Have a delicious holiday feast with a healthy twist. Here are a variety options to satisfy your taste buds and impress your guests.
Veggies and Salads
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African heritage and culture that takes place in late December. The week culminates in a delicious feast. In fact, the name Kwanzaa is derived from a Swahili phrase meaning ‘first fruits.’ Sweet potatoes, a staple of African cuisine, are plentiful here in Canada, too’plus, they are loaded with health-boosting vitamin A.
This is a colourful and zesty way to serve potatoes at holiday dinners (and offers more vegetable variety than traditional scalloped potatoes). If you add the potatoes warm to the sautéed vegetables, they’ll absorb the flavours and improve the finished dish. Each serving has 131 calories and 6 grams of fat (1 g saturated fat).
Broccoli, Cranberry and Almond Salad
Usually this dish would contain mayo but this one uses low-fat yogurt instead. Even the kids will love this salad’s sweet taste!
Honey-Roasted Squash with Crumbled Feta and Walnuts
This is a wonderful autumn salad that’s a snap to put together. If I roast the squash a day ahead I can assemble the salad in 10 minutes’the time it takes to warm the squash in a 350°F oven.
Lentil and Cashew Nut Roast
Not only are low-fat lentils richer in protein than many other legumes, but their slightly smoky flavour makes a great base for this tasty nut roast, packed with colourful vegetables and served with a quick tomato sauce.
Traditionally, potato latkes are shallow fried and tend to be a tad greasy. With this recipe the latkes are finished in the oven and require far less oil in the cooking process.
Roasted Cherry Butternut Squash
Rehydrated dried cherries turn simple roasted butternut squash into a special side dish.
For a beautiful presentation, cut the roasted carrots in long pieces and arrange on bed of parsley.
Orange-Maple Sweet Potatoes
Try this method of cooking sweet potatoes and you’ll discover how subtly delicious they are. Here, they are glossed with an orange-maple glaze. Beta carotene and fibre are the sweet potato’s secret weapons against heart disease.
Roast Root Vegetables with Herbs
Use this recipe as a basic guide for roasting single vegetables, such as potatoes or parsnips, as well as for a superb dish of mixed root vegetables. Serve these roast root vegetables with herbs in generous quantities with roast poultry or meat.
Here’s a chef-worthy accompaniment you can do yourself. This vivid three-vegetable mash is based on mashed potatoes tinted and flavoured three different ways’with health-giving sweet potatoes, spinach and beets.
Green Chile Mashed Potatoes
Anaheim peppers are mild and give just a hint of heat when combined with mashed potatoes.
Stuffing and dressing
Dried Fruit & Nut Dressing
This dressing has some crispiness, but if you prefer yours soft, put a cover on it while it’s baking. Any type of mushroom’such as button, shiitake or oyster’will work well.
Wild Blueberry Cornbread Stuffing
Adding fruit to stuffing is a traditional part of the holidays. Wild blueberries offer rich colour and taste’perfect beside favorite herbs like sage and thyme. Whether you stuff the turkey or serve the stuffing alongside, it is an accompaniment that cannot be forgotten.