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11 Healthy Christmas Recipes for 2023 that are a great swap

11 Healthy Christmas Recipes for 2023 that are a great swap

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From roasted summer squash soup to maple mustard glazed carrots, these recipes are sure to satisfy your holiday cravings without derailing your healthy eating goals. Whether you're vegan, gluten-free, or just looking for something new, these recipes have something for everyone. So, say goodbye to unhealthy Christmas food and try these healthy recipes instead. Your body will thank you!

Celebrate the Season with These Delicious and Healthy Christmas Recipes

The holiday season is a time for celebration, family, and delicious food. However, traditional Christmas recipes can often be heavy, indulgent, and loaded with calories. If you’re looking for healthy Christmas recipes to traditional Christmas dishes, look no further. At Tasteville, we are big on helping you eat well at all times, including Christmas time. So, we have created a list of healthy and delicious healthy alternatives to traditional Christmas recipes that are perfect for the holiday season.

#1: Roasted Vegetable Medley (V, GF)

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Roasted Vegetable Medley is a delicious healthy alternative to Traditional Christmas Roast

Let’s start with roast ham/turkey/chicken. A healthy Christmas recipe that is a great swap for a Christmas roast is a roasted vegetable medley. Instead of roasting a whole turkey or ham, which can be high in fat and calories, try roasting a variety of vegetables such as broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, capsicums, and red onions. You name it. You can roast it. Almost any veggie can be roasted. 

Simply toss the vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper (or paprika/chilli flakes), and roast in the oven until tender and golden brown. You can do a regular roast at 220°C (200°C fan forced) for 30 mins or a slow roast at 120° – 130°C for 1 hour. Keep in mind, the higher the temperature, the more crispy your veggies are going to get. The lower the temperature, the more juicy the texture will be on the inside. 

This dish is not only healthy and flavourful, but it’s also gluten-free and perfect for those following a plant-based diet.

#2: Quinoa Stuffing (GF)

Can’t get away from the traditional roast? Tweak the stuffing instead. A healthy Christmas recipe that is an alternative to traditional stuffing is quinoa stuffing. Quinoa is a protein-packed, gluten-free grain that is a great substitute for bread in stuffing. To make quinoa stuffing, cook the quinoa according to the package instructions, and then mix it with sautéed vegetables such as onions, celery, and mushrooms. Add in some chopped herbs, such as parsley and thyme, and then bake in the oven until crispy and golden brown. This quinoa stuffing is a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional stuffing that is sure to impress your guests.

#3: Homemade Orange and Ginger Cinnamon Sauce with no added sugar (or honey) (V)

Store bought Cranberry sauce is a staple at many holiday meals, but it can often be loaded with sugar and calories. Also, store bought cranberry sauce often contains Gluten! A healthier alternative is a homemade orange and ginger cinnamon sauce, made with fresh oranges, ginger, and a touch of maple syrup for sweetness, and it’s gluten-free and free of added sugars. 

All you need is 4 ingredients – 3 oranges, 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. First, zest one of the oranges and set the zest aside. Then, peel and segment all three oranges and place the segments in a saucepan. Add the grated ginger, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon to the saucepan, and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the reserved orange zest, and then transfer the sauce to a serving bowl.

This orange and ginger sauce is a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional cranberry sauce. It’s bursting with flavour, and the ginger adds a nice kick. It’s perfect for serving with your holiday meal

#4: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (GF, No Added Sugar)

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is a great healthy Christmas dessert option

For a healthy alternative to a traditional dessert, try a pumpkin pie smoothie healthy Christmas recipe. This delicious smoothie is made with roasted pumpkin puree (peel, dice, coat the pumpkin with olive oil, roast for 40 – 45 mins in a 200°C oven (180°C fan forced, cool and puree). Add Greek yogurt, almond milk, and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Simply blend all the ingredients together until smooth, and then pour into glasses and serve. This pumpkin pie smoothie is a delicious and healthy alternative to a slice of pie, and it’s perfect for those looking to indulge in a healthier way.

#5: Grilled Salmon with Lemon Dijon Sauce (GF)

Grilled Salmon with Lemon Dijon Sauce
Swap Christmas Ham and Turkey with Grilled Salmon and Lemon Dijon Sauce

A healthy alternative to the traditional Christmas ham or turkey is grilled salmon. Salmon is a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and grilling it gives it a delicious, smoky flavour. To make grilled salmon with lemon dijon sauce, simply marinate the salmon in a mixture of lemon juice, dijon mustard, olive oil, and herbs such as rosemary and thyme. Grill the salmon until it’s cooked through and then serve with a simple lemon dijon sauce made by whisking together lemon juice, dijon mustard, and olive oil. This grilled salmon dish is healthy, flavorful, and perfect for the holiday season.

#6: Roasted Cauliflower Mash (V, GF)

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Cauliflower Mash is a great alternative to traditional Christmas potato mash

A healthy alternative to traditional mashed potatoes is roasted cauliflower mash. Cauliflower is a low-calorie, low-carb vegetable that is just as creamy and delicious as mashed potatoes when roasted and mashed.

Simply cut the cauliflower into small florets and place them on a baking sheet. Remember to, preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Drizzle the cauliflower with olive oil and season with minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Roast the cauliflower in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until it is tender and slightly caramelised.

Next, transfer the roasted cauliflower to a food processor or high-speed blender, along with a splash of water. Process the cauliflower until it is smooth and creamy, adding more water if needed to achieve the desired consistency. Season the cauliflower mash with additional salt and black pepper to taste, and serve hot.

This roasted cauliflower mash is a delicious and healthy vegan and gluten-free alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. It’s creamy and flavourful, and the roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the cauliflower. This dish is perfect for a quick and healthy meal, and it’s sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.

#7: Summer Salad with Grilled Peaches and Cashew Cheese (V, GF)

Summer Salad with Grilled Peaches and Cashew Cheese
Grilled Peaches add a nice sweetness to this summer salad

To make this delicious and healthy summer salad, you will need mixed salad greens, a peach, olive oil, toasted almonds, cashew cheese, and honey mustard dressing. First, make the cashew cheese by placing 1 cup of raw cashews in a food processor or high-speed blender, along with 1/4 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Process the mixture until it is smooth and creamy.

Next, preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Brush the peach halves with the olive oil and grill them for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are tender and slightly caramelised. To assemble the salad, place the mixed greens in a large bowl and add the grilled peaches and toasted almonds or pecans. Drizzle the honey mustard dressing over the top and toss to combine. Finally, crumble the cashew cheese over the salad and serve.

This summer salad with grilled peaches and cashew cheese is among a few delicious and healthy Christmas recipes that you can swap to traditional Christmas salads. It’s light and refreshing, and the grilled peaches add a nice sweetness. The cashew cheese adds a creamy texture, and it’s a tasty vegan alternative to feta cheese. 

#8: Summer Squash Soup with Basil and Garlic (V, GF)

A hearty and healthy alternative to traditional Christmas soup is summer squash soup with. To make this delicious and healthy summer squash soup, you will need olive oil, onion, garlic, summer squash, vegetable broth, fresh basil leaves, salt, and black pepper. First, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Add the chopped summer squash, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Next, add the vegetable broth to the saucepan, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Stir in the fresh basil leaves, and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Finally, transfer the soup to a food processor or blender, and process until it is smooth and creamy. Serve the soup hot, garnished with additional basil leaves if desired.

This summer squash soup with basil and garlic is a delicious and healthy alternative to butternut pumpkin soup. It’s light and refreshing, and the basil and garlic add a nice flavour.

#9: Maple Mustard Glazed Carrots (V, GF)

Glazed Carrots
Maple Mustard Glazed Carrots

To make this delicious and healthy maple mustard glazed carrots, you will need carrots, olive oil, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. First, preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Peel and slice the carrots into 1/4-inch rounds. Place the carrots on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.

In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and Dijon mustard. Pour the maple mustard mixture over the carrots and toss to coat. Season the carrots with salt and black pepper, and roast them in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they are tender and caramelised. Serve the carrots hot, garnished with chopped parsley if desired.

This maple mustard glazed carrots recipe is a delicious and healthy vegan alternative to honey mustard glazed carrots. The carrots are tender and slightly sweet, and the maple mustard glaze adds a nice tang. This dish is perfect for a quick and healthy meal for Christmas.

#10: Grilled ‘Lemon and Garlic’ Prawns (GF)

Lemon and Garlic Prawns
Lemon and Garlic Prawns are a scrumptious healthier option

For this flavour bomb of a hit delicious and healthy grilled lemon and garlic prawns, you will need prawns, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. First, combine the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Place the prawns in a large bowl and pour the lemon and garlic mixture over the top. Toss the prawns until they are evenly coated in the marinade.

Next, preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Place the prawns on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are pink and cooked through. Serve the prawns hot, garnished with additional lemon wedges and chopped parsley if desired.

This grilled lemon and garlic prawns recipe is simple and easy to make, and it’s bursting with flavour. The prawns are juicy and tender, and the lemon and garlic marinade adds a nice zing.

#11: Chocolate Avocado Pudding (V, GF)

Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Choose this vegan friendly Chocolate Avocado Pudding for your Christmas dessert

Another healthy Christmas recipe that is an alternative to traditional Christmas desserts is chocolate avocado pudding. This delicious pudding is made with ripe avocados, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, and it’s naturally sweet and creamy. To make chocolate avocado pudding, simply blend all the ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth. This chocolate avocado pudding is not only healthy, but it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free, and delicious. It’s the perfect dessert for those looking to indulge in a healthier way.

The holiday season is a time for celebration, and that doesn’t have to mean indulging in unhealthy foods. With these healthy alternatives to traditional Christmas dishes, you can enjoy delicious and nutritious meals without compromising your health goals. And, if you’re looking for an easy and convenient option, try Tasteville’s line of gluten-free, portion-controlled ready meals. Happy holidays!

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