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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!