The season upon us promises great fun and joy, but, if we can rely on previous experiences, it also guarantees overeating and regrets. Your argument for roasted Christmas delights can be that holidays are no time to feel guilty or that healthy food can never have that wintery cozy feel, but we can fully debunk that myth. In fact, here are five Christmas recipes that will do that for us.
Roast Pork with Couscous and Ginger Yogurt
Ginger is the ideal ingredient since it can eliminate gastrointestinal distress in this very stressful period for one’s stomach.
- 2 pork fillets (without fat)
- 3 tsp ground cumin
- 4 tsp grated ginger
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 100 g sultanas
- 250 g couscous
- Chopped mint
- 200 g fat-free yogurt
- Heat the oven to 190°C.
- Fry the pork over a high heat for 5 minutes.
- Mix 2 tsp of cumin, cinnamon, oil, 2 tsp of ginger and seasonings – rub all over pork.
- Transfer to a roasting tin and roast about 30 minutes.
- Mix couscous with sultanas, zest and remaining cumin. Season and pour 400 ml of boiling water. Stir and cover for 5 minutes. Stir in a small bunch of mint.
- Stir some seasoning and the remaining ginger into the yogurt.
Roasted Root Vegetables
This warm, simple, yet festive dinner is low in fat and high in fiber, which makes it perfect for lowering cholesterol levels in this very tempting season.
- 5 parsnips, peeled and quartered
- 5 carrots, peeled and quartered
- 1 celeriac, peeled and cut into cubes
- ½ swede, peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 garlic bulb, halved
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Clear honey to drizzle
- Heat oven to 200°C
- Toss all the vegetables with garlic and oil in a large roasting tin. Roast for 40 minutes.
- Remove the tin from the oven, drizzle with honey and return to the oven for about 20 minutes more.
Creamy Potato and Chicken Soup
There is nothing like warm soup to warm you up during these chilly days. Soup doesn’t contain dairy, so it is great for leaky gut syndrome and lactose intolerance.
- 8 cups chicken bone broth
- 12 oz. package nitrate-free bacon
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 leek
- 6 cups white sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 6 cups parsnips, peeled and cubed
- 5 cups cooked chicken
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Juice of one large lemon
- Green onion, sliced (optional)
- Heat a Dutch oven (or other thick walled pot) to medium. Add bacon and stir until crispy.
- Add carrots, onions, celery, and leeks. Stir and cook until softened. Add garlic.
- Next, add parsnips, sweet potatoes, bay leaves and bone broth. Bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer until all the root vegetables are tender.
- Puree until smooth.
- Add salt, pepper and lemon juice.
- Add shredded chicken.
- Serve topped with green onion.
Quick Baked Pears
What’s a holiday without dessert? And when this is warm, sweet and healthy, the enjoyment only gets better.
- 3 pears
- 3 tsp brown sugar
- ⅓ tsp cinnamon
- ⅓ cup low-fat granola
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- ⅓ cup apple juice
- ⅓ cup vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt
- Peel pears, cut in half lengthwise and core.
- Put in a glass pie plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar evenly.
- Combine granola and cranberries and mount into hollows of the pear halves.
- Pour the apple juice on and around.
- Cook in microwave on high for about 8 minutes.
- Serve with frozen yogurt.
Healthy Hot Chocolate
If you like to curl up near the fireplace and drink your hot chocolate, here’s a healthy alternative that tastes just as good.
- 1 cup rice milk
- 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp raw sugar
- Cinnamon to taste
- Place milk in a pot over medium heat.
- Mix the other ingredients in a bowl, add 2 or 3 extra spoons of rice milk. Whisk it into the milk on the stove.
- Serve and enjoy.
That’s eat – holiday food with a healthy twist. Enjoy and have a healthy little Christmas.