follow this recipe for a healthier spin on Deviled Eggs.

Football Deviled Eggs Loaded Smashed Potatoes | Easy Football Themed Recipes - perfect for football watch parties!

 

And one last round-up of our football recipes because we can’t wait for the game day feast!!

9 Easy Football-themed recipes & other game day essentials

Buffalo Chicken Cups - Dip in this Blue Cheese Dressing. IT IS SO GOOD!

Buffalo Chicken Cups

We are getting closer to Super Bowl weekend and what’s a better way to cheer on your favorite team than by enjoying some classic appetizers? Around here, we like to get creative in our cooking and our football party spreads, so we whipped up these Buffalo Chicken Cups with Toby’s Blue Cheese. They’re tangy, easy to put together, and really REALLY delicious.

Buffalo Chicken Cups - perfect for football watch parties (Super Bowl coming up!) or just some delicious finger foods with creamy Blue Cheese Dressing!

As you might already know we’ve been sharing our favorite appetizer recipes all week long and I promise, they just keep getting better and better!

While chicken wings will always be a go to game day appetizer we thought we would get creative and whip up something even better. These buffalo chicken cups have the same great taste as wings, but are not as messy to eat and a more fun and creative way to enjoy buffalo chicken! And with Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing you can’t go wrong!

Buffalo Chicken Cups with Toby’s Blue Cheese

I said it already, but you’re going to love these Buffalo Chicken Cups. They’re made with wonton wrappers, chopped veggies and chicken mixed in with Buffalo Sauce. Dip in Toby’s Blue Cheese. Swirl our Blue Cheese Dressing with buffalo sauce to make an even more impressive spread (without much work!).

Buffalo Chicken Cups | Toby's Family Foods

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of chicken breast tenderloins
  • 1 package of wonton wrappers
  • ½ cup of buffalo sauce
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • Chives, chopped
  • Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing

How-to:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook chicken on stove top. Once finished, remove from pan and shred.
  3. Combine shredded chicken, diced celery and half a cup of buffalo sauce. Mix together and set aside.
  4. Place wonton wrappers into a muffin tin (we used a mini muffin tin and they came out as the perfect bite-sized appetizer!). Scoop a tablespoon size of the buffalo chicken mixture into each wrap.
  5. Place in oven for 5-8 minutes. Remove and sprinkle cheddar cheese and then place back in oven until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool. Plate and garnish with chopped chives. Serve with Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Cups | Save this recipe - Delicious for football/game day watch parties, or basically anything where you need a finger food!

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Loaded Smashed Potatoes - Easy to make, delicious, and drizzled in the best Ranch!

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

The big game is this weekend! We’ve been busy in the kitchen testing out perfect recipes for the day. While we’re still a little bitter about the Seahawks loss, we’ll still be watching for at least the commercials. And of course, probably most importantly, we’ll be there for all the delicious finger foods, like these Loaded Smashed Potatoes.

Loaded baked potatoes are a classic dish but they weren’t quite the finger food we were looking for. Instead, we scaled it down to create the perfect, bite-sized appetizer: Loaded Smashed Potatoes! And what goes better with baked potatoes or smashed potatoes than Toby’s Ranch? Nothing.

Loaded Smashed Potatoes - Easy to make, delicious, and drizzled in the best Ranch! Perfect for the game day watch parties coming up

This game day appetizer has all of the flavor of a loaded baked potato in just one little bite. Top it off with Toby’s Ranch Dressing there is nothing better! Loaded Smashed Potatoes are simple to make and perfect for any game day watch party.

Loaded Smashed Potatoes with Toby’s Ranch Dressing

Loaded Smashed Potatoes have all the goodness of a loaded baked potato in bite-size form. Slathered in Toby’s Ranch Dressing – you can’t really do any better.  These are easy to make and perfect for any game day appetizer. Cook them up this weekend for the Super Bowl or all season.

Loaded Smashed Potatoes - Easy to make, delicious, and drizzled in the best Ranch!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound new potatoes (about 8-10)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chives, chopped
  • Bacon (optional, omit for veggie-friendly version)
  • Toby’s Ranch Dressing

How-To:

  1. Start by boiling your potatoes for about 15 minutes or until they are fork tender.
  2. Drain potatoes and place onto a greased (with olive oil) baking sheet.
  3. Smash the potatoes using the bottom of a cup or with a potato masher.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and cheddar cheese.
  5. Place pan under the broiler until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from oven and plate. Top with chives and crumbled bacon (optional) and drizzle with Toby’s Ranch Dressing.

Keep checking our blog and Facebook page for more awesome game day-themed recipes!

Loaded Smashed Potatoes - Easy to make, delicious, and drizzled in the best Ranch!