Updated 27 December 2016

5 New Year’s party treats your guests will love


WATCH: Chilli-choc almonds

What’s better than chocolate-covered nuts, you ask? Unsalted, toasted almonds enrobed in melted 70% dark chocolate made from responsibly grown and sourced cocoa, then sprinkled with dried chilli flakes and Maldon salt. That’s what.

Root-veggie fries

Cut butternut, sweet potato and carrots into match-stick fries, toss with a little olive oil and roast in batches (don’t crowd the pan!) for 35 to 30 minutes in a hot oven – tossing them every ten minutes  or so – until crisp. Mix 1 tablespoon sea salt and 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh herbs like chives and parsley and scatter over the fries. Serve with a dipping sauce made of 1 tablespoon of pesto stirred through ½ cup plain yoghurt.

Kale chips

Made a double batch of brocomole? We’re not judging. Put it to good use by serving it with kale chips – you know, the ones all the cool kids are eating. Make your own by tossing washed, dry kale leaves with olive oil, salt and whatever spices tickle your fancy, and spreading it out on a non-stick baking tray. Bake at 180 degrees celcius for about 10 minutes (keep a close eye, they burn easily!) until crisp. If all this sounds like too much effort, you can also buy the readymade version.

Easy fro-yo

Blend one cup plain or vanilla yoghurt, 6 ripe, frozen bananas and 400 grams fresh or frozen summer berries until smooth. Pour into a freeze-proof container and freeze until set.

Seed crackers and brocomole

Steam 250 grams broccoli florets until tender. Mash 2 avocados, the juice of 1 lime, ½ chopped red onion, 1 finely chopped green chilli and 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh coriander together. Blend the broccoli with 3 tablespoons of cream cheese and combine with the guacamole. Scatter with crunchy bacon bits if you’re feeling decadent and serve with seed crackers.


Start the new year on the right foot – stock up on fresh goodies at Woolies and earn Discovery Vitality points.


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