New Year’s Eve Healthy Recipe Package: Simple Snacks, Sweets & Spirits For A Tasty Night

New Years is just days away… ready?

It’s totally okay if you’re not.

In fact, I kind of hope you’re not so you can use these recipes!

They might be perfect if…

  • You’re like us and plan on staying in and having a relaxing New Year’s Eve.
  • Or you plan on heading to a party and need an easy recipe that looks fancy and taste amazing.

To help bring a wider selection, I’ve partnered with my friend Erin (she was on the podcast).

Arriving With Arugula

Erin just launched an healthy food blog, Arriving With Arugula and since both of us have a passion for pretty food, we decided to join forces.

I knew I wanted to share recipes for the ball drop, but I wanted to do more than a single recipe or two, so tackling this project together just made sense.

Below you’ll find inspiration for appetizers, desserts and cocktails…

Just skip the entree, make a plate of delicious finger foods and move straight to dessert.

A secret ingredient in the dessert that can make it just as nutritious as a dinner. Intrigued?

Each recipe can be tweaked to cater to your tastebuds.

  • Don’t like candied ginger? Leave it off or use chopped dried mango instead.
  • Don’t like Grand Marnier? Go traditional and use Chambord… or just leave the liquor out and load your cup with champagne and berries.
  • Don’t like shrimp? Use crab, chicken or even chopped walnuts.

One thing I promise you…

Erin and I share 2 recipe requirements:

They must be simple and they must be “somewhat” healthy.

New Years Eve deserves a bit of a naughty feel, so splurging on eggnog and fudge is definitely going to happen.

Cocktail: Hot Chocolate Eggnog

hot chocolate eggnog

All the best flavors on the holidays in one drink. I used Califia Farm’s Almond Milk Eggnog and Ghiradelli’s Double Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate Mix because of their ingredient list and availability!


  • 2 Tbsp Instant Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Eggnog (I used Almond Milk Eggnog)
  • 2 Oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Ice
In a shaker, add all ingredients. Shake until smooth and cold. Pour over ice or without.
Makes 2 cocktails.

Cocktail: Kir Royale +1

kir royale
A spin on an old favorite.

A traditional Kir Royale is champagne and Chambord (or other raspberry liquor).

This blends the idea of adding a fruit liquor and a US favorite, mimosa to take it up a notch by using Grand Marnier instead.


  • 1/2 Oz Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 Oz Fresh Orange Juice
  • 3 Oz Champagne
  • Fresh Raspberries

Pour in the liquor and orange juice before slowly pouring in the champagne. 

Appetizer: Shrimp & Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

shrimp goat cheese stuffed mushrooms

Erin developed this recipe and I’m so happy she did because it’s DELICIOUS.

Stuffed mushrooms are one of those hor d’oeuvres that seems so elegent but are extremely simple. They are always a crowd pleaser.


  • 4 Oz Goat Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 5 Basil Leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 4 Shrimp
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil (divided)
  • ~20 Cremini Mushrooms
  • ¼ Cup Diced Mushroom Stems
  • 1/2 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Spinach 


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whip 4 oz goat cheese in food processor for 1 minute.

Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil and chopped basil leaves. Blend 1 minute and set aside.

Peel and de-vein shrimp (if needed). Season shrimp with 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning on both sides.

Warm 1/2 tsp olive oil in oven-proof pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook until opaque (3 minutes on the first side, flip and cook an additional minute).

Set shrimp on a cutting board and when cool enough to handle, chop and place in small bowl.

Clean mushrooms by wiping off any dirt with a paper towel. Remove stems and dice just enough to yield  ¼ cup (about 8 stems).

Chop spinach.

Using the same pan from the shrimp, add 1/2 tsp olive oil and heat over medium. Add diced stems, ½ tsp minced garlic, and spinach. Cook 3 minutes.

Add mixture into the bowl with the shrimp. Add the basil goat cheese, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes and stir until combined.

Fill the mushrooms, slightly mounding at the top. Set filled mushrooms in the same pan and place in oven.

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Dessert: Orange Ginger Fudge

Box Pushups

Cakes and pies are over rated. The best dessert, is a grab and snack dessert. You eat a piece here, you eat a piece there.

And even better, a dessert that doesn’t make you feel in deprived OR guilty. This is it.


  • 1 Can Black Beans, Rinsed & Drained
  • 2 Chocolate Bars, 75% Dark – broken into pieces
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Tsp Stevia
  • 1 Orange, Zested
  • 1/4 Cup Candied Ginger


In a food processor, or blender, blend beans, chocolate pieces, coconut oil, powder and stevia.

Blend until smooth. You may have to scrape the sides a few times to help.

Stir in the orange zest.

Pour fudge mix into a 9×9 pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle candied ginger over the top.

Freeze for 4+ hours, cut into squares and serve.

Happy New Year!

New Year Recipes

Thank you Erin for you help on pulling off this delicious ansamble. Get more from Erin at and @arrivingwitharugula on Instagram.

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