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

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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4 Crostini Ideas | Goat cheese & Apple Crostini

New Year’s Eve Crostini Ideas

The holidays have come and gone and just like that we are approaching a new year. And while many of you are feeling a bit burnt out of entertaining and endless holiday appetizers, we are excited to ring in 2016 with good food, friends, and of course, more amazing recipe ideas!

Check out these 4 New Year’s Eve crostini ideas. They are easy to make and sure to impress your guests this New Year’s Eve!

4 Crostini Ideas | Delicious appetizers - perfect for New Year's Eve!

Blue Cheese Garlic Bread

4 Crostini Ideas | Blue Cheese Garlic Bread

It’s almost a new year, so why not add a twist to the classic garlic bread. Start by slicing your french baguette into ½ inch thick slices. Drizzle with olive oil and chopped garlic and toast in oven for about 5 minutes on 350ºF. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheddar and mozzarella cheese mixture on top. Throw back in oven for another 5-10 minutes depending on how melted you would like the cheese.

Plate your garlic bread, and drizzle Toby’s Blue Cheese. Top with fresh chives and enjoy!

Tomato, Bacon, and Feta Crostini

4 Crostini Ideas | Bacon Feta Crostini

This tomato, bacon, and feta crostini is sure to be the hit at any New Year’s Eve party!

Start by chopping your bacon into small chunks and throwing into a frying pan. While that is cooking, toast your french baguette for about 10 minutes on 350ºF. Slice into ½ inch thick slices and top with Toby’s Chunky Feta. Add crumbled bacon and top with a halved tomato.

Goat Cheese Crostini

4 Crostini Ideas | Goat cheese & Apple Crostini

This goat cheese crostini is easy to make, impressive to serve, and simply delicious!

Start by toasting your french baguette for about 10 minutes on 350ºF. Slice into ½ inch thick slices and spread with goat cheese. Stack a sliced pear or apple on top. Drizzle with Toby’s Honey Mustard Dressing, and sprinkle with dried cranberries.

Ranch Caprese Crostini

4 Crostini Ideas | Ranch Caprese Crostini

An oldie, but a goodie, this ranch caprese crostini is delicious and one of our favorites here at Toby’s.

Again, start by toasting your french baguette for about 10 minutes on 350ºF. Slather with ranch and top with 1-2 tomato slices, torn basil leaves, salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar.

 

Happy New Year!

Veggie Christmas Tree | Making veggies fun for Christmas

Irresistible Christmas Veggies

Toby created her homemade dressings get her two young boys to eat their veggies. It was such a hit that they complained when the veggie platter wasn’t a part of dinner.

So true to Toby’s initial mission to make veggies irresistible to her kids, we’re sharing some deliciously fun veggie spread and salad ideas for your Christmas celebrations!

Christmas Tree Veggie Platter

First up, this delicious Christmas tree veggie platter. Use broccoli florets for the greenery and cherry tomatoes for the ornaments. We used a sliced cucumber for the base, and of course, couldn’t leave the tree without a topper. Slice a piece of cheese and use a star-shaped cookie cutter for the top! Simple and irresistible.

 

Veggie Christmas Tree | Irresistible Christmas Veggies

Christmas Wreath Veggie Spread

If you need a few veggie trays for the table or Christmas trees just aren’t your thing – try this veggie wreath. It’s even easier than the tree, and just as irresistible. We suggest a ranch pairing.

Veggie Christmas Wreath | Irresistible Christmas Veggies

Christmas Wreath Salad

Same idea as the veggie wreath, just with salad instead! Serve everyone their own individual salads or make a large serving size instead. One of our favorite holiday salad recipes is mixed baby greens, apples, blue cheese, and dried cranberries all topped with Toby’s Blue Cheese.

Wreath Salad | Irresistible Christmas Veggies

 

Apple Salad

In case your kiddos really turn their nose at anything salad-like (Toby’s kids definitely did, so you’re not alone!). Slice up an apple, stuff dried cranberries and pieces of chopped kale (we used baby kale), and drizzle Toby’s Blue Cheese on top, and top with more blue cheese! Who can say no to that?! It might be a little difficult for kids to eat, so you might just want this one for the big-kids table.

Apple Salad | Irresistible Christmas Veggies

Now you have all that it takes to make irresistible Christmas veggies!

Holiday Canapes | Canapes

Holiday Canapés

Canapés are the perfect holiday appetizer because they’re bite sized, delicious, and, most importantly, easy to put together. Have people make their own with a little canapé bar, or serve up some of your favorites.

In case you’re a little lost, we put together this fool-proof guide to making perfect canapés with our tofu spreads and a few recipes for our favorite holiday canapés.

Start with a cracker or sliced veggie (like thinly sliced cucumber rounds). Scoop Toby’s tofu – either with a melon baller or a pastry bag for the perfect presentation. Top with another veggie, like halved cherry tomatoes, something pickled, or some avocado. Garnish with a drop of balsamic reduction, a dash of hot sauce or with sprouts and herbs.

Holiday Canapés | A guide to perfect canapés

And, here are some photos for inspiration!

Limitless canape options!

Put together a variety for your guests to snack on! Our personal favorite is a cracker, sweet pickle and Toby’s Jalapeno Tofu Spread.

Holiday Canapes | Tofu Canapes

This is a picture from a holiday party I just went to. Needless to say, they didn’t last long!

Holiday Canapes | Canapes

Try slices of pita bread and some spicy options with pickled jalapeños and a dash of hot sauce. We recommend going with the original or lite tofu spreads for the hotter ones. And, you don’t have to just stick to tofu spreads! Try them out with our dressings, too. Two of our favorites are the Honey Mustard with apples and dried cranberries or Blue Cheese on top of veggies and a cracker (photos above).

Or, get a little creative in your presentation. We like these Christmas-themed appetizer ideas: a santa & a wreath!

Santa crackers! How adorable are these for Christmas appetizers? Try bell peppers instead of pepperoni for a veggie-friendly swap. And, Toby's Tofu Spreads instead of cream cheese (just pipe out of a small sized pastry bag)

Toby's Tofu Holiday Wreath

This one we’re pretty proud of – check out these easy to put together, festive wreaths! We used bell pepper slices for the red bows and a green pea (you could use capers, too) as garnish!

Adorable!

Stay tuned on our Pinterest boards and Instagram for more holiday party ideas!

 

 

 

Easy Thanksgiving Salads

Family, friends, football, and of course enough turkey and pumpkin pie to send you into a weekend long food coma. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and like many of you, we too have been scrambling to come up with delicious and easy Thanksgiving salads to put on the table.

Thanksgiving is all about tradition, but we wanted to spice things up a bit and create a few easy salads that will leave you and your guests feeling thankful and totally impressed!

Be sure to check out this tasty Vegetarian Turkey appetizer, sure to please everyone at Thanksgiving. Who doesn’t love a little bit of Toby’s Tofu!? Maybe just don’t tell your stubborn, tofu-newbie guests that it’s tofu. They’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Stacked Pear Salad

Presentation is a must at any holiday gathering, so why not wow your guests’ from the start. This stacked pear salad is the perfect starter dish to your Thanksgiving meal, and easier than anyone has to know. Start by slicing a pear and then stacking it in the middle of a fresh bed of romaine lettuce (as shown below). Add sliced roasted sweet potatoes, pomegranate seeds, and dried cranberries around the pear, and then drizzle with Toby’s Blue Cheese. A+ for presentation and taste!

Stacked Pear Salad - easier than it looks, and so yummy!

Pear Pom Salad

Adding seasonal fruits on top of fresh greens is a quick and easy way to spruce up any salad. We sprinkled a sliced pear and pomegranate seeds on top of spinach, and then added walnuts and Toby’s Chunky Feta dressing to finish it off.

Pear Pom Salad simple to put together and topped with Chunky Feta Dressing.

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad

Delicata squash are a unique squash with an edible outer skin. Start off by roasting your delicata squash. Halve them and scoop out the insides or pop them in whole. Once roasted, slice into half rings. Top with dried cranberries and Toby’s Chunky Feta. Easy “salad” for any Thanksgiving table!

Delicata Squash Roasted and tossed with dried cranberries and Toby's Chunky Feta Dressing. YUM YUM YUM

 

Not quite what you were looking to serve for Thanksgiving? We’ve got three more autumn salads for you right here!

Easy Thanksgiving Salads anyone can make!

3 Autumn Harvest Salads you'll be wanting to make all year long

Autumn Harvest Salad Ideas

Fall is in full swing, and with the leaves crunching below our feet and the crisp autumn air forcing us to layer up, we figured it was the perfect time to share some of our favorite seasonal salad recipes. That way, when you need a break from all of the hearty fall soups you are cooking up, you have some simple recipes at the back of your hand.

Read on to see what we’ve been creating in the Toby’s kitchen. These simple autumn harvest salad ideas will leave you feeling inspired all season!

3 Autumn Harvest Salads you'll be wanting to make all year long

1. Kale Crunch Salad

Fresh kale and apples are signature signs that autumn has arrived. This simple combination of kale, apple (we used Fuji), candied walnuts, and Toby’s Honey Mustard Dressing has the perfect balance of crunch, along with amazing autumn flavors from the apples, kale and candied walnuts.

Kale Crunch Salad | 3 Autumn Harvest Salads

2. Harvest Cobb Salad

With the abundance of squash around right now, we tried a seasonal twist on the traditional Cobb Salad, and the result was simply amazing. Start off with a generous serving of romaine lettuce. Then layer each of your ingredients row by row. We used hard-boiled eggs, diced apples, candied walnuts, roasted butternut squash, and avocado. Drizzle with Toby’s Blue Cheese, and enjoy!

It’s a great way to use leftover roasted squash and make use of all the other fall goodies out there!

Autumn Cobb Salad | 3 Autumn Harvest Salads

3. Apple, Cranberry, and Pecan Salad

The last of our harvest-themed salads is the perfect starter dish for any autumn gathering. Toss together spinach, apples, dried cranberries, and pecans, and drizzle with Toby’s Honey Mustard. Light and crisp just light the autumn air!

 

Spinach Pecan Apple Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing | 3 Autumn Harvest Salads

Check back next month for more harvest-themed salad recipes and perfect sides for Thanksgiving meals!