Mary Baum

Recipe RoundUp: Healthy Bridal Shower Eats

After Meghann’s Bridal Shower over the weekend, I have been asked by a few people about what we served in regards to the food. Look no further – here is everything that we served at the party!!

I was browsing on Pinterest a few weeks ago for ideas, and I found this amazing recipe for Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites. I altered the recipe a little bit, based on what I had on hand in my house. I added an extra egg, substituted parmesan cheese for mozzarella, left out the onions, and used a full size cupcake pan rather than a mini one. I would have stuck to the full recipe, but I overlooked it a bit while shopping. Woops! It still turned out amazing! This recipe was definitely a crowd pleaser. I think it might just become my staple party appetizer – it was that good!

Next up, I made a vegan salad, packed with lots of goodies. The great part about this recipe, is that you can throw just about any veggie in, and it will work. I used what I had in the fridge and just packed it in the salad.

Photo from Diana

I knew I wanted a sweet dish as well, but not too dessert like, so I checked out Driscoll’s website! I was sent a few coupons for Driscoll’s berries, so why not check out their tried and true ways to use what they know best! I picked the Raspberry Ricotta Dip, and just made 2 small adjustments. Instead of using only raspberries, I also put in some strawberries. I also bought a loaf of french bread, dusted it with cinnamon sugar butter (very lightly), and stuck it in the oven for a few minutes to toast. I then placed the dip on top of the bread, which made a tasty treat! Next time I might pair it with fruit to dip or even cinnamon graham crackers.

Photo from Diana

My favorite part of this recipe is that I have been able to repurpose it a couple of times now. I put it on a bagel earlier this week as a healthy cream cheese option, and then put a scoop in my overnight oats. It is a very diverse recipe!

The last food option I had was another vegan dish – quinoa fruit salad. We had a few vegetarians and one vegan that attended the shower, and it is very important to me that everyone had something that they were able to eat, hence all of the meatless options. Plus, everyone that came to the shower is willing to try new things, so I knew this would be a good group to test these dishes on.

For the fruit salad, I omitted the nuts just in case there were any allergies I wasn’t aware of, and then I added raspberries instead of mangos and peaches. Once again, it is what I had on hand, and a good cost saver :)

The adorable pumpkin cupcakes were made by Stephanie, and she did such a great job! She found the recipe on the Brown Eyed Baker, and made them super cute for the snowflake theme! The creme cheese icing was without a doubt the highlight of the dessert. It was so creamy and delicious!

Photo from Steph

Now of course, you have to save the best for last! What did we put in those adorable mason jar glasses???

Some very very tasty sangria! Out of the girls that came to the shower, I think 6 of them asked for the sangria recipe. It was not too sweet or overpowering, and truly tasted homemade. Here’s my secret – it wasn’t! I was also sent 1 bottle of Eppa Sangria to try earlier in the week, and I thought it was fantastic. Rather than wasting time (and money) making my own, I went ahead and picked up 2 more bottles from Publix, put them in the fridge, and then just added fruit to soak the morning of the bridal shower.

A few quick details about the sangria: “Eppa Sangria is a smooth, rich and fruit-forward wine made in northern California. The palate-pleasing wine is created by blending select varietals, including organically grown Mendocino Cabernet and Syrah. The Cabernet provides the structure and depth while the Syrah brings fruit flavors to the party. The grapes are then blended with a unique combination of organic superfruit juices including pomegranates and blueberries as well as Mediterranean blood oranges, acai berries and natural citrus essences.”

If you throw a shower for someone, do you stick to pretty diverse menu options? Are there any great recipes that you have made that work well for groups?

I was provided with coupons for Driscoll’s berries, and 1 bottle of Eppa Sangria from the Baddish Group. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and are not influenced by the agency.  I was not asked to use the food for the party – I chose to do so because I knew my friends would love it too. ;)

12 Responses

  1. Beth
    Beth September 12, 2012 at 9:23 am |

    Geez Mary! All of this looks amazing. I’m not gettied married, nor am I pregnant so can you just make me this stuff anyway? Lol! I will be stealing the buffalo quinoa recipe for sure!

  2. Laura
    Laura September 12, 2012 at 10:08 am |

    What a great party- love this combination of shower foods. The quinoa fruit salad sounds really fun, and those cupcakes are adorable!

  3. Danielle
    Danielle September 12, 2012 at 11:13 am |

    Eppa Sangria is the best! I had it at my bridal shower too. :)

  4. Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife
    Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife September 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm |

    the recipes looked awesome! you guys are so sweet to throw her a surprise party! shes lucky to have friends like you!

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