This year, we've been faced with some unexpected changes to the Christmas crew filling up my childhood home just outside of Seattle, Washington. While we'll be missing a few beloved faces, I can't even begin to express how excited I get when all four of us Krueger kids are under one roof for a whole day!
To prepare for the excitement, I've been doing my culinary research. I’m currently cozied up listening to my favorite old school Christmas tunes, watching the lights twinkle, and planning my holiday menu. As a part of my holiday tradition, my three younger siblings and I get to have two Christmases — and that means two Christmas menus! Lots to do, my loves.
Here are some of my favorite healthy holiday entrees, with good ones mixed in for both meat eaters and vegetarians alike!
Loaded Baked Sweet Potato: If you've got a smaller party this year, here's a 20-minute, quick & easy alternative to all the sweating that typically goes on in the kitchen this time of year! (Courtesy of Skinny Taste)
Grass Fed Beef Stew and Winter Vegetables: Serve up something hearty and nutrient-filled to your holiday guests with this dish! Buying seasonal produce not only cuts down on unnecessary (and costly, both financially and environmentally) transportation for your produce, but in-season produce provides your body with what it naturally requires as the seasons change! (Courtesy of Andrea Beaman)
The Ultimate Vegetable Lentil Loaf: This (super-easy) meatless loaf was a huge hit at our vegans meet omnivores Thanksgiving celebration. While it's most definitely chock full of veggies and packed with a protein punch, it doesn't seem to matter with how crazy good it tastes. Plus, have I mentioned the easy leftovers? (Courtesy of The Simple Veganista)
Butternut Squash, Fennel & Apple Galette: Delicious and utterly beautiful, this dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser! It layers sweet, sour and crazy flavorful. Mmm-mmm-mmm. (Courtesy of Nutrition Stripped)
What recipes are a part of your healthy meal plan this holiday season?! I would love to know your favorites! If you’ve decided to have a traditional holiday meal, with turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, etc. (or, hey, even if you haven’t), here’s a helpful healthy tip: Fill your plate halfway first with salad or steamed veggies and then portion out the rest of your meal accordingly! It will help you to feel full and enjoy your food while minimizing the meat and starch. And, believe it or not, instead of feeling weighed down and tired post-holiday-feast, you’ll feel more energized and ready to be in the holiday spirit!
With peace, warmth and twinkling lights,