The holidays are just around the corner, meaning your schedule is packed with holiday gatherings and events.
Trying to eat healthy can feel extra difficult during this time of year, especially when you want to eat without losing the “festive” feel of the season.
You have probably been wondering what to make for your family or bring to holiday parties this year. Well, spend no more of your precious time and mental energy trying to figure this out.
We decided to take the task of finding delicious and healthy holiday recipes off of your plate!
Behold: a dozen of the most colorful, flavorful, healthful holiday recipes for you to make and share with family and friends this year!
Eat these recipes, embrace the nourishment, and enjoy the holiday season without any food stress.
This dish is delicious served both warm or chilled. It is made with simple ingredients but is quite flavorful due to the fresh herbs.
This healthful and flavorful Shepherd’s Pie defies tradition by forgoing the usual ground or minced meat, and uses portobello mushrooms instead.
This cranberry relish requires no cooking, just a food processor for uniform chopping. The sweetness of the persimmons, apple, and tangerine balance the tartness of the raw cranberries.
This flavorful loaf is perfect for the holidays, or anytime you want a hearty main dish. It can be made with fresh or dried herbs. Make two loaves while you’re at it and freeze one for leftovers. This is delicious topped with Creamy Mushroom Gravy (recipe below)!
Impress your friends and family with this lovely recipe. It works great as main dish or side dish for a holiday meal.
Just 5 ingredients, with 5-star-worthy flavor.
This simple salad, seasoned with a French vinaigrette, is a classic dish in France. Because the flavors continue to meld, it’s also great the next day.
A classic roasted potato dish. Easy to throw together, and everyone will love it!
This delicious pie is similar to pumpkin pie but it is made with sweet potatoes (or yams) instead of pumpkin. The filling is sweetened with dates, thickened with a little oat flour, and the Pecan-Date Crust is just like a sweet, crumbly cookie!
Good ol’ pumpkin pie! Serve this at any holiday table, and people will ask for more.
BREADLESS bread pudding?! Yes… it has been done. And it is delicious.
Tara Kemp is the Director of Nutrition Education at Mastering Diabetes. She has been active in the field of health and nutrition for many years, including working with Forks Over Knives, Engine 2, and Dr. Neal Barnard and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Tara has a bachelor's degree in Education from Bucknell University, a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell, and is a Certified Food For Life Instructor through the Physicians Committee.