Who doesn´t love Christmas? In fairness, I do not know anyone who doesn´t! 🙂
Christmas time can be happy, glorious, beautiful, loving, but also pretty stressful. You want to make sure you have everything ready for Christmas holidays, that includes tiding up your house, shopping Xmas gifts, and also cooking and baking for the whole family.
I find the cooking and baking relaxing. Of course, when I don´t have to be in rush. 🙂
We all love our traditional Christmas food and cakes. There is no real Christmas without your favourite food and cakes. I really get it!
However, I believe, some people really want to experiment a little bit and try the healthier version of Christmas cooking.
I researched 5 Top Healthy Christmas Recipes to gain some inspiration for those who wanna try to eat healthier this year. These are not my own recipes, however, I think the authors deserve some credit for their awesome work!
1. BREAKFAST – Pumpkin Chai French Toast
What I love about this recipe is that it´s actually very easy, yet in a way unique. Ingredients like cardamom, pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice makes it a special French Toast.
If you´re fan of Chai you´ll really love this breakfast recipe! Check out more here.
2. APPETIZER – Blue Cheese Mousse Prosciutto Cup with Gin Poached Pear
Sounds fancy, right? I think adding some alcohol in the food is not too bad. Not only wine but also gin offers so much potential for baking and cooking.
This appetizer is a good idea when you have guests during Christmas holidays. Normally, when you go to holiday party you´re surrounded by many unhealthy, deep fried appetizers full of fat and salt. I admit, it´s tasty, but as you all know, not very healthy and satisfying.
These healthy blue cheese mousse cups consist of some varied flavoured ingredients that are just perfect for Xmas holidays.
3. LUNCH or APPETIZER – Curried Lentil, Parsnip and Apple Soup
Some people have a tradition to cook soups as a starter for their Xmas dinner. And some eat something light during Xmas lunch so that they can be ready for a big dinner. I let you decide what purpose should this dish serve.
What I love about this recipe is an awesome combination of ingredients. This spicy low-fat soup can make it a great starter for your Xmas dinner.
4. CHRISTMAS DINNER (FISH) – Baked Cod Fish with Scallions and Olives
I love cod fish! Cod fish is sometimes referred to as the Chicken of the Sea, because of it’s white flaky meat and mild taste. There are 2 species of this fish, Atlantic and Pacific. I love its flavour. It´s very tasty, smooth and low fat. I think it´t a perfect meal for your Xmas dinner!
In Portugal, you can prepare cod fish in 365 different ways! Yes, it´s their national food! However, this time I share with you the cod fished prepared by Nonna who shares grandma´s italian recipes with the new generations.
You can access the full recipe here.
5. CHRISTMAS DINNER (MEAT) – Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin
I would say Beef Tenderloin is a classic! But you can bring the classic up to date and try this coffee-crusted beef tenderloin.
One would say it´s easy to prepare it, you just season it and let it roast in the oven. However, there are several mistakes you can easily make when preparing tenderloin. To avoid them you can check this post that shows you five common mistakes to avoid when making beef tenderloin.
Check the full recipe written by Better Homes & Gardens.
6. DESSERT – Nana´s Creole Pecan Cake Bars
I hope whoever reads this post is not allergic to pecans 🙂 🙂 If you are, then I´m sorry, I believe you can switch to an alternative ingredient here, maybe. Use your imagination 🙂
I chose this recipe because I love pecans, dates and spices used in this recipe. To my taste, the original recipe uses way too much sugar (2 cups). I would personally use only 1 cup and maybe less dates. But this depends on everyone´s taste 🙂
The reviews about this recipe tell these cake bars are super delicious and chewy. And what´s great is that each cake bar has only 132 calories! Yaay!
Check this recipe here.
I really hope you enjoyed these healthy Xmas recipes I collected for you. All of them have a great combination of ingredients that serve as a bit of healthier alternative to Xmas food.
I wish you all happy cooking and baking and great time with your family and friends!