3 Healthy Christmas Recipes Packed With Flavor
The holidays are just around the corner and soon you’ll be sitting at the dinner table indulging in some delicious meals. We searched the web for some of the most appealing and flavorful Christmas Recipes for 2019 and want to share them with you. These holiday recipes aren’t just tasty, they’re healthy! So, without further delay, let’s get right to the recipes.
Lemony Herb Roast Chicken
Nothing beats a classic roast chicken recipe for dinner until you give it a little twist. Try this quick and easy recipe taken from Good Housekeeping.
- 2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed with press
- 1 tsp. freshly chopped thyme
- 4 tbsp. softened butter
- 1 whole chicken (4 – 5 lbs.)
- 1 medium onion
- 1 bunch of trimmed raddishes
Time needed: 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Make butter mixture.
In bowl, mash zest, garlic, thyme, 2 tablespoons butter and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper until combined. With fingers, gently separate skin from breast and thighs of chicken. Next, place butter mixture under skin; spread evenly. Tie drumsticks together and tuck wings behind breast.
- Prepare chicken for oven.
Place chicken on rack fitted into medium roasting pan. Arrange onion and radishes around chicken. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter; brush all over chicken, then sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Afterwards, pour 1/4 cup water into bottom of roasting pan
- Roast chicken 50 minutes.
Reset oven temperature to 425°F; roast, checking to make sure water has not completely evaporated (add another 1/4 cup if necessary), 15 to 20 minutes or until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165°F.
- Let chicken rest for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, use Roasted Onion & Radishes and any pan juices to prepare Panzanella.
Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
Get the creamy taste of mashed potatoes without all the carbs! This recipe was taken from EatingWell.
- 8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets (about 1 head)
- 4 cloves of peeled and crushed garlic
- 1/3 cup nonfat buttermilk
- 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Time needed: 30 minutes.
- Prepare cauliflower.
Place cauliflower florets and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place florets and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl with ¼ cup water, cover and microwave on High for 3 to 5 minutes.)
- Mix with ingredients.
Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Add buttermilk, 2 teaspoons oil, butter, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garnish with chives, if desired. Serve hot.
Lemon-Dill Chicken Meatball Soup
Rethink your holiday eating and make something nutritious! One single cup of this delicious meal has nearly 75% of your daily dietary fiber and 25% protein. This recipe was also taken from Good Housekeeping.
- 2 sliced carrots
- 2 sliced celery stalks
- 1 small chopped onion
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 5 cups of lower-sodium chicken broth
- 3 cups of water
- 1 3/4 cups of bulgur
- 12 oz. ground chicken breast
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill
- 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
Time needed: 30 minutes.
1.Cook the veggies.
In 6- to 7-quart saucepot on medium, cook carrots, celery and onion in olive oil 10 minutes, stirring. Then, Add chicken broth and water; heat to boiling on high. Stir in bulgur. Reduce heat; simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until bulgur is almost tender.
2.Make the meatballs.
Meanwhile, combine ground chicken breast, dill, lemon zest, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Form chicken mixture into 1-inch balls; add to simmering soup along with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 6 minutes or until cooked through.
Altogether, these recipes can help you make a generous feast that is enjoyable. Add in your own personal touch with your choice of beverages you’re set! Share your thoughts on these recipes or share some recipes of your own in the comments below.