These last few weeks, I’ve teamed up with some of my food blogger friend to help encourage everyone to have a healthier holiday meal filled with real, wholesome foods.
I’ve been sharing their AMAZING holiday recipes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but wanted to share them all with you all in one place today! Enjoy an entire holiday meal from appetizers to side dishes to main courses to desserts, all made from real food with real flavor for any cook!
Appetizers & Drinks
Apricot Zingers are simple to make and are such a crowd pleaser. The apricot has a melty-sweet quality, there’s a small bite from the jalapeño, and it’s all wrapped in salty bacon. It’s truly the ultimate appetizer.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and before you stuff your face in a bottomless bowl of mashed potatoes, we want to share one of our favorite green smoothie recipes to keep things “moving along” this holiday season.
For my contribution, I made a version of my Roasted Beet and Arugula salad from my cookbook, From Your Garden To Your Family, but this time I took it up a notch to make it special for the holidays and made candied pecans.
For a special Thanksgiving holiday side dish, Whipped Coconut Sweet Potatoes is the grown-up version of my original baby puree. I’ve added a touch of maple syrup to boost the sweetness, a hint of cinnamon for the holiday flavor, and a sprinkle of coconut “snow” to make for a beautiful holiday presentation.
I suppose “rustic” is just a fancy way of saying that I make mashed potatoes with the skins on. Why keep the skins, you ask? Not only does it make the name sound fancier, it also makes for a more nutritious mashed potato.
What really gives stuffing the amazing tastes and flavors are the fresh herbs! We used sage, thyme, and parsley. We also replaced the bread with some wild rice! Wild rice is a nutrient powerhouse. Even if your family isn’t gluten free, wild rice is a deliciously healthy substitution for bread.
Rosemary Maple Glazed Turkey from $5 Dinners — that’s me! 🙂
This glaze has a powerful flavor. It’s healthy. It’s simple. (3 ingredients!) And it will transform your bland turkey into a delicious turkey.
After a dip in a simple citrus marinade these Cranberry Maple Orange Pork Chops are baked to succulent perfection atop a bed of sweet potatoes and red onions!
There’s something magical about the honey that makes the cookies fluffy and light, and the pumpkin puree and autumn spices add enough of an undertone that tells your palate “sweet” that no one realizes how little sweetener there actually is!
I think this is such a great update to the traditional dessert we’ve all seen year after year, and with the pecan crust you can easily accommodate any gluten-free guests you might be entertaining.
Nothing says holiday more than the tantalizing aroma of apples and cinnamon drifting from your kitchen.What makes our Apple Crumble recipe so special? Other than the divine taste, it is simple, healthy, and transforms a few simple pantry items into something fit for a holiday celebration
*wipes drool from chin*
Are you drooling now too…because who knew real food could look and taste so fabulous?! Well, I know that…and hopefully you can see that using real, whole ingredients in the important parts of your feast isn’t that tough!
What #realfoodholiday appetizers, side dishes, main dishes and desserts do you have on your holiday meal plan?