Whether you are throwing an elegant dinner party or simply feeding the family, these healthy Christmas recipes will make your dinner a total hit.
We have a few ideas on healthy snacks that will definitely make your party a success.
Just slice the Italian bread and top it with a mixture of tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil. It’s super easy to make, delicious and healthy.
Mini Cheese Balls
You’ll need 8 ounces goat cheese, 2 teaspoons honey, 8 ounces plain almond milk cream cheese, 1/2 cup roasted salted almonds, 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind and 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme. Beat the first four ingredients with a mixer at a medium speed and put the mixture in a freezer. Blend the nuts and thyme in a food processor. Divide the frozen mixture into 36 equal portions and roll each cheese ball in the nut mixture. Keep in the refrigerator.
Bacon Phyllo Cups
You’ll need 3 tablespoons apricot jam, 3 slices cooked and crumbled centre-cut bacon, 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 8 frozen mini phyllo shells, 8 teaspoons Brie, 1 slice cooked and crumbled bacon, thawed and fresh thyme. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the apricot jam and the vinegar. Cook 1 minute. Add the 3 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon. When it starts to boil lower the heat and simmer for about 3 minutes. Place 1 teaspoon of Brie into each mini phyllo shell. Top evenly with the jam mixture. Bake for 10 minutes at 350° or until the cheese is bubbly. Sprinkle evenly with fresh thyme and one slice cooked and crumbled bacon.
This Herb-Roasted Turkey is gluten-free, low in added sugar and calories. It’s healthy and delicious. And believe us, everyone at your party will love it.
One turkey (10 pounds), 1/4 cup fresh herbs, 20 whole sprigs, such as rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, divided 2 tablespoons canola oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, aromatics, onion, lemon and/or orange, apple, (1 1/2 cups) and 3 cups water, add more if needed.
Preheat the oven to 475°F. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Dry it with paper towels. In a small bowl, mix the minced herbs, oil, salt and pepper. Rub the herb mixture all over the turkey. Place half of the sprigs, herbs, and the aromatics in the cavity. Tie the legs together with a kitchen string. Add 3 cups of water and the remaining herbs and sprigs. Roast the turkey for 45 minutes. Then cover the breast with 2 layers of foil. Reduce the oven to 350 degrees and continue roasting for 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours more. If the pan dries out add 1 more cup of water. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes. Before you carve it, make sure to show this beauty off at the table.
Your guests will be full if they eat all of this. However, there is still some room left for dessert. If you are tired of making cakes or pies and want to spice things up, you can always make several desserts and let the guests pick their favourite. You can never go wrong with Christmas cookies. That is why, we have two recipes that everyone will definitely like. Also, you can ask your kids to help you out with the dessert. They will be happy to help and you can all make wonderful and healthy treats for the children at your dinner party.
Cranberry-Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup regular oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
2 1/2 tablespoons mini chips
5 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
Put the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the sugar and butter in another large bowl and beat with a mixer until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add the honey, egg, egg white and vanilla and continue to beat. Combine both mixtures and beat at low speed. Refrigerate it for no less than 8 hours. Preheat the oven to 350°.
Coat the baking sheet with a cooking spray and drop the mixture. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
White Peppermint Snowballs
1 package of cookie dough, 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons crushed peppermint candies and 3/4 cup powdered sugar, divided
Preheat the oven to 350°. Cut the sugar cookie dough into 8 pieces. Combine the dough pieces, 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a bow and 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies. Put the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Coat your hands in flour, and roll the chilled dough into balls. Place the balls on the baking sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes. While the cookies are still warm, sprinkle with the crushed peppermint candies and the powdered sugar.
Include your kids in the preparation of these dinner party treats. They are easy to make and your kids will have a blast doing them and eating them.
350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling out, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 125g/4½oz butter, 175g/6oz light soft brown sugar, 1 free-range egg, 4 tbsp golden syrup
In a bowl, mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, butter, cinnamon and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together. Then add it to the bowl with the other stirred ingredients and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Smooth out the dough, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Cut out the dough with all kinds of cutters in every shape possible. Place them on the baking tray with greaseproof paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes. You can decorate with writing icing and cake decorations.
So, there you have it. Now, it’s up to you to choose what you’ll make for your dinner party. Make it simple and don’t overdo it. After all, this party is not all about cooking and eating, it is about spending time with friends and family. Whatever you decide, your party will be a hit with these healthy dinner party recipes.