While many will be getting all decked out for New Year’s Eve parties in their gold, silver, shine and shimmer, I will be gearing up for a G-rated version of partying like it’s 1999. In attendance will be EP4L’s Vegan Party Meatballs.
It’s the newest appetizer to make the cut this year and will be a part of my New Year’s Eve preparation.
This year, New Year’s Eve will go a little something like this…
I will wake up that morning and do all the things you can’t do on New Year’s Day, well according to old wives’ tales, folklore, taboos, and superstitions. I will wash my hair and do my laundry to name a few – not because I think that it will set the tone for 2020 but because I’ve done it so many years now that it’s ingrained in my head. Who am I kidding? I am as superstitious as it gets. Because I will have so many chores that morning, Vegan Party Meatballs are great because they require very little preparation and will slow cook in the crock-pot while I’m folding my laundry.
Sweet, tangy, and effortless are the best way to describe Vegan Party Meatballs.
The recipe requires a crock-pot (a busy mom’s best friend) and just a few simple ingredients.
I addition to my hair and laundry, presoaking my black-eyed peas and preparing the collard greens is also on the chore list. Check out the post I did a few years back – Goodbye 2017. The secret to smokin’ collard greens and black-eyed peas is revealed in this post. It will make you finally ditch that ham-hock!
I will also prepare other appetizers to pair with Vegan Party Meatballs. These will be the finger foods that the hubby and the kids can munch on as we play games and watch the festivities on TV. The hope is that I will at least outlast my youngest (we are always the first to doze off before the countdown). If I fall asleep first, I will never hear the end of it.
A family favorite is EP4L’s Goddess Sun-dried Tomato Bruschetta. If you’ve missed this recipe post or if you need more vegan appetizer recipes, check out the post, 5 Vegan Holiday Appetizers.There you will discover my family’s favorite along with others like Vegan Pepper Poppers, Creamy Basil Dip, Smoky Sweet Potato Yummus, and Oh Snap! Mushroom Poppers.
And if you want to feed into your superstitions and ensure a prosperous 2020, serve Southern Flatbread Bites, as you bring in the new year. These flatbread bites are loaded with a slivered, cooked collard greens, black-eyed peas, sun-dried tomatoes and hummus.
The goal this New Year’s Eve is to get everything done early so I can enjoy time with the family, ensure a prosperous New Year and stay awake until 12:01.
Have a safe and joyous celebration!
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1.5 cups ketchup
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp. dry mustard
- 16 oz. cooked* plant-based meatballs, can also form meatballs from favorite ground plant-based product
- chopped green onions. optional garnish (green section only)
- Place first 5 ingredients in a crockpot. Stir until well combined.
- Add cooked plant-based meatballs* to crockpot. Be sure to coat the meatballs in the sauce.
- Set crockpot temperature on high and slow cook for 4 hours.
- Garnish with green onions.
*pre-make the meatballs according to package instructions. If forming your own meatballs from ground plant-based meat, place them on a foil-lined baking sheet that has been coated with cooking spray. Place in a 375-degree oven and bake 24-28 minutes, turning midway through baking process.