Light Holiday Menu Ideas
No need to forgo one of the holidays' favorite indulgences–creamy, rich eggnog. This version gives you all the satisfaction of the full-fat version without the guilt, and it can be made up to a week in advance.
Applejack-Spiked Hot Cider
Warm up with America's traditional apple brandy, fragrant with spice and citrus. Take this less than 200 calorie drink on the go, or let its sweet, spiced scent fill your home with holiday cheer.
Chickpeas and Spinach with Smoky Paprika
When planning for your holiday party, make this memorable appetizer. Do not make this until you've located real sherry vinegar (nutty and complex) and Spanish smoked paprika (almost bacon-y).
Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños
The rich and creamy combination of bacon, cream cheese, and cheddar nicely contrasts the muted spice of grilled jalapeño peppers. This appetizer recipe is a healthy, fresh alternative to the popular breaded and fried version.
Green Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette
This simple, light, and fresh green salad is the perfect pair to a heavy holiday entree. The Hazelnut Vinaigrette adds a beautiful and tasty touch of seasonal elegance.
Rosemary Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Shallots
This holiday season, jilt the traditional super-sugary sweet potato casserole for this more streamlined, fresher, and certainly healthier version.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallot Soup
Tis the season to snuggle up with soup. Spicy fresh ginger complements the sweet roasted winter squash and shallots in this easy and calorie-friendly recipe.
Cheese and Chive Challah
Celebrate Hanukkah with this traditional Jewish egg bread, enriched even more with the savory addition of fontina cheese and chives.
Jewel-like brandy-soaked fruit in an enriched dough–this bread is a joyous celebration of the season.
Classic Roast Chicken
You can make this beautiful bird in an hour and a half for less than 300 calories. Make Christmas memorable and adorn your holiday table with this Classic Roast Chicken.
Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Chive Sauce
There's a lot to love about the lemony-bite of this creamy sauce, matched with a lean, tender cut. This dish is perfect for an elegant Christmas Eve entrée.
Apple-Poblano Whole Roast Turkey
Want to try a unique spin on a classic holiday favorite? A hint of Southwest spice and chile heat blend with sweet apples for a crowd-pleasing change from traditional turkey.
If you're interested in serving a meatless main dish for the holidays, the essence of French onion soup in a flaky pastry shell makes this Onion Tart an appetizing choice for an entrée.
Crisp, airy meringue cookies are sweet little kisses that melt away. They're basically fat-free too, so we dipped them in chocolate and coated them with hazelnuts for some seasonal flare.
Maple-Gingerbread Pots de Crème
Enjoy a bowl of this decadent and light dessert during the holidays. The crackly counterpoint to the silky custard occurs when you sprinkle a thin layer of sugar on top and broil to melt. The caramel hardens as it cools to a glasslike sheet.
Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake
We wanted that thick, almost show-stopping texture, plus lots of tang, like a New York Cheesecake. The garnet swirl of fruit makes for a very elegant and festive tablescape.
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