From appetizers to desserts, I’ve got you covered. So grab a cup of tea, download and print the free grocery list, and pick out the recipes you’ll add to your dinner menu this year.
The holiday season is always such a hectic and busy time of the year. What with shopping for gifts, decorating the house, putting up the tree, parties to attend, and getting the house in order for your own gatherings, it’s no wonder it all goes by in such a blur.
This year, I encourage you to approach your holiday dinner with a focus more on the quality time you’ll spend with your family as opposed to the long list of preparations.
To help you out, I’ve put together a list of my top 7 easy and healthy favorite Christmas recipes you can serve this year.
7 Easy and Healthy Christmas Recipes
Grilled Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce
Why not start the festivities with this easy to make Grilled Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce recipe from SkinnyMs. Made with a soy sauce and ginger marinade and served with a delish peanut dipping sauce, you can’t help but reach for seconds after having one. But don’t worry, it’s packed with protein and only 327 calories for two skewers.
Spicy Chicken Wings
If you prefer spicy foods, you’ll want to make my recipe for Spicy Chicken Wings. These baked wings are super easy to make.
You can prep them ahead of time then pop them in the oven before everyone arrives. And, oh boy, when they come out of the oven, these baked wings are so crispy and just the right amount of gooey all at the same time.
Whole Roasted Chicken With Herbs
Your guests will be oohing and ahhing when they see this absolutely gorgeous dish on the table. Nicole Gaffney of Coley Cooks’ Whole Roasted Chicken With Herbs stays moist with her cooking method (which you can learn about in the video she provides!) and is seasoned with an fabulous herb butter to add loads of flavor.
Get the recipe: Whole Roasted Chicken With Herbs
Chicken Orzo Salad
I initially chose to include this Chicken Orzo Salad by Averie of Averie Cooks because the photo of her dish looked so amazing. I wish I had her photography skills.
But it’s not just pretty to look at, it’s also made of all whole food ingredients, takes less than 30 minutes to put together, and leftovers keep well in the fridge for up to five days. That’s if you end up with any leftovers at all.
Get the recipe: Chicken Orzo Salad
Because I have a huge sweet tooth, I had to share two desserts on my list of easy and healthy favorite Christmas recipes.
Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie is a must for the holidays, especially this Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Pie. You can enjoy it and feel guilt-free knowing it fits in with the whole food lifestyle.
Plus it’s gluten-free, paleo and Whole30, so your guests who follow any of these diets can have a treat, too.
Raspberry Chocolate Balls
I am a sucker for chocolate. Chocaholic anyone? So I had to include my recipe for Raspberry Chocolate Balls made with whole food ingredients. They’re a yummy treat that’s a breeze to make.
Get the recipe: Raspberry Chocolate Balls
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Warm Gingerbread Breakfast Smoothie
Now, this Warm Gingerbread Breakfast Smoothie by Amanda of Running With Spoons would be perfect to have first thing in the morning, but it certainly can be eaten anytime.
Wouldn’t it be worth it to kick butt in a workout knowing you can have this treat as your post-workout drink? If you go that route, consider adding a scoop of protein powder and an ounce of water to keep the texture smooth.
Get the recipe: Warm Gingerbread Breakfast Smoothie
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Setting the Scene
If you’re like me, you like to fancy up your foods with pretty dishes and platters. Here are my top picks for setting a festive scene for your holiday dinner.
They’ll add the perfect finishing touches for these easy and healthy favorite Christmas recipes.
What are your favorites?
I hope you enjoy my list of top 7 easy and healthy favorite Christmas recipes. Do you have a favorite holiday recipe? Or a cherished holiday tradition? Share in the comments below. I’d love to know.