The holiday season is often synonymous with indulgence, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. This year, treat yourself and your loved ones to guilt-free holiday recipes that not only taste amazing but also contribute to your well-being. Embrace the joy of cooking and sharing delicious, nutritious meals that bring warmth to your festive gatherings.

Spiced Sweet Potato Bites:

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    • Ingredients:
      • Sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
      • Olive oil
      • Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of cayenne pepper
      • Sea salt
    • Instructions:
      1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
      2. Toss sweet potato cubes with olive oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, and sea salt.
      3. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Quinoa and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash:

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        • Ingredients:
          • Acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
          • Cooked quinoa
          • Dried cranberries
          • Chopped pecans
          • Fresh parsley, chopped
          • Olive oil
          • Salt and pepper to taste
        • Instructions:
          1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
          2. Rub squash halves with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
          3. In a bowl, mix quinoa, cranberries, pecans, and parsley.
          4. Stuff each squash half with the quinoa mixture and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast:

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    • Ingredients:
      • Turkey breast, boneless and skinless
      • Fresh rosemary, thyme, and sage
      • Garlic, minced
      • Olive oil
      • Salt and pepper
    • Instructions:
      1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C).
      2. Mix minced garlic, chopped herbs, olive oil, salt, and pepper to create a marinade.
      3. Rub the turkey breast with the marinade and place it in a roasting pan.
      4. Roast until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C), approximately 20 minutes per pound.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse:

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    • Ingredients:
      • Ripe avocados
      • Dark chocolate, melted
      • Unsweetened cocoa powder
      • Maple syrup or honey
      • Vanilla extract
    • Instructions:
      1. Blend avocados until smooth.
      2. Add melted dark chocolate, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Blend until well combined.
      3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze:

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    • Ingredients:
      • Brussels sprouts, halved
      • Olive oil
      • Balsamic vinegar
      • Honey or maple syrup
      • Salt and pepper
    • Instructions:
      1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
      2. Toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes until crispy.
      3. In a small saucepan, heat balsamic vinegar and honey/maple syrup until it thickens.
      4. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the roasted Brussels sprouts before serving.

Cauliflower Mash with Garlic and Herbs:

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    • Ingredients:
      • Cauliflower, cut into florets
      • Garlic cloves, minced
      • Greek yogurt
      • Fresh thyme and chives, chopped
      • Salt and pepper
    • Instructions:
      1. Steam or boil cauliflower until tender. Drain excess water.
      2. Blend cauliflower with minced garlic, Greek yogurt, thyme, chives, salt, and pepper until smooth.

Pomegranate and Walnut Salad:

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    • Ingredients:
      • Mixed salad greens
      • Pomegranate arils
      • Walnuts, toasted
      • Feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
      • Balsamic vinaigrette
    • Instructions:
      1. Toss mixed greens, pomegranate arils, and toasted walnuts in a bowl.
      2. Sprinkle with feta cheese if desired.
      3. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette before serving.

Baked Apple Slices with Cinnamon:

Photo: Jessica Gavin
    • Ingredients:
      • Apples, thinly sliced
      • Cinnamon
      • Coconut oil
      • Chopped nuts (almonds or walnuts)
    • Instructions:
      1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
      2. Toss apple slices with cinnamon and a touch of melted coconut oil.
      3. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until tender.
      4. Sprinkle with chopped nuts before serving.

This holiday season, savor the joy of delicious and guilt-free recipes that nourish your body and soul. Whether you’re hosting a festive gathering or enjoying a quiet meal at home, these recipes will add a touch of health to your celebrations. Embrace the spirit of the season with these wholesome dishes that prove you can indulge without compromising on flavor or well-being. Happy and healthy holidays!



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