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.
Stuffed Pork Loin
Wild Rice Stuffing
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.
Cranberry Sauce with Lime and Ginger
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.
Herbed Port Pot Roast
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.
Rosemary-Rubbed Lamb Chops
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?
Heart-Healthy Cheesy Potatoes
This succulent apricot-glazed lamb is special enough to headline the most elegant menu. Mustard and rosemary add savory flavor to its sweet glaze.
Pecan Pie Bars
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.
Beef and Sweet Potato Stew
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.
Roasted Pork with Apples
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.
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.
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.
Apple Cranberry Crisp
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!
Grilled Rosemary Chicken
As tasty as it is simple to fix, this down-home recipe will remind you of Grandma's old-fashioned holiday dessert.
Sweet Potatoes with Orange and Ginger
Enjoy the flavors of lime juice, fresh rosemary, and a touch of sugar in this low-fat take on a family favorite.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
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.
Ginger Squash Soup
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.
Chili Bean-Stuffed Peppers
Fresh squash, onions, and garlic make this heart-healthy soup especially tasty as a holiday appetizer.
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.
Maple-Thyme Pork Chops
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.
Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese, and Fennel Salad
This 20-minute dinner feeds four, requires only seven ingredients, and combines sweet maple with classic pork chops. What's not to love?
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.
Sour Cream Apple Pie with Gingerbread Crust
Made in a slow cooker while you focus on your holiday celebration, these cranberry sauce-infused meatballs make a festive party appetizer.
Saucy Apple Pork Roast
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.
Braised Seasoned Brussels Sprouts
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.
A trio of seeds -- mustard, cumin, and fennel -- along with fresh ginger add big, bold flavor to these traditional vegetables.
Sublime Wine Crackers
Lemon juice, garlic, and sage boost the flavor of the turkey, while apple jelly provides a subtly sweet finish in this healthful recipe.
The hint of wine in these crackers makes them the perfect partners for cheese spreads and dips.
Chunky Minestrone Soup
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.
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.
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.