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Healthy Christmas Menu

Keep the holidays light and healthy with a table full of classic but healthy Christmas recipes. Our holiday menu ideas put a healthy spin on favorite Christmas dishes, such as mashed potatoes, roasts, scrumptious breads, and appetizers.


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    • Honey-Glazed Pork Roast

      It's easy to see that this melt-in-your-mouth pork roast will star at your holiday dinner. Sweet roasted peppers are the perfect complement to the tangy honey-lime glaze.

    • Warm Brie with Fig and Pistachio Tapenade

      Let the party begin with warm bites of soft baked Brie topped with honey-toasted pistachios and figs. This healthy appetizer recipe tastes great on crackers, fresh bread, or fruit slices.

    • Roasted Root Vegetable and Wilted Romaine Salad

      A turn in the oven gives colorful veggies like beets, carrots, and turnips a tender texture that's just right atop crispy romaine lettuce. Homemade thyme vinaigrette keeps this hearty holiday salad low-calorie. 

    • Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Bread Crumbs

      Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, pretty Hasselback potatoes make a scrumptious addition to any holiday meal. Each mineral-rich potato is under 200 calories, and, thanks to the crumbly chive-Parmesan topping, they're totally irresistible.

    • Moroccan Spiced Olives

      Talk about a marvelous munch. Nutty coriander and smoky cumin join forces with spicy chiles for a flavorful but light appetizer recipe that will tide you over until dinner.

    • Buttermilk-Sage Dinner Rolls

      Warm, sage-laced rolls lightly round out your holiday meal. Buttermilk makes the rolls extra fluffy and gives them a hint of tangy flavor that's perfect against sweet sage and a drizzle of honey.

    • Your New Favorite Side: Mashed Sweet Potatoes

      Take mashed potatoes to the next level with our recipe for mashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese and pistachios. Our video will show you how to get the creamiest results.

    • Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

      Believe it! This stunning holiday roast requires only 15 minutes of prep time. The earthy coffee-and-spice rub is easy to prepare and gives the tender meat a gorgeous and tasty crust.

    • Browned Butter Brussels Sprouts and Apples

      Just-tender apples and crispy walnuts make a holidayworthy side dish out of buttery Brussels sprouts. To turn up the flavor, sprinkle the sprouts with crushed red pepper.

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      Sour Cream and Corn Mashers

      Transform your mashed potatoes with juicy bites of sweet corn and crispy crushed cornflakes. The low-calorie duo combines with garlic and a spoonful of sour cream for ultraflavorful mashed potatoes.

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      Saucy Apple Pork Roast

      Nothing says holiday quite like a roast that's fresh from the oven. This boneless pork top loin roast gets its flavor from rosemary, garlic, pepper, apples, mustard, and lemon juice.

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      Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

      Serve bowls of this creamy root soup as a healthy side dish this Christmas. Simply spiced with nutmeg and white pepper, the rich flavors of butternut squash and carrot can shine.

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      Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

      Luscious apple cider sauce heightens the natural sweetness of tender acorn squash to complement the salty bacon and panko topper. If the sweet and savory flavor doesn't already have you hooked, consider that each yummy serving is only 87 calories.

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      Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs

      With nine grams of protein and fewer than 150 calories, these juicy meatballs are healthier than you think. The apple glaze makes them perfect for the holidays, while a dose of cayenne and ginger offers a spicy kick.

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      Butternut-Sage Crostini

      For a delicious holiday appetizer that packs a wallop of vitamin A and protein, try our squash-topped crostini. Toasty baguette slices form a crunchy base for alternating layers of sage-infused squash and spiced ricotta.

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      Smoked Gouda and Ale Loaf

      Each bite of this ale-infused bread gets heartier than the last, thanks to powerful ingredients like toasted almonds and applewood-smoked bacon. A handful of shredded Gouda cheese in the dough makes this holiday bread recipe even more rich. 

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      Roasted Pork with Apples

      Eight ingredients -- three of them from your spice rack -- add zing to roasted pork slices. Fresh cooking apples add a sweet side to the savory holiday recipe.

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      Heart-Healthy Cheesy Potatoes

      Serve a side dish that refuses to compromise. We've found a way to include sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, cornflakes, and hash browns in a heart-healthy potato side dish.

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      Seafood Bouillabaisse

      Tender shrimp, scallops, and mussels bubble with saffron, cayenne, and veggies in a savory vegetable broth. This stunning but healthy holiday soup is worthy of your Christmas dinner.

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      Asian Dumplings with Pickled Ginger Drizzle

      Homemade turkey-stuffed dumplings are the perfect holiday treat. Each tender bite is sauced up with our spicy, easy-to-make ginger drizzle.

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      Burgundy Beef Stew

      Invite friends and family to scoop up a bowlful of this hearty holiday stew. Each serving of this quick-prep holiday recipe packs a whopping 37 grams of protein. Who says the holidays are unhealthy?

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      Sesame Turkey

      Save your oven for the side dishes and try this take-it-easy turkey for your holiday meal. Cook turkey breast tenderloins in a slow cooker with flavors such as cayenne pepper, chicken broth, and soy sauce.

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      Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese, and Fennel Salad

      This healthy salad is a colorful addition to your Christmas table and features creamy goat cheese paired with sweet beets. Crunchy walnuts top it all off for a holiday side dish that's nearly a meal in itself.

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