Christmas dinner should be a special time for everyone. Christmas dinner is the perfect opportunity to indulge in your favourite sweet & savoury dishes. There are many healthy holiday meals that are surprisingly delicious and will keep everyone at your table satisfied as well as making your New Year’s resolutions seem a lot more attainable.
Here are some new and healthy dinner ideas that can help you celebrate Christmas more:
This meat dish can be prepared in a healthier way by baking it instead of frying it. Simply take a boneless whole pork loin roast and put some minced garlic cloves, rubbed sage and dried marjoram on it before baking the roast for approximately 80 minutes. After letting the roast cool for 10 to 15 minutes, you can slice it into pieces to serve. The roast can be served with sweet potatoes, asparagus or other healthy sides to give everyone at your table a complete Christmas dinner.
Garden Veggie Lasagna
When following your favourite lasagna recipe to prepare this meal, you can use carrots, zucchini and sweet red peppers as ingredients rather than beef or other meat to make the dish healthier. No-cook lasagna noodles also work well for creating the perfect Christmas time lasagna. A mushroom-based sauce will give your garden veggie lasagna an even better taste. To make the dish more vegetarian- or vegan-friendly, use some soy or other plant-based cheese instead of dairy cheese.
Roasted Salmon with Crispy Potatoes and Broccoli
Seafood lovers can rejoice by sinking their teeth into this delicious and nutritious meal. A salmon fillet can be roasted in an oven with broccoli, onions and Yukon gold potatoes for 15 minutes. Sea salt, pepper and a vegetable bed made with vegetables of your choice can be added to the salmon after it’s removed from the oven briefly and before roasting it again for an extra 10 minutes or more. An extra seasoning made with mayonnaise, garlic and lemon juice can be mixed in a bowl and added to the dish once it’s fully cooked.
Brussels Sprouts with Pepitas and Figs
You can make this healthy meatless salad and eat it as a meal or a side dish by taking some halved Brussels sprouts and combining them with dried mission figs, pepitas and olive oil. Ancho chile powder, ground coriander and ground cinnamon along with lemon slices can also be added to the salad along with a dash of pepper and Kosher salt.
Any of these meal ideas can make your next Christmas dinner one to remember. Famous Foods has all the food items that you need to prepare your special holiday meal, and you can see what’s available by visiting www.famousfoods.ca.
The holiday season is the time of year for family gatherings and delicious food, and you can give everyone’s taste buds even more reason to celebrate by offering the best treats. Some of the tastiest holiday treats are easy to make and can satisfy just about anyone’s holiday food craving without adding a lot of extra calories or sugar to their diet.
Here are some tasty and healthy holiday treats that you can try making this season:
Banana bread can be a healthy and delicious holiday treat that can make everyone feel a little warmer on a cold day. Whole-wheat flour instead of refined flour can be used to make the banana bread even healthier. If you find a banana bread recipe that calls for a lot of sugar, try using honey or maple syrup to sweeten the bread instead. Unrefined oil can also be a healthier ingredient substitute for butter.
Angel Food Cake
This healthier alternative to the traditional holiday cheese or fruit cake can add more heavenly joy to the holiday season. Angel food cake can either be prepared at home by following a recipe that lists healthy ingredients or bought prepared in a store. The cake can be topped with raspberries and fresh lime juice to give it more flavour.
Mini Date-Nut Snowballs
In just 10 minutes, you can prepare these festive holiday treats. Simply combine some pitted dried dates with some small raw almonds in a food processor and add a bit of ground cinnamon and unsweetened shredded coconut to the mix. The mixture can then be rolled into small balls to create these bite-sized edibles.
If you or any of your guests are in the mood for something that has a citrusy or chocolate flavour, these holiday snacks will be the perfect fit. Simply divide some mandarin oranges into segments and dip a portion of each segment into a mixture of melted semisweet chocolate and coconut oil to make the chocolate cuties. The treats will then be ready to serve after they’ve been refrigerated for 20 minutes to firm. Flaky sea salt can also be sprinkled onto the treats for additional taste.
These treats are sure to make the holiday season more special for everyone. Famous Foods has everything you need to serve the right snacks at your holiday gathering in Vancouver, and you can check out the selections that are available by visiting www.famousfoods.ca.
A plant-based diet can easily contain the important vitamins and minerals that you need, but you’ll have to pay close attention to protein sources. Eliminating animal protein from your diet can be daunting, as we may not know where to get our protein supply that is essential in maintaining healthy muscles and tissue. Don’t worry! Whether you’re a vegan or simply cutting back on meat, the plant kingdom has many tasty and versatile sources of protein for you.
Long a staple in the pantries of vegetarians, lentils are protein powerhouses, like most legumes. Every ounce of boiled lentils provides 2.5 grams of protein. Their nutritional profile includes folate, iron and manganese on top of antioxidants. As a bonus, their fibre nourishes healthy bacteria in your gut.
Created from pressed soybean curd, tofu offers a food package containing all protein amino acids needed by the human body. Possessing a very neutral flavour, tofu accepts any seasoning or sauces that you want to use. Every 100 grams of tofu supplies your body with at least 10 grams of protein along with calcium and iron. Tofu succeeds as a meat replacement in many recipes.
3. Hemp Seed
You can enhance your smoothies and oatmeal with the nutty taste of hemp seeds. They are an outstanding source of complete protein. You get 9 grams from every ounce. Those healthy omega fatty acids that you hear so much about are also found in abundance in the seeds. The nutrition does not end there. Count on them to boost your intake of iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium.
All legumes have an important role to play in the vegan diet. You can never go wrong with peas in your plant-based diet. Every ounce of peas adds 2 grams of protein to your meal. You can eat them by themselves or add them to casseroles, stir fries and soups.
All nuts, including those that are actually legumes like peanuts, support your plant-based diet goals. Peanuts, almonds and cashews contain at least 5 or 6 grams of protein per ounce. Snack on them as whole foods, add them to your recipes or make a sandwich with your favourite nut butter.
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