Healthy Holiday Recipes
The holidays are here which means it’s time to start planning! We’ve got a great list of our favorite Healthy Holiday Recipes starting with brunch and ending with dessert. These healthy but super delicious recipes will be loved by all!
Healthy Holiday Recipes
The holiday season is here, which means it is finally my favorite season for entertaining! If you are looking for healthy, flavorful, and simple meals to make this season, we have got you covered! From my favorite brunch recipes to serve a crowd and ending with all of those holiday treats. Scroll through to see our favorite LCK Holiday Recipes that everyone is going to love!
Healthy Holiday Brunch Recipes
If you are hosting family from out of town for the holiday, sometimes it isn’t just the big meal you have to think about. However, not everyone has the (space) or time to create a massive brunch. We’ve compiled a list of some easy breakfast recipes to feed a crowd!
Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake: This Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole is the the absolute best holiday brunch. It literally taste just like a cinnamon roll, without all the work of making cinnamon rolls. Plus, it’s great to prepare the night before and either bake up for guests at home, or to bring along to a pot luck brunch. Trust me, you are going to love this one.
Gingerbread Muffins: Nothing says December and a comforting holiday breakfast like a warm gingerbread muffin. These gluten free muffins are easy to make and so delicious.
Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast Bake This Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast is made up of Eggs, Bacon, & Home Fries and comes together in a pinch and made using only ONE PAN. It’s a great one pan breakfast bake that is perfect for a brunch to feed a crowd with little to no mess!
Orange Cranberry Overnight Oats This Orange Cranberry Overnight Oats recipe is the best make-ahead breakfast, and you can make a big batch of it, if you need. It’s creamy (without any dairy) and bursting with seasonal orange, cranberry and pecan flavor. It’s vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
Breakfast Prep Baked Egg Cups These healthy baked egg cups make the perfect breakfast meal prep. Make the night before, and heat up as needed throughout the morning.
Chocolate Peppermint Baked Oatmeal This oatmeal bake is a perfect make-ahead breakfast to feed a brunch crowd, and it’s easy to make. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and made without any refined sugars.
Everything Bagel Hummus Breakfast Toast Try this non-recipe recipe for an easy breakfast idea! It’s an easy way to to get a quick breakfast on the table that is full of protein and fiber and tastes SO GOOD.
Healthy Holiday Appetizers
Appetizers for everyone to love!
How to Build The Ultimate Charchuterie: A charcuterie board is a quick, delicious and beautiful appetizer idea to feed a crowd. Fill a big board (or platter) with all of your favorite meats, cheeses, and crudités, and follow my tips to make it gorgeous, for the most festive spread this holiday season!
Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket: These Pigs in a Blanket are as perfect for a large holiday gathering as they are for game day eats. They are made using an easy gluten-free and nut-free dough that doesn’t need any chilling time. These are a sure crowd pleaser for both kids and grown-ups alike!
Crudité Platter This Crudité Platter with Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce makes for such a light and refreshing snack, appetizer, or side-dish! The perfect bright and colorful dish to make with any seasonal veggies you have on hand! Dairy-free, egg-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and Whole30 compliant! This will be the most gorgeous appetizer on the table, for sure!
Deviled Eggs with Bacon: These are your answer for an easy-to-make appetizer to please a crowd! They are so delicious and can even be made ahead of time! The addition of bacon and chives bump these deviled eggs up to the next level!
Potato Latkes: These Gluten Free Classic Potato Latkes are just like grandma makes them, only made without any refined white flour! They have the classic delicious flavors you want, and I guarantee that nobody will know they are gluten-free!
Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip: This 5-Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip is the perfect lightened-up appetizer to serve for game-day or for any gathering! It is simple to prepare, made with minimal ingredients, has all of the buffalo chicken flavors you love, and it’s made with a healthy, creamy alternative: hummus
Spinach and Artichoke Dip: Bound to be a hit at your next party, this Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip has all that creamy flavor without any dairy. This paleo, vegan and Whole30 friendly appetizer is simple to put together and nobody will know this isn’t the classic version.
Thai Meatballs: These Thai Meatballs are paleo, gluten-free, and bursting with flavor. They are a healthy meatball recipe that everybody will love. This thai meatball recipe is loaded with veggies and infused with the perfect flavor combination of ginger, chili, garlic, and more. A total crowd pleaser that gets rave reviews!
Healthy Holiday Mains
Pick that main dish before you choose what you are going to serve with it!
How to Roast a Turkey: If you’ve never roasted a turkey before, this for a Citrus Herb Turkey explains it all!
Maple Glazed Ham: Looking for a turkey alternative, or an extra protein to pair with the turkey for a large crowd? This sweet and salty Maple Glazed Hame would be perfect.
Kale and Sweet Potato Stuffed Turkey Breast: This is perfect for a dinner party or small Thanksgiving feast. A boneless turkey breast is stuffed with quick caramelized onions, kale, sweet potato and herbs, then baked in the oven in just about an hour. Double the recipe to feed a crowd! It’s also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.
Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce : This Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce recipe makes for a decadent meal done in under 20 minutes! It’s elegant, super flavorful, and comes together quickly and works equally as well for a romantic dinner for two, or a weeknight easy meal.
Pork Chops with Apples: This skillet Pork Chops with Apples recipe is the quintessential fall meal. The pork chops are perfectly cooked and paired with sweet and savory fall flavors like sage, apple cider and apples.
Bone-in Pork Chops with Cherries: Perfectly cooked pork chops topped with Tart Cherry Compote is the perfect festive holiday meal that will make you feel fancy in no time!
Turkey Roast with Pear Chutney: This turkey breast roast is perfect for smaller holiday gatherings and was a staple at my family holiday dinners!
Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Spaghetti Squash: Looking for a great vegetarian main that doesn’t involve tofu? This is it! All the classic flavors of spinach and artichoke dip made healthy and stuffed into a low-carb and nutrient-rich spaghetti squash! You can optionally add-in chicken to make it heartier, or leave it as a vegetarian main dish. Make it dairy-free using cashew cream, or not.
Healthy Holiday Side Dishes
Side dishes are for some the BEST part about a holiday dinner, and we’ve got quite the list for you!
Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole: This classic casserole makes the absolute perfect side dish at your Thanksgiving dinner or at your December holiday party. Do you want to know the best part? It’s lighter than your typical sweet potato casserole and free of refined sugar! Plus it’s easy to make-ahead of time and the perfect side to bring along
Classic Mashed Potatoes These Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes taste just like the classic version. They are everything you want in that comforting and warm side dish, but lightened up to include chicken broth and olive oil. They’re soft and creamy and a cinch to make. Plus they’re Whole30, paleo, and vegan friendly.
Garlic and Herb Mushrooms: This mushroom recipe is the last one you’ll ever need to look up for a side dish idea. These Ultimate Herb and Garlic Mushrooms are packed with umami flavor, are quick to make and topped with fresh herbs. Serve these at your next Thanksgiving or dinner party and everyone will rave about them!
Honey Glazed Carrots These are the perfect fuss-free side dish. They’re cooked in one pan and result in the most tender, slightly sweet glazed carrots. They are so good they are borderline addictive and both kids and adults will love them! They’re paleo friendly and easily made dairy-free.
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon These addictive brussels sir outs with bacon and maple syrup is sure to make this side dish a fan favorite for everybody! This paleo-friendly recipe is sweet and savory and definitely going to be in your winter meal plan rotation!
Herb and Garlic Quinoa: This easy and delicious Herb and Garlic Quinoa is the perfect side dish to accompany just about anything. What’s even better is the recipe uses pantry staples so you can throw it together whenever you are looking for an easy side dish to pair with dinner.
Healthy Creamed Spinach (Made Without Cream!) This Creamed Spinach is a lightened up version of your favorite holiday classic and is made without cream for the perfect healthy and veggie-packed side for Thanksgiving! Creamy, flavorful and so simple to make!
Green Bean Casserole This lightened up, healthier version of a Green Bean Casserole is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s dairy-free, made without any soup mix, and EASY to make.
Scalloped Potatoes Creamy with just the right amount of cheese, lightened up, and baked to perfection, this au gratin scalloped potato recipe will be a favorite.
Healthy Holiday Desserts:
Even sweet treats can be lightened up, and nobody will know the difference!
Cut Out Cookies: These Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies are the best for decorating holiday cookies! They are so simple to put together, can be rolled out immediately and decorated (or not) to celebrate any holiday! These versatile cookies are made with only 5 ingredients (plus a pinch of salt!) and are a great activity to do with the kids. We’ve included tips and tricks for decorating using an easy powdered sugar icing so you can get your holiday bake on now!
Peppermint Bark: Using only 5 ingredients, this Peppermint Bark is simple to prepare and perfect for giving away to friends and family as holiday gifts. It’s as easy as melting and spreading chocolate, but truly looks fancy. Top it with candy canes for that super festive look (and taste)!
Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies: These Double Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies are the perfect gluten-free and paleo-friendly cookie that everyone will love! Soft, chewy, and bursting with chocolate and macadamia nuts! A household favorite!
Cookie Truffles: These Cookie Truffles are the CUTEST gluten-free treat that you can make for any occasion. They’re made using a handful of ingredients, including our favorite gluten-free chocolate cookie, are no bake and are so easy they’d be a great activity to do with the kids! Perfect to serve up for any fun event!
Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples: These easy-to-make “baked” apples have just the right amount of sweet, they swarm your home with the most delicious fall scent, and they are super EASY to throw together.
Creme Brûlée: This dairy-free and refined-sugar free version is just as decadent as the classic version but lightened up with a secret healthy ingredient! It’s perfectly sweetened with a blend of honey and maple sugar and despite it feeling fancy it is really easy to make.
Apple Galette This is similar to an apple pie with a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apple, but easier to put together! It’s the perfect dessert to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to celebrate the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.
Classic Apple Pie This classic pie has a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the best gluten-free crust.
Pecan Pie: This Pecan Pie made in a tart pan is absolutely stunning, yet simple to put together. And the best part? It’s made without any refined sugar or corn syrup!
Nut-Free Pumpkin Pie This Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie is smooth and creamy (without any cream) with just the right note of spice. It’s made using our nut-free and gluten-free crust that is so simple to put together!
Grain-free Cranberry Apple Crisp This healthy apple crisp is made without oats, with a pop of color and tartness thanks to added cranberries and is sweetened just right!
Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups: These Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups are the perfect treat to have in the fridge! They are chocolate-y, peppermint-y, and coconut-y! They are keto-friendly, too! Perfect keto cups!
Espresso Candied Pecans: These Espresso Candied Pecans are the perfect DIY gift giving treat! They are easy to make, and you can make large batches to package up for friends and family this holiday season!
Healthy Holiday Drinks:
We’ve got your covered with both virgin and alcoholic festive drinks for the holiday season!
Apple Cider Sangria: This Apple Cider Sangria is everyone’s favorite Fall cocktail! It’s flavorful, packed with cinnamon, ginger, apple cider, and white wine for the perfect dinner party sangria! Serve it with a caramel rim (or opt out for simplicity), make a large pitcher, and enjoy this easy fall cocktail!
Pumpkin Coffee: This recipe for easy Pumpkin Spice Coffee can be made using your favorite regular coffee or made into a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s refined sugar-free and customizable so you can make it dairy-free if you need to!
Golden Milk Latte: This Golden Turmeric Latte with Espresso is about to become your new favorite morning pick-me-up! It’s dairy-free, packed with nutrients, and is such a fabulous alternative to your standard cup of coffee or afternoon drink!
Slow Cooker Mulled Cider: Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with a Caramel Pecan Rim will be the hit of your parties or dinner parties all Fall and Winter long! The combination of the caramel and nutty pecans with the warming cider is perfection, and made with no added sugar.. Have it without any alcohol, or spike it as desired with your favorite liquor!
Sparkling Citrus Punch: This Sparkling Citrus Punch is the ultimate holiday and New Year’s Eve lightened up cocktail! It is so delicious, it serves a crowd, and it is made with fresh, good quality ingredients you can feel good about serving!
Pumpkin Smash Cocktail: This Pumpkin Smash Cocktail, made with Stoli Gluten Free, has all the flavors of Fall in one delicious cocktail! The easy vanilla bean pumpkin syrup makes a batch large enough to whip up a number of cocktails, perfect for a dinner party
Looking for more holiday recipes, check out:
- Holiday Gift Guide
- Our Favorite Gluten Free Apple Recipes
- Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
- Edible Holiday Gifts
Healthy Holiday Recipes
These Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles are going to be the star of the breakfast or brunch table! You wouldn’t know these waffles were made without flour and they’re a cinch to put together using only one bowl. They are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside and full of pumpkin flavor!
Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles
These gluten-free and paleo Pumpkin Waffles are the real deal! This recipe has been on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen since 2015 and they have been made hundreds of times by so many! They are fluffy and delicious, and perfect for any morning, but especially a fall morning. These gluten-free waffles use my trusty blend of almond and tapioca flour as the base. We use this blend for a lot of our recipes because it is simple, versatile and creates paleo friendly recipes that are just like the originals.
Guess what else I love about this recipe? It’s freezer-friendly. Make a double or triple batch now and have waffles for a quick morning breakfast. Plus with the upcoming holidays you are going to want to keep this recipe at the ready! This is such a great breakfast or brunch idea to serve a crowd! Our recipe serves 4, but it can easily be doubled or tripled and the waffles can be kept warm in a low oven to keep hot before serving!
Paleo Pumpkin Ingredients
- Pumpkin Pureé
- Almond Flour
- Tapioca flour
- Baking Powder
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
- High Heat Cooking Spray (I like Avocado Oil)
How to Make Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles
What I love most about this recipe is that it’s made all in one bowl! Start by whisking together all of the wet ingredients and then add in the dry ingredients and whisk until fully combined. Because there is no gluten here, there is no worry about the waffles being tough from overmixing. Once you’ve mixed the batter, heat up your waffle iron and cook according to the appliance instructions. Just make sure to spray well with a high-heat cooking spray!
You can serve the waffles immediately, or let it cool completely and freeze. Waffles will keep frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat place in a toaster oven until heated through.
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If you like this breakfast recipe, check out these others:
- Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast Bake (Eggs, Bacon, & Home Fries!)
- Savory Breakfast Sausage Oatmeal
- Gluten Free Apple Muffins
- The Ultimate Guide on How to Make Oatmeal
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Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles
This Gluten-Free Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar makes for a great weekend brunch with family or friends! Loaded with veggies, bacon, caramelized onions, my favorite paleo bread (or sweet potato buns), and perfectly poached Pasture-Raised EGGS. It is such a fun spin on a brunch classic!
I am so excited to partner with my friends at Vital Farms to bring you today’s recipe! For me, Vital Farms is the golden standard of eggs from the supermarket. They are my go-to eggs that I purchase, and you will instantly see why when you see the color and taste the difference for yourself! They are SO GOOD.
Vital Farms is the largest (and first) Certified Humane Pasture-Raised egg company in the United States, based in Austin, TX. I now cannot wait to head back to Austin and go for a visit. ATX is my happy place!
Their hens live the way birds are meant to live, under open skies and grazing on organically maintained green pastures, all day, every day, while getting adequate exercise. This results in delicious, nutritionally rich eggs with thick, bright, and flavorful yolks – truly a superior quality product than most I’ve tried on the market.
You might see eggs in your local stores saying they are free range, organic, soy-free, or free of hormones and/or antibiotics, but these labels don’t necessarily mean they are what you think they are. The first thing I always look for is if they are pasture raised.
Why? WELL, Vital Farms gives all of their hens a whole lot of pesticide-free, herbicide-free pasture to roam and forage.With all this space, their hens have space to stretch, flap their wings, and forage fresh grasses, plants, bugs/critters, and seeds in the pasture. They have GOOD LIVES.
Let’s talk about this eggs benny bar, because really, what is more fun than this?
It’s loaded with veggie options.
Customizable with paleo bread or sweet potato buns.
And you can whip up the homemade Hollandaise Sauce in no time.
Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar
- 1 batch Sandwich Rolls
- 1 batch Sweet Potato Buns
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- 1 yellow or red onion, sliced thin
- 3 Vital Farms eggs, poached
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 3 cups spinach
- 1 avocado, sliced into half moons
- 1 tablespoon chives, thinly sliced
- 6 strips bacon, cooked
- Make Sandwich bread as directed in the post.
- Make sweet potato buns as directed in the post.
- Make the Caramelized Onions: In a skillet over low heat add 1 tablespoon oil or butter and onions and cook until soft, brown, and nicely caramelized, stirring often. If starting to burn, add a tablespoon of water. Cook for about 8-10 minutes or until onions are caramelized.
- Poach the eggs: Bring 2 cups of water to a simmer in a medium-sized pot. Add in 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Crack egg into a small ramekin. Using a spoon, stir the water in a circular motion until you reach a whirlpool effect. Slide the egg into the center of the whirlpool. Gently cook the egg for 3-6 minutes depending on how runny you like it. Use a slotted spoon to remove the egg from the water and plate it on a plate. Repeat with additional eggs. These directions can also be found on page 66 of the Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook!
- Roasted Tomatoes: Set the oven to broil, and broil the tomatoes whole until they start to blister. Remove from oven and set aside.
- In a small skillet, sauté spinach just until it starts to wilt. Take off heat and set aside.
- Slice avocado and chives and set aside.
- Make the hollandaise sauce: In a double boiler, melt butter. While butter is melting, place egg yolks, lemon juice, and spices in a blender and cover. On low speed, slowly pour the melted butter into the blender in a steady stream until the butter and egg yolk are well blended. If the sauce is thick slowly add in water, until you have reached a slightly thick and runny consistency. Taste and adjust spices as needed. Serve warm in serving dish of choice!
- Build the Eggs Benedict of your choosing and devour!
Find Vital Farm eggs nationally at Whole Foods Market, WalMart, Target, and Sprouts stores, as well as other fine retailers. Readers can find their nearest Vital Farms retailer through our Location Finder: http://www.vitalfarms.com/find
This post was sponsored by Vital Farms. All opinions are 100% always my own.
Eggs Benedict Breakfast Bar
Lemons and poppy seeds together is a winning combination. This moist and flavorful Lemon Poppyseed Loaf topped with heavenly Vanilla Lemon Glaze will be the hit of your brunches, lunches, and treats all summer long.
Weekend brunch should always have some kind of brunch treat, and this loaf takes the cake. I’m so excited to bring you this recipe in partnership with my friends at Pacific Foods!
This loaf is…
Bursting with lemon goodness
Topped (generously) with a heavenly lemon glaze
And best of all, easy to make!
Do you love lemons and poppy seeds together?
Lemon Poppyseed Loaf with Vanilla Lemon Glaze
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoons poppyseed
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together dry ingredients.
- Add in wet ingredients aside from poppyseeds and lemon zest and mix to combine.
- Add in poppyseeds and lemon zest.
- Pour into loaf pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center, and center is firm.
- While baking, make the glaze: sift powdered sugar to remove clumps.
- whisk in almond milk, a tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency (thick but pourable). Stir in lemon zest.
- Once the loaf is done, let cool completely before pour on the glaze.
- Slice and serve.
- Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for a month or so.
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf with Vanilla Lemon Glaze
What is better than easy french toast sticks for a weekend brunch or breakfast treat? Everything is more fun when you’re dipping it into syrup, am I right? No seriously, dipping is just way more fun. These french toast sticks are the real deal. They use my sandwich bread recipe, which is a reader favorite, and the perfect french toast batter- like the kind my mom used to make, but guilt-free!
French Toast Sticks (Paleo)
These are… just the right amount of sweet, perfect bread texture, and reminiscent of your favorite childhood breakfast. Dip and devour! Don’t forget to freeze some for later, so you have an easy on-the-go breakfast the following week!
Don’t forget, if you’re hosting a brunch for Mother’s Day, here’s my handy guide!
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French Toast Sticks (Paleo)
Mother’s Day is a few short weeks away. What better way to celebrate those special ladies in your life then by hosting a brunch in their honor! This week for Healthy Food Friday with American Express, let’s go through the brunch basics, my favorites, and my tips!
Time to start planning!
Hosting the Perfect Brunch:
(Quantities and variations of food will depend on the size of your brunch, of course!)
2 bottles prosecco/champagne
1 bottle orange juice
2 cans peach nector