Heart-Healthy Holiday Recipes

Keep the holidays light and healthy without sacrificing time-honored favorites. Our recipes feature good-for-you solutions to traditional dishes, such as stuffing, meatloaf, apple pie, and cranberry sauce.

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Stuffed Pork Loin
Stuffed Pork Loin

    As pretty as it is tasty, this red-and-green-stuffed pork loin features the flavors of tart cherries, wild rice, sage, and apricot jam. The sweet and savory combination would make a fine holiday entree.

Wild Rice Stuffing

    Stuffing says "holiday" more than any side dish, and ours has just 64 calories and zero fat per serving. We've gathered brown and wild rice, chicken bouillon, green onions, mushrooms, and celery in a healthier take on a tradition.

Cranberry Sauce with Lime and Ginger

    The perfect accompaniment to the holiday bird, this maple-syrup-sweetened sauce cooks in less than 15 minutes and can be made several days before the feast.

Herbed Port Pot Roast

    Who needs the calories of a higher-fat cut of beef when you can enjoy the slow-cooked goodness of a pot roast with port wine, tomato sauce, spices, and onion?

Rosemary-Rubbed Lamb Chops

    This succulent apricot-glazed lamb is special enough to headline the most elegant menu. Mustard and rosemary add savory flavor to its sweet glaze.

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.

Pecan Pie Bars

    Opting for one of these tasty bars over a pecan pie slice will save you calories, fat, and cholesterol. Plus, you still get the sweet taste of pecans mixed with brown sugar, butter, and vanilla.

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

    Plug in the slow cooker, toss in some lean beef stew meat, sweet potatoes, an onion, and a few other warm-you-up ingredients for a stew that will satisfy a hungry holiday crowd.

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 dish.

Heart-Healthy Meatloaf

    Think meatloaf's off the menu when you're eating heart-smart? Think again. This lean holiday dinner features ground turkey breast, rolled oats, and fresh veggies and spices to keep things deliciously light while celebrating a classic.

Turkey Stroganoff

    Warm noodle casseroles are classics at the holiday table. Make this one the family's new favorite with heart-smart ingredients, such as whole wheat noodles, turkey breast tenderloin, mushrooms, and broccoli florets. Dig in!

Apple Cranberry Crisp

    As tasty as it is simple to fix, this down-home recipe will remind you of Grandma's old-fashioned holiday dessert.

Grilled Rosemary Chicken

    Enjoy the flavors of lime juice, fresh rosemary, and a touch of sugar in this low-fat take on a family favorite.

Sweet Potatoes with Orange and Ginger

    Heart-healthy sweet potatoes highlight this side dish treat. Orange peel, brown sugar, chopped pecans, and a bit of ground ginger are also in the mix.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

    Save on sodium in this classic casserole with low-sodium varieties of cream of mushroom soup and chunk white tuna. Fresh veggies, cheese, and oodles of noodles complete the dish.

Pork Medallions with Cranberry Chutney

    Either fresh cranberries or whole cranberry sauce works well for the ruby-red chutney in this festive entree.

Ginger Squash Soup

    Fresh squash, onions, and garlic make this heart-healthy soup especially tasty as a holiday appetizer.

Chili Bean-Stuffed Peppers

    This vegetarian favorite makes the veggie the bowl. Stuff a carved-out sweet pepper with rice, chili beans, tomato sauce, onion, and cheese, toss it in a slow cooker, and sit back while your holiday dish simmers.

Sesame Turkey

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

Maple-Thyme Pork Chops

    This 20-minute dinner feeds four, requires only seven ingredients, and combines sweet maple with classic pork chops. What's not to love?

Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese, and Fennel Salad

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

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs

    Made in a slow cooker while you focus on your holiday celebration, these cranberry sauce-infused meatballs make a festive party appetizer.

Sour Cream Apple Pie with Gingerbread Crust

    We'll help you make a gingerbread pastry (you'll need just six basic ingredients), and you can top it with a delightfully familiar blend of sugar, vanilla, apples, and cinnamon.

Saucy Apple Pork Roast

    Nothing says "holiday" quite like a roast freshly out of the oven. This boneless pork top loin roast gets its flavor from rosemary, garlic, pepper, apples, and a few savory ingredients such as mustard and lemon juice.

Braised Seasoned Brussels Sprouts

    A trio of seeds -- mustard, cumin, and fennel -- along with fresh ginger add big, bold flavor to these traditional vegetables.

Apple-Glazed Turkey

    Lemon juice, garlic, and sage boost the flavor of the turkey, while apple jelly provides a subtly sweet finish in this healthful recipe.

Sublime Wine Crackers

    The hint of wine in these crackers makes them the perfect partners for cheese spreads and dips.

Raisin-Pumpkin Tart

    Canned pumpkin makes this recipe a cinch. You'll also add almonds, raisins, and basic baking ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen.

Chunky Minestrone Soup

    Cutting back on the sodium is the key to this soup's heart-healthfulness. You'll love the beans, zucchini, onion, carrot, and tomatoes that give the soup its flavor.

Tiramisu Shots

    Our recipe will help you whip up 12 servings of these tasty little takes on tiramisu. Brewed espresso gives them a zippy finish and a chocolate-covered espresso bean adds a decorative and tasty flourish.

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