Since we are now officially in the month of Christmas, in my mind it’s time to start drawing together a plan for what I want to cook over the festive season. Although I’m still a bit of a newbie at it, I have found Pinterest to be an incredibly handy tool in keeping track of what healthy Christmas recipes I’d like to make.
If you’re in to Pinterest yourself, you can check out my Festive Season pin board by clicking here. However to lump some inspiration right in to your lap, this month I thought it would be fun to put up a few posts curating some of my favourite healthy Christmas recipes for you. This first post will focus on some of my most-loved ideas for your main event, whether that’s Christmas lunch, dinner or just a big meal that you’re hosting some time around then!
Smoked Mackerel and Sorrel Pate created and photographed by Ceri of Natural Kitchen Adventures: Click here to go to the recipe
I’ve been super keen to try out this mackerel pate by Ceri for ages now as I adore mackerel so much. Having a Christmas dinner is just the kick of motivation I need to put this in to action (rather than just eating all the smoked mackerel that I buy right from the packet…). If I can’t find sorrel I’m going to have a play around with some fresh herbs. I think this will make the perfect appetizer to serve alongside cheese, dip and crackers, with the leftovers on toast for brekky.
Jamie Oliver’s Mixed Mushroom Stuffed Roast Chicken: Click here to go to the recipe
This year it’s only going to be a small gathering for me as most of the family is back home in Australia. So instead of a big bird I’m thinking of either doing a simple, small pork roast or perhaps this delicious and rather fancy roast chicken which I tracked down on jamieoliver.com (but I’ll make gluten-free breadcrumbs, of course).
Roasted Fennel and Satsuma Orange Salad by Brooklyn Supper: Click here to go to the recipe
Obviously since I adore salads I will be riddled with indecision as to exactly which ones I want to make until right before Christmas day. But this stunning and unusual salad, created and photographed so beautifully by Elizabeth of Brooklyn Supper, has a very high chance of being recreated. I love the idea of roasting the satsumas. I’m also thinking I might also add in a handful of roasted, lightly salted pecans.
Roasted Pumpkin with Chilli Yoghurt and Coriander Sauce by Drizzle and Dip: click here to go to the recipe
You just must have some roasted squash on the Christmas table; it tastes marvellous (especially paired with a spicy yoghurt sauce and crunchy seeds), it’s super good for you and – when you plate it up like this (as photographed by Sam of Drizzle and Dip) – it looks absolutely brilliant, without being too much trouble to prep. I love Sam’s use of sriracha as the chilli element in this dish. Yum!
Warm Spiced Red Cabbage Salad – by me! Click here to go to the recipe
I love this dish; it’s so simple and delicious and the leftovers last in the fridge for ages so you can just warm up a little bit of it later on to go with other meals. To get a really soft braised cabbage, add in a little water as you’re cooking it on the stove to keep softening the cabbage down, and continue cooking on a low heat for as long as needed.
Kale with Apples, Currants, and Warm Pancetta Vinaigrette by Ashley Rodriguez on The Kitchn: Click here to go to the recipe
A delicious abundance of dark leafy greens is essential for any dinner spread. I think this version with the added pancetta makes it a little more indulgent than your typical kale salad – perfect for Christmas! This recipe comes courtesy of the book Date Night In by Ashley Rodriguez and the stunning image was shot by Kimberley Hasselbrink.
Roasted Potatoes with Green Sauce by Cle-ann (and photo by Mark Weinberg) on Food52: Click here to go to the recipe
Because what’s Christmas without some darn great potatoes, right?! And that green sauce…it sounds flipping amazing. I’m making a double batch. I think these would be wonderful hot or cold (and you know what that means – awesome leftovers).
So that’s Part #1 of of my Christmas Recipe Round Up done. I’ll be posting again soon with some different ideas! What are you planning on making for Christmas? Monique xx