Healthy Holiday Recipes

Home for the holidays doesn’t need to equal “weight gain” for the holidays! Here are some healthy holiday recipes from the smart folks at to enjoy all season long.

Slim and Trim Apple Pecan Stuffing:

This healthy holiday recipe is filled with fiber, protein and is low in calories and saturated fat!

You’ll need:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions (finely chopped)
4 celery stalks (finely chopped)
4 green apples (peeled, cored and chopped)
5 cups cubed whole wheat bread (preferably several days old)
1 cups chopped, toasted pecans
½ cup low sodium chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon thyme

Cook the onions and celery in a pan with the oil until soft. Add the apples, sage and thyme and cook until soft. Transfer the mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the bread, pecans and just enough chicken broth to moisten the stuffing. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake the stuffing in the oven under covered foil for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove foil and bake for 5 additional minutes, or until stuffing is golden brown on the edges. Serves 10-12 happy guests!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Pecans:

Low in fat, high in fiber and a fantastic side dish!

You’ll need:
3 large sweet potatoes
4 tablespoons toasted pecans
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Peel the sweet potatoes, cut them in half and cook in a covered pot with water – bringing them to a boil for about 30 minutes.
When done, mash the sweet potatoes; add brown sugar and cinnamon to taste. Cover with toasted pecans (serves 6).

Winter Vegetables Puree:

The perfect side dish packed with protein and fiber!

You’ll need:

2 pounds of winter vegetables (parsnips, potatoes and celery root)
½ cup low fat milk
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper

Peel and cut the vegetables into cubes. Place in cold water and bring to a boil, cooking for about 30 minutes or until soft. Drain and mash well. Add milk, butter, salt and pepper to taste (serves 4).

Pomegranate Salad:

A low-calorie winter wonderland is the perfect description for this healthy holiday recipe!

You’ll need:
3 heads of butter lettuce
3 bunches of watercress
3 blood oranges (peeled and sectioned)
1/3 chopped walnuts
2/3 cup pomegranate seeds

Pomegranate dressing:

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup pomegranate juice
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop up your lettuce and watercress; add oranges, chopped walnuts and pomegranate seeds. Add dressing to taste and enjoy … serves up to 12 guests!

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