Yummy (and healthier) Holiday Recipe Suggestions :<)

It’s not always easy to think “healthier choices” when it comes to holiday recipes.

But it doesn’t have to be ALL bad either. ;)

Here’s a round-up of holiday-ready recipes from the Veggie…archives that I hope you will enjoy.

carrot hummus

Bold and Bright Carrot Hummus

This oh, so yummy hummus recipe was a winner in a recipe contest, here at Veggies, Yarns & Tails, a few years ago.

Delicious with crudité, tortilla chips, pitas…great on wraps too.

And what a gorgeous bright orange color to add to your holiday table.

party mix

Slow Cooker Party Mix

Who needs additive-laden commercial party mix, when it’s so easy to make it in the slow cooker?

Pick and choose your fav ingredients and leave out what you don’t want. This is by far, the best party mix I have ever tasted.

Fill up a pretty jar, add the recipe on a ribbon tie and it makes a great hostess gift too. :)

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta (page 92)

Kasha and Beet Salad with Celery and Feta

This is one of my all-time fav marinated salads.

Oh, so delish and colorful too. Gluten-free is an added bonus.

A great potluck or buffet table addition.

black bean soup

Black Bean Soup

What could be better after a day at the rink or skiing, than a hot and spicy bowl of black bean soup?

This is my version of this classic, comfort soup.

Makes a crowd-pleasing and oh so satisfying “meal in a bowl”. ;)

stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff with Herbed Pasta

My redo of this classic, oh so rich and yummy main dish. Lower in fat and no meat required!

If you are a meat-eater, you won’t miss the beef, I promise. ;)

And if you already  mushrooms like I do, this is definitely one you’ll enjoy.

Makes a quick and elegant main dish, perfect for a holiday supper.

berry fruit cobbler

Berry Cobbler

This luscious Berry Cobbler recipe is courtesy of the Veggie Table.

Lower in sugar than a lot of cobbler recipes. I sub Earth Balance for the butter and use buttermilk, not cream.

A nice dessert to make when you’ve got supper in the oven and want something sweet to finish a meal.

I make mine with organic frozen mixed berries (so convenient) and top with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt. Yumm…

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Happy Cooking and Happy Holidays! :)

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9 responses

  1. I’ve had all these recipes many times and they are all delicious.

    You are right, holiday recipes don’t have to be full of sugar and fat and can still taste great. I’m hungry just reading this.

  2. Thanks for sharing, will have to try some of these!

  3. Oh gosh that look so delicious Christmas food is always very difficult for me not to cook but even just to buy, I have one who is allergic to fruit, one who can’t have gluten, one who can’t have msg, one who is lactose intolerant and I do my best…I usually (to play it safe, go to the All Organic almost all gluten free store and hope I don’t make anybody sick

  4. Yum. I can’t wait to try the carrot hummus and the kasha and red beet salad.

  5. very delectable choices! Ad that cherry cobbler looks just perfect!

  6. I must confess Joe, I love all of these too. ;)

    And yes, of course treats are part of the holidays but they don’t necessarily have to be nutritional “write-offs” to be yummy and enjoyed by guests too.

    Let me know if you do Patti!

    Oh, that’s a lot of do’s and don’ts to remember L, I didn’t realize you cooked much at any time. I can’t imagine NOT loving to cook but if someone doesn’t, I say..leave it to the relatives at Christmas. ;)

    Good choices Tess. And not only delish but both are so colorful too.

    We savor and enjoy food first with our eyes first, then the taste! Presentation is SO important too.

    Flora, that’s such an easy but always perfect dessert. As I said above, I like to pop one in the oven, when I’m making a oven-baked dinner. This is the ultimate comfort dessert and perfect this time of year with bright red fruits added, like cherries, etc..

    Lady Fi, I agree. ;)

    Happy Holidays! G

  7. The carrot humus looks nice, as does the berry cobbler!

  8. I use too cook, I’m not useless in the kitchen I could make the best fettucine and clam sauce, and my pasta salad full of fresh broccoli and tomatoes and cauliflowers and oh black olives oh divine meatballs in sauces, turkey in the oven once upon a time then things change people got sick not of my cooking, now I just want 1,2,3 there’s ur meal and since I live alone doesn’t matter, nothing i use to make… can be eaten by my family anyway sister msg God-daughter gluten and loads of other things my son lactose intolerance although he ignores is, my brother no fruits , my other brother whose the real chef in the family use to make the greatest food and cakes and Christmas cakes and cookies and you name it he’s the baker,anyhoo I could go on and on I adore him but he moved too far away….so my son said mom no worries i’ll take care of all the cooking he is actually quite good and my sister brings stuff over for her daughter ’cause she can’t eat what’s here…I’m not at all hopeless in the kitchen, I’m just lazy :)

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