23 Delicious Christmas Recipes You Won't Believe Are Healthy
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.
Warm Brie with Fig and Pistachio Tapenade
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.
Test Kitchen Tip: Make this easy appetizer up to seven days before serving.
Asian Dumplings with Pickled Ginger Drizzle
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.
Roasted Root Vegetable and Wilted Romaine Salad
Trim the calories and carbs while boosting the vitamins in your healthy Christmas side dishes by using riced cauliflower instead of couscous, rice, or other small grains. To fit the holiday color scheme, this superfood-loaded recipe calls for spinach, pistachios, green onions, and dried cranberries.
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.
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.
Sour Cream and Corn Mashers
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. As one reviewer raved, "This stuff is addictive".
Slow-Cooked Sourdough Peasant Bread
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.
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.
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.
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?
Honey-Glazed Pork Roast
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.
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.
Star Mint Meringues
Yes, you can have a cocktail as part of a healthy Christmas menu! This warming whiskey drink is like an old fashioned with a modern twist: a splash of ginger kombucha (a tasty probiotic drink).