Not sure what you're going to serve for the holidays this year?
Holiday feasts are something we all look forward to and enjoy.
The company, the savory, seasonal foods, the atmosphere -- it's all a part of the equation.
If you need some inspiration on what to serve this year, I've got just the ideas for you. Most of all, these ideas can help you add more superfoods and hidden veggies into your holiday meals to shake things up.
Nutritious can be delicious when you think outside the box and use the seasonal bounty of foods to create something that tastes so good that everyone will be shocked to learn it's good for them.
Here are some suggestions to round out your meal with healthier options without sacrificing flavor.
Hors D'oeuvres and Appetizers
Add healthy toppings to crisp crostini with kale and white beans
Stuff tomatoes with feta, fresh herbs, and quinoa
Turn brussels sprouts into sliders for an easy grab n' go appetizer
Make a healthy dip by offering hummus with spiced sweet potatoes
Give pumpkin soup a makeover with roasted garlic and sage
Put out a bowl of spicy roasted pumpkin seeds for everyone to munch on (one of my favorites!)
Make a kale salad base with fresh apple and roasted cauliflower
Go for beets in a salad with avocado and ginger dressing for an exotic twist
Try fresh cranberry sauce with ginger, pomegranate, and a little lime
Roast cauliflower and black lentils with cumin
Replace that heavy stuffing with an herbed wild rice and quinoa blend
Bake sweet potatoes with ginger and cardamom
Serve a roasted butternut squash seasoned with turmeric and smoked paprika
Make tarts with acai berries
Use pumpkin and carob for a sweet baked treat
Bake pears or apples and add a crushed walnut crust for crispness
Enjoy healthy dark chocolate bark with cranberries and pumpkin seeds
Create a pretty, pink cranberry ginger spritzer with club soda
Add lemon and ginger to your homemade apple cider
Infuse club soda-based cocktails with rosemary and bunches of other fresh herbs
If you put some thought into it, there are so many ways to twist the traditional standby dishes we serve for the holidays into something healthier.
We were on the right track with sweet potatoes and pumpkins, and loading them up with fresh herbs and seasonal spices adds more flavor while keeping things healthy.
Love yourself and your family even more by dishing up more superfoods and veggies into your holiday meals and feasts.
What's your favorite holiday dish? Mine is probably a good healthy made broccoli floret brown rice casserole
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