Healthy Holiday Recipes for Every Diet

Holiday Recipes

The holidays don’t need to be an unhealthy binge of bad food!

It can be easy to neglect your healthy eating habits over the holiday season, especially when you may be surrounded by not-so-healthy holiday fare, like candied yams, glazed ham, pot pie and cream-based casseroles. We know, they’re delicious, but they can also leave you feeling guilty and tired. If perhaps you’re in a situation where you can’t escape heavy holiday meals, take smaller portions and select the healthiest options.

To help out, I’ve put together wholesome recipes for every diet that are easy on the waistline.

For Clean Eaters

Mushroom and Leek Stuffing

Add nutrition and flavor to a traditional holiday dish with whole-wheat sourdough bread and portobello mushrooms.

Ingredients: (24 servings)

  • 1 680-gram loaf of whole-wheat sourdough bread or regular whole-wheat bread
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound of portobello mushrooms, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup of carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 large leek, trimmed, halved lengthwise and chopped
  • 1/2 cup of low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

Bulgur with Dried Cranberries

This simple recipe is a delicious twist on Middle Eastern tabbouleh. Yum!

Ingredients: (8 servings)

  • 1 cup of coarse-ground bulgur
  • 2 cups of cubed, peeled English cucumber (1/4 inches)
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup of green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of grated lemon rind
  • 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
For Vegetarians

Coconut Cardamom Sweet Potatoes

A savory potato dish is a must-have for every holiday meal. Switch it up with this unique recipe!

Ingredients: (10 servings)

  • 5 medium sweet potatoes (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup of light coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons of cardamom, ground
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup of unsalted pecan halves, chopped

Winter Greens Salad with Squash and Cranberry Vinaigrette

With ingredients like steamed squash and cranberry vinaigrette, this delicious salad will serve as a healthy and refreshing addition to your table.

Ingredients: (12 servings)

  • 1 small kabocha squash or 3 delicata squash, halved and seeded
  • 1/2 cup of walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of white balsamic vinegar or white-wine vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 medium clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 10 cups of torn frisée
  • 10 cups of escarole, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
For Meat Lovers

Fennel and Cumin-Roasted Turkey Breast with Thyme Gravy

This wholesome dish is perfect for a holiday party or family gathering. Dig in!

Ingredients: (10 servings)

  • 1 (5-pound) bone-in turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, divided
  • 5/8 teaspoon of black pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds, crushed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 cups of unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • Cooking spray

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

You can’t go wrong with a simple chicken and vegetable recipe!

Ingredients: (4 servings)

  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds of small new potatoes (about 20)
  • 1 pound of medium carrots (about 6)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 lemon
  • 8 sprigs of fresh thyme

You and your health won’t have anything to worry about this holiday season if you replace canned goods and high-calorie baked dips with warm roasted vegetables, lean meats and flavorful herbs. We would like you to share your favorite healthy holiday dishes, too!

 

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