Festive Meals We Love This Season

Perfect Beef Tenderloin

Looking for Healthy Holiday Entrees, Sides & Sweets to celebrate the season? You don’t need to be a trained chef to pull off any of these delish dishes. I’m all about easy–especially this time of the year! Who wants to be spending hours in the kitchen right now? If you are like me, you’d rather be out enjoying the Christmas lights, baking holiday treats or taking a winter hike with the family.

Whether you are searching for Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner ideas, or maybe you need something new & interesting to make for Sunday Supper. These recipes will help steal the show, warm your hearts and nourish your bellies.

Sage and Garlic Rubbed Cornish Hens

Sage and Garlic-Rubbed Cornish Hens
Cooking Light

Perfect for the smaller gatherings we are all having this year and super simple. The prep time only takes 15 minutes, and the cook time only 55 minutes. Guarantees you won’t spend the day slaving in the kitchen.

Paleo Honey Baked Ham

Honey Mustard Baked Ham | Easy Paleo Ham Recipe
Life Made Sweeter

Super easy to make with a spiral cut ham + the decadent glaze only has FOUR ingredients! All it takes is just a few minutes of prep and you end up with a juicy and tender honey baked ham that your family will love. We usually have leftovers for Christmas morning. Cheers to that!!!

Life made Sweeter also has a really yummy whole roasted Turkey recipe if that is more your holiday style. And you have more time.

Perfect Beef Tenderloin

Cooking Light

Last Christmas Eve I made this Fool Proof Prime Rib, {highly recommend} but this year I’m planning to serve tenderloin! I’m really excited about this recipe. There are only FIVE ingredients, so it’s clean!! There are only three simple steps, so it’s easy. I don’t know about you, but there isn’t a whole lot of extra time on Christmas Eve–between church service and last minute baking & wrapping.

We all really love tenderloin, and I was able to pre-order our beef from our grocery store. So the shopping is done!

Slow Roast Salmon with Citrus & Chiles

slow roasted salmon
Zen Belly

If you have been following along, you know one of my favorite dinners EVER is a slow roast salmon. This recipe fits my holiday cravings to a tee!! A little spicy, zesty citrus flavor, light and so satisfying.

“Oh and it’s so easy! Literally no skill required. Put fish in pan, season fish, cook fish, done. No searing, no worrying about sticking to the pan” YES!

Healthy Holiday Sides

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Life Made Sweeter

Skillet Green Bean Casserole

Skillet Green Bean Casserole

Easy Sheet Pan Roasted Veggies

Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables
Cooking Light

Whole Roasted Festive Cauliflower

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts
Cooking Light

Citrus Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette

Last two Christmas Eve’s I made THIS festive Christmas wreath salad, but this year I’m going to switch it up. I think the kids will enjoy the orange segments + pomegranate seeds. Plus it will look so gorgeous on our table.

Our easy, beautiful Christmas Salad can even be served as a wreath! So delicious with pistachios, pomegranate, oranges and goat cheese with a light citrus-champagne vinaigrette!
Two Healthy Kitchens

Holiday Sweet Treats

If you need a full round up of my favorite holiday treats, head to THIS post about my favorite holiday healthy-ish treats. Almost all of them are grain and refined sugar free like THIS OG Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe.

Keep reading if you need a couple– simple additions to your Holiday dinner experience.

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

Love this healthy Hot Chocolate. This kids and I also made this recipe over the weekend and really enjoyed it. It has a unique, slightly nutty flavor.

Healthy Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate | Detoxinista

Almond Butter Espresso Cookies

Stack of almond butter expresso cookies. Mini Christmas trees and a cooling rack in the background.
Eating Bird Food

Paleo Double Chocolate Truffles

Paleo Running Mama

7 Ingredient Vegan Cheesecake

Cutting board filled with delicious Vegan Mini Cheesecakes made with blueberries and caramel
Minimalist Baker

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