Christmas also comes with rich in carbs and fat festive dinners, so we have to be careful with what we choose to eat as not to become immediately sick after a party. Christmas isn’t only about fat rich food and lavish, festive dinners, but also about peace and understanding, so it would be perfect if we try to satisfy all our guests. We can also cook healthy Christmas recipes and here you have 3 suggestions for you to try this season. Bon appetite!
#1 Healthy Christmas Recipes – Winter Salad
This healthy Christmas recipe represents a delicious and easy to prepare accompaniment for any type of meat. We suggest you try it with leftover roast beef or pork.
Ingredients for winter salad:
- ¼ red cabbage, finely sliced
- ¼ green cabbage, finely sliced
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
- handful walnuts, out of their shells, roughly chopped
- 4 tbsp walnut oil
- 1 tbsp sherry or red wine vinegar
- ½ tsp mustard
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
How to prepare the winter salad:
- Place the sliced cabbage, carrots and walnuts into a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the walnut oil, sherry or red wine vinegar and mustard. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then drizzle over the salad and toss well to coat.
- To serve, pile onto a serving plate.
#2 Healthy Christmas Recipes – Gluten-free Christmas Cake
This healthy Christmas recipe ensures everyone will have a slice. It is free from wheat, gluten, and soya; can be dairy, egg and nut free. Plus no added sugar, so it is also diet friendly.
Ingredients for Christmas cake:
- 100g margarine (or whatever kind of butter you like)
- 1 large ripe banana
- 2 large lemons, finely grated rind and juice only
- 100g soft prunes, stoned and halved
- 75g raisins
- 75g sultanas
- 75g currants
- 150g soft dried apricots, chopped in fairly large pieces
- 50g mixed peel
- 75g walnuts, halved
- 25g hazelnuts, chopped
- 25g sunflower seeds
- 2 eggs
- 75g coarse polenta
- 75g rice flour
- 150g gluten-free flour
- 2 heaped tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 heaped tsp ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 tbsp brandy (optional)
How to prepare the Christmas cake:
- Preheat the oven to 160C.
- In a food processor beat the butter/margarine with the banana and the lemon juice and rind. Pour into a bowl.
- Mix in the dried fruit and nuts or seeds.
- Beat the eggs if you are using them.
- Sieve which ever flours you are using with the baking powder (if you are substituting it for the eggs) and the spices.
- Fold the eggs (if you are using them) into the fruit mixture alternately with the flours. Add some brandy if you like.
- Line a 20cm cake tin with greased greaseproof paper. Spoon the mixture in and level off the top.
- Bake for about two hours or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Remove from the tin and cool on a rack.
- Eat as it is or store to be iced for Christmas. You can also decorate this cake with whole nuts such as almonds.
#3 Healthy Christmas Recipes – Plum Crumble
If you choose to cook this healthy Christmas recipe, you can dramatically reduce the amount of fat in a fruit crumble without compromising its texture and flavor.
Ingredients for plum crumble:
For the topping
- 200g jumbo rolled oats
- 2 tbsp runny honey
- pinch salt
- 2 tsp oil
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
For the filling
- 1kg ripe plums, halved and stoned (if desired although not essential)
- 50g golden caster sugar
- 2 star anise
- 1 medium orange, zest and juice
Preparation method for the plum crumble:
- Preheat the oven to 200C.
- Combine all the ingredients for the topping in a large bowl then spread in an even layer over a non-stick baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown, shaking and stirring the mixture occasionally to ensure even cooking. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, combine the filling ingredients in a large casserole or heavy based pan with a lid.
- Cook over a high heat for 3-4 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
- Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about seven minutes, or until the plums are softened but still retain their shape. Remove the star anise and discard.
- Divide the cooked plums between warmed serving bowls, spoon the granola topping over and serve.
What healthy Christmas recipe would you try at home? We are planning to cook the gluten-free Christmas cake. Yummy!
Thank you very much for the impressive recipes to BBC UK.
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