We searched the internet for really delicious healthy holiday recipes so that you don’t have to. Delight your friends and family this holiday with these hearty-but-healthy meals that taste 100% festive, without any of the post-big-meal bloat (or guilt).
French Onion Shepherd’s Pie with Lentils & Creamy Cauliflower Potato Mash
Recipe: The First Mess. Serves: 8 – 10. Total time: 1 hour 45 mins.
This is about 2 hours of cooking when all is said and done, but that’s what holidays are all about, right? A little extra effort with your healthy holiday recipes is worth it for all of your favorite people 🙂
“French onion shepherd’s pie is a total knockout. Super comforting, hearty enough to serve as a plant-based main, make ahead-friendly, and just so flavorful from all of the caramelized onions. We top it with a creamy and satisfying cauliflower potato mash for a little extra vegetable goodness.” – Laura Wright, plant-based chef and recipe developer at The First Mess.
Veggie Chili with Sweet Potato
Recipe: Drizzle and Dip. Serves: 4 – 6. Total cooking time: 2.5 hours (slow cooker) 15 mins (pressure cooker).
This vegetarian chili is so delicious you won’t even notice there is no meat.
Made with a mix of beans, tomatoes, vegetables, and spices, this healthy holiday recipe is super healthy and affordable I’m slotting this into a regular meal rotation. I made a big batch and then froze portions off for later comfort eating.” – Sam Linsell, professional food stylist, recipe developer and food photographer at Drizzle and Dip.
Zucchini Linguini with Spinach & Basil Pesto
Recipe: Healthy Chef Serves: 4 Total time: 30 minutes
“This recipe is from my book Purely Delicious and what I love about this dish is that you can enjoy zucchini linguini raw or lightly heated through. The pesto slightly softens the zucchini as the aromatics penetrate right through and you end up with a glorious plate of deliciousness that is irresistible. I love to serve mine simply with a grating of Parmesan and roasted pine nuts. Greens such as fresh parsley and basil are full of super food goodness that is anti-inflammatory to the body. Garlic and black pepper are anti-inflammatory and can stimulate digestion.”
Peanut Slaw with Soba Noodles
It’s a colorful slaw with tender soba noodles, tossed in sesame-ginger peanut sauce. Need I say more?
Recipe: Cookie and Kate. Serves: 4 – 8. Total time: 25 minutes.
“This recipe can satisfy your main-meal cravings (it packs great for lunch), or it can make a statement side dish. It’s easily made vegan and/or gluten free, making it an all-star potluck option.
Easy Chili Lime Fish Tacos
For a nice quick little sauce, reserve 1-2 tablespoons of the chili lime sauce and mix with mayo or sour cream. Drizzle this sauce over the top of your tacos.
Recipe: Pinch of Yum Serves: 2–3. Total cooking time: 30 mins
“Chili Lime Fish Tacos – these are so easy, it will blow your mind. 5 basic ingredients for the fish, and a quick peach salsa to add some color and flavor.” Lindsay (creator behind @pinchofyum).
Happy cooking and happy holiday!