Healthy Holiday Meals

Offer a healthy menu at holiday gatherings such cocktail or caroling parties, breakfast or brunch, tree-trimming suppers, or the main Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.   These healthy meals are packed with flavor, style, and good-for-you nutrients.

  • Southern Open House Menu
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Leigh Ann Ross

    Southern Open House Menu

    A restored 19th-century Alabama farmhouse is the setting for an eagerly anticipated annual open house featuring a bounty of wholesome and healthy Southern-style holiday dishes.
  • Brined Pork Loin with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Our Best Holiday Menu

    Created by the Cooking Light staff, this lavish menu makes Christmas dinner feel fresh while still honoring the traditions that make the holidays so important. They guarantee these recipes will have your guests oohing and aahing before they take the first bite.
  • Belgian Beef and Beer Stew
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins

    Caroling Party Menu

    You don't need a great voice to enjoy this make-ahead menu. Gather your friends for a casual winter dinner party and they'll be singing your praises.
  • Blackened Shrimp with Pomegranate-Orange Salsa
    Karry Hosford

    A Holiday Cocktail Party

    Blood oranges and pomegranate seeds give this merry menu color and pizzazz. Seasoned shrimp topped with fruit salsa and mini veggie pizzas are festive and filling but leave just enough room in your tummy for a crunchy cookie dessert.
  • Hot White Chocolate with Ginger
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Tree-Trimming Party

    As a casual meal for company or a simple dinner for the family, this comforting one-pot chicken dish is sure to warm up a chilly night. Kick off the tree trimming party with white hot chocolate and round out the evening with coffee-flavored cupcakes.
  • Roast Beef with Horseradish-Mustard Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Holiday Feast

    With enough food to feed 12 guests, this feast is ideal for those hosting a large group. Begin the meal with creamy mushroom soup followed by roast beef, mashed potatoes, and sauteed zucchini. Before sending guests off, impress them one last time with an elegant souffle drizzled with vanilla sauce.
  • Asparagus, Ham, and Fontina Bread Puddings
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Gift-Opening Breakfast

    Savory bread pudding studded with ham, fontina cheese and asparagus is the perfect start to Christmas morning. The dish takes a little over an hour to prepare so plan to unwrap gifts while it bakes.
  • Beef Fillets With Green Peppercorn Sauce

    Lightened Holiday Favorites

    Chicken cakes and beef fillets are two hearty entrée options offered on this menu. If you choose to feature both, use smaller fillets and make the cakes half the size. The carrot-sweet potato side dish highlights the ingredients of the season and adds a burst of color to the menu.
  • Cinnamon Stewed Apples
    Karry Hosford

    Christmas Dinner

    Give the gift of good health when serving this traditional holiday menu. Fennel, Brussels sprouts, apples, and sweet potatoes are nutrient-rich, seasonal veggies that taste great and are good for you. Dig in!
  • Beer-Braised Brisket with Honey-Lime Glaze
    Photo: José Picayo; Styling: Jocelyne Beaudoin

    A Healthy Hanukkah Menu

    Share and give thanks with the flavors of seasonal bounty with this menu that serves 16 and features brisket, roasted winter vegetables, and a rustic apple tart.
  • Roasted Squash Stuffed with Corn Bread Dressing
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Katie Stoddard

    A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

    This meatless Thanksgiving menu will fulfill your longings for the earthly flavors that are the hallmark of a great autumn meal.
  • Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

    Traditional dishes go light in this menu featuring turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and a pecan tart.
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