If you want to eat healthy, you don’t need to take a break from it during the holidays. Rather than feeling guilty about loading up on carbs and sugar during Christmas dinner, check out our picks for healthy Christmas courses. Not only are they better for you than traditional holiday fare, they’re also easy to make and super-tasty!
This main dish is an excellent low-fat option for Christmas dinner. Salmon contains a lot of high-quality protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. With a fiery salsa, you can give this succulent fish a nice kick! Before serving, spice up the salmon with a salsa made from hot chili peppers, onions, fresh herbs, and some walnuts. Serve with lemon wedges for some extra zest.
This is a great side, and not just for vegetarians. The mushrooms make a good meat substitute to a hearty cornbread stuffing. You can use any type of fresh mushroom to prepare this dish, although oyster mushrooms are probably best. Tip: Make the cornbread two days ahead so that it dries out a bit for even more flavour.
Despite these scalloped potatoes being very creamy and rich, they are made without milk, butter, or cheese! This vegan dish is sure to satisfy all your guests. Just substitute the milk with almond milk. We take some fresh herbs and spices to make a flavourful sauce. Sprinkle with almonds on top before serving. Great as a side, or as a main dish!
Steak always makes a nice main course, and this one is especially great for festive occasions. Skirt steak isn’t just flavourful, it is also easy and quick to make, and doesn’t cost the world. Tip: Cut the steaks thinly against the grain to give them the best texture.
Made with lentils, apples, and parsnips, this low-fat, spicy, and warming soup is perfect for the holiday season. Fry curry paste and onions, then add parsnips, lentils, and apple pieces. Add vegetable stock and bring the mix to a simmer. Cook at reduced heat for 30 minutes. Put the soup in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with natural yogurt and coriander to taste!
The healthy yet tasty low-carb lemon coconut cake is a holiday favourite. What makes it special is that it doesn’t contain wheat, gluten, or any added sugar. Mix almonds, coconut, baking powder, sweetener, and psyllium husk together. Add a bit of melted butter and some eggs, then mix. Now, add some lemon juice and zest and pour the mix into a greased ring tin. Bake at 180°C for 30 minutes.
The original XO sauce from Hong Kong is a spicy mix of seafood, ham, and chili peppers. For our healthy mushroom XO sauce variant, we use mushrooms as an alternative to the ham. The sauce is still as spicy as before, and it goes wonderful with the green beans.
Mashed, oil-fee root vegetables seasoned with a touch of dill make a delicious and hearty side dish that’s healthier than your ordinary mashed potatoes.
Add chopped carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes to a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and let the mix simmer for 10 minutes until the veggies are tender. Drain almost all water, but leave about one cup. Mash the veggies and add salt and pepper to taste. Voila - your healthy mashed potato alternative is ready to be served!
Another tasty and filling Christmas classic, the good old pot roast, but with a healthy twist! Instead of the usual soup, we use strongly-brewed coffee to braise our roast. Together with the caramelised onions, our pot roast has a unique flavour without the unhealthy sodium! Tip: You can also make it in a slow cooker. Brown the roast in the oven, then put it in the slow cooker together with ½ cup of coffee and the onion mix.
This holiday dish for vegans looks quite fancy, but it’s nevertheless easy to make. After you microwave the sweet potatoes, slice them into medallions, brush them lightly with oil, then sear until they become like small vegan steaks. The rich, nutty sauce and the arugula chickpea salad adds colour and a peppery bite to the plate. If you want, you can substitute the chickpeas with navy beans or cannellini.