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#Festive Bites….. #hors d’oeuvres with #pomegranate and #avocado


Festive Bites

Festive Bites

Jingle bells…..jingle bells…..jingle all the way….., fortunately you cannot hear me singing (I have the worst voice) so you will just have to use your imagination.

Most of my gifts have been bought, except the last-minute purchases, traditionally done on Christmas Eve. Dont you just love going out on Christmas Eve and experiencing the energy (and sometimes desperation) of all the other shoppers?

With a couple of weeks left till the big day, I want to try to come up with the perfect main course. As the only vegan in my family, I usually make my own main dish, leaving my daughter and son-in-law to focus on the traditional dishes. This year I would love to have a spectacular dish to share with them. While I agree vegans do not need to replicate a “turkey”, I must admit, I am drawn to that taste and aroma. I guess I am a just sucker for tradition, (growing up in Australia, we would have a full tranditional hot meal complete with hot Christmas pudding even though it was the middle of summer and the temperature was usually north of 30 C). So if anyone has a favourite recipe crammed full of sage, cranberries, stuffing etc, please let me know.

One of the other nice parts of the Christmas season is getting together with friends and family, either a planned get together, or a spontaneous visit. With a few simple ingredients kept on  hand, you can whip up some delicious hors d’oeuvres in two minutes flat.

This week, while I was out doing Christmas shopping recon, I found these individual spoons for serving bite size hors d’oeuvres. What a wonderful idea.

The two recipes below use fairly common ingredients and deliver a great taste and festive visual.



Festive Bites

Festive Bites

Two Festive Bites:

Pomegranate Mango Guacamole Bites and Avocado Cucumber Ceviche

Pomegranate Mango

makes approx 2 1/2 cups

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 fresh serrano (or jalapeno) chile, finely minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup mango, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro (or parsley)

Mash avocado. In separate bowl, combine onion, chile and lime juice. Add avocado and mix well. Fold in pomegranate seeds, mango and cilantro.

Place 1 tblspn of mixture onto individual serving spoons. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

You could also have this as a spread/dip with crackers.

Avocado Cucumber Vegan Ceviche

makes approx 2 cups


  • 1/2 small onion finely minced
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1.2 tspn tabasco (or other hot) sauce
  • 2 Tblspns olive oil
  • sea salt and ground pepper to taste


  • 1 small or 1/2 large cucumber diced finely (if possible, leave skin on for green contrast)
  • 4 roma tomato’s finely diced (remove seeds if desired)
  • 1/2 avocado diced finely
  • parsley or chives to garnish

Make vinegarette by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Let sit for 10 mins to allow flavours to mix.

In separate bowl, combine cucumber, tomato’s and avocado. Add in vinegarette and mix well.

To serve, place tablespoonfuls into individual serving spoons. Top with sprig of parsley or a couple of chives. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

This is also delicious as a dip with corn chips, or you can leave the cucumber and tomato in large slices and drizzle the vinegarette over the top as a side salad.

Festive Bites

Festive Bites


Nutrition Facts Mango Pomegranate
Serving Size 30 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 37 Calories from Fat 29
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.2g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 1.4g 0%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%
Sugars 0.7g
Protein 0.5g
Vitamin A   2% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
Nutrition Grade B+
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

Good points


Nutrition Facts Cucumber/Avocado Cerviche
Serving Size 57 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 29 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.0g 3%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 2.9g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 4%
Sugars 1.1g
Protein 0.6g
Vitamin A   4% Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
Nutrition Grade A
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

Good points



2 thoughts on “#Festive Bites….. #hors d’oeuvres with #pomegranate and #avocado

  1. Look delicious with great stats!


  2. Pingback: Merry Vegan Christmas Feast | stairway to vegan

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