All your holiday favorites made healthy and light with simple ingredient swaps, fresh foods, and easy cooking hacks! Fun twists on classic holiday dishes with all the taste AND a much better nutritional profile.
December already, friends?! Can you believe it?! I really can’t believe it actually.
All of 2016 seemed to fly by, but these past few months have been especially quick. The holidays have always been a super busy time of year for me with lots of family birthdays (including my own) and the two major celebration days of course, but this year has been EXTRA crazy and chaotic. Moving, spontaneous trips with friends, marathon training….it’s just NUTS!
Sometimes, this year more than ever, I find myself a few days out from the big days without a concrete plan of what I’ll be making or serving to family or friends. Well, I made a vow to myself…NOT THIS YEAR!
No matter how fast the holidays seemed to sneak up, I am determined to be well prepared and ready to make my family’s holidays the best ever! I did well with Thanksgiving thanks to lots of inspiring Friendsgiving ideas here and a some menu planning with my Healthy Alternatives to Holiday Classics roundup, but now with Christmas coming soon, I knew it was time to put my thinking cap on again!
I, for one, LOVE menu planning. It’s fun for me! I love coming up with new ways to make classic recipes a little healthier (and TASTIER) and figuring out how to craft a meal that goes well together. Different people like different things, but there are definitely some staple holiday comfort foods that everyone can agree on.
Comfort food. That’s the theme I decided to go with for this year’s holiday meal. Classic, traditional, perfectly providing of that warm & fuzzy feeling that only favorite dishes can create inside of you. Being me though, I wanted to do these comforting staples with a healthy spin! It wouldn’t be a Healthy Helper holiday without that, you know?!
In my own menu planning, I found some really amazing recipes from friends around the web that also had the same idea about amping up the nutrition in some classic Christmas appetizers, sides, and desserts! I’ve collected them here for you today to add to your own holiday menu. A lot of these will be on my family’s table this year and I think once you see them for yourself, you’ll want to add them to yours too!
Vegan Pork n’ Bean Mac and Cheese | Healthy Helper
Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Quinoa Gratin | Bytesized Nutrition
HCLF Vegan Cheddar Broccoli Soup | Healthy Helper
Roasted Sweet Potato and Beet Stacks | Eat the Gains
Creamy Spinach and Kale Dip | Minimalist Baker
Sweet Celeriac Mash | Healthy Helper
Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Easy Cranberry Dressing | Miss Allies Kitchen
Oil-Free Roasted Kabocha | Healthy Helper
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes | Whole Health Hacks
Fresh n’ Fruity Sweet Potato Hash | Healthy Helper
Healthier Green Bean Casserole | Gimme Some Oven
Roasted Root Veggies | Leah’s Plate
Gluten-Free Potato Ranch Biscuits | Healthy Helper
Sweet and Savory Sausage Squash Stuffing | My Uncommon Everyday
Pumpkin Spice Walnut Cake | Healthy Helper
Low-Fat Vegan Pudding Pie Tart | Healthy Helper
Mini Crustless Pumpkin Pies | Healthy Helper
Flourless Red Velvet Brownies | Healthy Helper
With this delicious roundup, you can have your favorite holiday foods the whole season thru! Same great flavor with much better nutritional qualities and ingredients. The best of both worlds in my opinion!
What are your favorite holiday comfort foods?
What recipe do you most want to try from the roundup?
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