Christmas is the season for giving the fanciest gifts and organizing the biggest parties! Sadly, with all the food and booze in parties, it’s also the season for weight gain! This Christmas, worry no more about the size of your waist with these healthy Christmas dinner recipes down below:
Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions
Pot dish is an amazing dish, but normal pot roast recipes contain too much sodium! Spare your body the excess sodium and go for some coffee-braised pot roast with caramelized onions instead! Find the recipe for this dish and for its slow-cooked variation here.
Green Bean Casserole
Instead of a casserole made with canned soup that contains so much fat and sodium, go for this recipe of casserole! The low-fat milk is sure to make a rich and creamy casserole, and the white sauce with sliced fresh mushrooms and sweet onions will leave your party guests wanting for more!
Savory Cauliflower Cake
When someone says ‘cake,’ we automatically think of layers of calories, fat, sugar and sodium, but cake doesn’t have to be unhealthy! This recipe for a savory cauliflower cake is a cross between a quiche and a meatless meatloaf. It uses garbanzo bean flour for a vegetarian dish that’s sure to be the star at any dinner party!
Soft Whole-wheat Dinner Rolls
Whole-wheat dinner rolls are hard to find in supermarkets and even in local bakeries, so why not make your own. Find the recipe for this low-calorie, low-sodium dinner rolls here.
Warm Red Cabbage Salad
Say what you want, but the truth is that not all salads are healthy! Most salads have commercial dressing that’s chockfull of sugar or fructose. Some have high-calorie croutons and full-fat cheeses. With this recipe for warm red cabbage salad, you won’t have any of those problems! This German-inspired side dish combines red cabbage with sweet apples, caraway, and a tangy vinaigrette for a perfectly healthy salad!
Sweet Potato Casserole
Put a twist on traditional, normal casserole by transforming it into sweet potato casserole! This healthy version of casserole does away with the usual stick of butter by replacing it with honey and freshly grated orange zest. For that perfect finish, top it with a sprinkle of crunchy pecan streusel and some orange juice concentrate. Get the recipe for this fabulous dish here.
Honey-oat Quick Bread
The one food item that usually never leaves our tables is bread. Honey-oat quick bread is a tasty and healthy replacement for the soft and fluffy white bread we’re used to. Find the recipe here.
Squash and Leek Lasagna
Because of its layers of meat and cheese and calories, lasagna is often a guilty pleasure for most of us. However, this recipe for squash and leek lasagna uses grated butternut squash, pine nuts, and sautéed leeks so you can have your lasagna without the guilt!
Butternut and Barley Pilaf
Pilaf is a Turkish dish where rice is cooked in seasoned broth and mixed with cooked vegetables, dried fruits, and other meats and fish. However, this recipe for pilaf uses winter squash, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest for a lively butternut and barley pilaf that goes well with chicken and pork!
Cranberry, Cherry, and Walnut Marmalade
Cranberry, cherry, and walnut marmalade is the gluten-free, low-fat, and low-sodium take on classic marmalade. Find the recipe for this fresh and crunchy, sweet yet healthy marmalade here.