I love to cook. I don't get to do it as much as I'd like or as elaborately as I'd like. But once the holidays roll around, I get the chance to go a little nuts. I do make some truly decadent, fattening, sugary yumminess. But by and large, I try to serve my loved ones healthy versions of their favorite dishes. I would love to take credit for these lovely recipes but alas, I am not that talented. All these treats are links to other wonderful sites. So here you go - a healthy holiday meal. **Please note there is no 'bird' recipe. Roasted turkey is pretty healthy on it's own. It's just a big ol' roasted piece of protein....
Two options here. One that is a skinnier version of classic mashed potatoes and one that is a truly healthy option - mashed cauliflower.
Sweet potatoes are very healthy. Then we get ahold of them and coat them in candied pecans or marshmallows. Yummy but not the healthiest options. Guess what? This recipe still has the marshmallows and pecans!
So I am REALLY not a fan of this dish. But my family and friends love it so I make it. Hey, more for them, right? Veggies in my world are always fresh. Texture thing...they feel slimy when cooked. But I digress.... Here's a cleaned up version of a holiday classic.
Again, not my favorite food. I guess when I'm honest about it, not many holidays foods are my favorites. Maybe we should have taco holidays? I'd be in on that. So stuffing. My husband loves it. I can't mess with it too much. But there is room for changes. Let me apologize, this requires some off-the-beaten-path ingredients.
Now, a classic stuffing recipe. Cooked OUT of the bird. I just can't do it in the turkey. It freaks me out. Whatever..... Here's some notes - the only thing in this recipe that is 'unhealthy' is the butter. Replace the stick of butter with 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp of olive oil, a much healthier fat.
Ok, time to get serious. Pies. It's not the holidays without pies. Lots of them. I debated whether I even tried to offer healthy versions. But I just couldn't NOT offer something. Know that you can make yummy sweet stuff that isn't quite so heavy and sugary.
My grandmother made the hands down, best pecan pie. It was sheer bliss. I feel like I'm being blasphemous even trying to make changes. But, I found not only one but eight healthier pecan pie recipes. Granny, no worries. Yours is still the best ever.