There are a lot of good recipes out there, geared toward keeping you healthier and happier this holiday season. We’re listing just a few here, from sites we love that have lots more!
Scandinavian Pickled Herring Bites
I couldn’t resist this recipe from Eating Well; one of my favorite appetizers is just pickled herring on a cracker with sour cream and dill. It’s a lighter option than many appetizers (18 calories per piece!), and unusual enough that you’ll feel an especially unique host.
Butternut Squash Soup with Chestnuts
Epicurious’s recipe is a triple winner: seasonal squash, festive chestnuts, and a gourmet flair. Try it yourself to see how light it is.
Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter
Although I don’t always love Cooking Light’s preference for low-fat cheese (at that point, why use cheese?), their carrot recipe has me salivating. And before you go on about butter being unhealthy, not only will it make your dish taste better, but the added fat will help you absorb the carrots’ carotene and store it as Vitamin A!
Sausage with Potatoes and Cabbage
An excellent way to integrate a small amount of meat into a main dish, without laying it on so heavy. Not only is this recipe low-key, it’s also completely seasonal.
Ginger Pear Crisp
Any crisp can be made healthier by upping the whole wheat and oats, and cutting the sugar and perhaps a little butter. This recipe has a great mix of flavors, and you can use it as inspiration for crisps made from your preferred fruit.