Healthy Christmas Recipes

We've collected some of our favorite healthy Christmas appetizers, entrees, side dishes and desserts that use far less butter and oil, like avocado-hummus dip, crunchy artichoke crostini, ginger salmon, lemon-rosemary grilled shrimp, and walnut-crusted chicken breasts.

Staff Picks

Carrot Puree

Rating: 3.81 stars
All it takes is a sprinkling of salt and pepper to enhance the earthy flavors of the carrots in this simple side dish.

Herbed Roasted Turkey

Rating: 3.87 stars
This traditional holiday bird brings much more to the table than just great taste. Our version, which is packed with protein, is rubbed with a blend of parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, and garlic.

Fennel and Orange Salad

Rating: 2.88 stars
The classic flavor combination of fennel and orange makes a wonderful winter salad.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3.1 stars
A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with Walnuts

The red grapes' sweetness brings out the nutty notes in the sprouts. Walnuts can be swapped for almonds or pecans.

Rutabaga Gratin

Amy Pennington, creator of GoGo Green Garden, made-over her favorite Thanksgiving recipe with vegan ingredients. The nut cream makes the rutabagas velvety, yet still filling and lush.

Figs and Prosciutto

Rating: 3.53 stars
Sweet and delicious, figs make the perfect pairing for a thin slice of Prosciutto di Parma -- which, by the way, is nitrate-free and low in saturated fat. Get more healthy holiday recipes

Cream of Celery Soup

Rating: 2.98 stars
This cream of celery soup is garnished with toasted baguette and celery leaf.

Warm Fennel-and-Parmesan Dip

Rating: 3.62 stars
A warm, golden dip always tempts guests to dig in. This one uses Parmesan cheese to season caramelized fennel and garlic.

Sweet Potato Cannelloni

Rating: 3.06 stars
A twist on traditional cannelloni, this vegetarian and gluten-free dish is made with blanched sweet potato slices. They're filled with a cottage cheese, sweet potato, and apple filling, then topping with shaved Parmesan and toasted walnuts. The remarkably rich taste and vibrant appearance make it a worthy and healthy addition to any dinner.

Easy Mushroom Gravy

Anna Lappe, cofounder of the Small Planet Institute, developed this vegan gravy recipe to be served with her Dried Fruit and Toasted Nut Stuffing, a Thanksgiving dish from her childhood.

Glazed Carrots for Roast Turkey Dinner

Rating: 3.14 stars
Glazing carrots with orange juice enhances their natural sweetness.

Inspiration and Ideas

Green Bean and Shallot Ravioli Salad
In this take on the green-bean casserole, cheese ravioli replaces the heavy mushroom soup, while sauteed shallots and crunchy toasted almonds stand in for the fried onions.
Shingled Roasted Potatoes
Rating: Unrated
Shingling these potatoes is as easy as thinly slicing each (just not all the way through) before roasting them. The result is a beautiful display. Put them in the oven 30 minutes before the beef goes in so that everything is ready at the same time.

Pomegranate Roasted Chicken

This whole roast chicken is flavored with a pomegranate-juice glaze and decorated with thyme and pomegranate seeds.