Hosting a Healthy Tea Party 2015 Edition

Hosting a Healthy Tea Party 2015

Last year, I blogged on my healthy tea party and shared all the recipes I used. Are you ready for the 2015 edition? All new recipes! All healthy! All tasty!

I host the tea party every year on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day. This year, I really didn’t go overboard with the Valentine’s Day theme, so you can use all of these recipes any time of the year.

I served loose leaf teas from Discover Teas. Discover Teas has and online store and tea bars in Newport News and Williamsburg. They are also a Wellness Wife Wellness Resource sponsor. I also had a selection of Equal Exchange bagged tea. Equal Exchange is organic, fair trade tea. You can purchase Equal Exchange teas at Vitacost. Use my link and receive $10 off your first order. I will receive $10 off my next purchase if you use the link, so everyone will be happy. Please note, I will never see any of your personal information or what you order if you use the link. It’s just a referral bonus system. That’s all. 

Back to the recipes.

This year, I tried something new with the tea sandwiches. I couldn’t find the small tea sandwich-sized breads I usually use, so I bought a couple of very long whole grain baguettes, sliced them and made open-faced sandwiches. It seems to be the trend in tea parties right now anyway if you search “tea sandwiches” on Pinterest.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
  • Tea Sandwiches, finger sandwichesSlice baguette to about 3/4-inch thickness.
  • Use a potato peeler to remove the cucumber peel, then slice to desired thickness.
  • For the spread, I adapted the Easy Tzatziki recipe from Food.com. I omitted the cucumber from the recipe since it was going on a cucumber sandwich. I thought that would be overkill. So, it didn’t really end up being tzatziki after all.
  • Spread on baguette.
  • Place a cucumber or two on top.
  • Garnish with a mint leaf.
Roast Beef & Horseradish Tea Sandwiches
  • Slice baguette to about 3/4-inch thickness.
  • For the spread, I used Alton Brown’s Horseradish Cream Sauce recipe. I omitted the white wine vinegar because I used prepared horseradish instead of fresh.
  • Spread on baguette.
  • Place some shredded roast beef on top. If you choose lunch meat instead of hand-carved, make sure you select a good-quality brand that does not have nitrates or the other nasties of lunch meat.
Sweet Treats

Healthy Tea Party Sweet TreatsNo tea party is complete without scones. I used the Whole Wheat Blueberry Scone recipe from Clean & Delicious. I used sucanat as the raw sugar and subbed soy milk for cow’s milk.

For my cookie this year, I chose Skinny Snickerdoodles from the blog “making thyme for health.” These are gluten-free and vegan and oh so tasty! These cookies and the scones freeze well. I had leftovers and was hosting our small group Bible study later in the week so I froze them for a few days so they would be “fresh.” No one even knew (until now!)

I couldn’t resist making this Vegan Gingerbread from Pamela Salzman. And, no gingerbread is complete without lemon curd! How on earth do you make healthy lemon curd, you ask? Easy. Just don’t use sugar. This Clean Eating Lemon Curd recipe from The Gracious Pantry uses honey and meyer lemons (a sweeter, less tart variety).

Gingerbread with Lemon Curd

Mmm. Is there anything better than warm gingerbread with lemon curd?

 

Last, but certainly not least, were my Raspberry & Cream Cheese Mini Toasts, which I posted before Valentine’s Day for everyone’s holiday enjoyment.

Raspberry & Cream Cheese Mini Toasts

I also had a cheese and cracker plate because I know not everyone is a fan of sweets (even healthier ones).

A fun and healthy time was had by all. We missed my stepdaughter, who was away at college, and a few other “regulars” who couldn’t make it. But, I’ll be back at it next year with new recipes to surprise everyone – “I can’t believe that’s a healthy recipe!”

4 thoughts on “Hosting a Healthy Tea Party 2015 Edition

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks for stopping by! You CAN love sweets and be healthy at the same time! Check out my Pinterest account for healthy desserts and healthy cookie boards. I swear, you’ll love them just as much an no one will know!

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