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Healthy Holiday Recipes That Will Make You Lick Your Lips!

Healthy Holiday Recipes

‘Tis the season for a holiday cooking extravaganza!

I found a collection of healthy recipes for you to serve this holiday season!

There’s something here for everyone. Some recipes are meaty, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, raw, organic… but all are healthy, mouth-watering and most of all – delicious!

Whether you’re gathering in the morning, afternoon or evening – you’ll be able to put a meal idea together that you’ll be proud of!

And remember to keep the recipe handy for the people that request it!

Holiday Drinks

Here’s a great list of holiday drinks that are sure to please! Hot, cold, alcoholic or virgin…all are tasty and refreshing – so, take your pick!

Blood Orange Pomegranate Mimosas - Delicious!

Blood-Orange Pomegranate Mimosas

 What You Need

3 cups chilled blood orange juice
3 cups chilled pomegranate juice
1 750-ml bottle chilled sparkling wine
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Champagne Punch

What You Need

1 cup triple sec or Grand Marnier
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup Chambord, or other raspberry flavored liquor
2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
1 quart chilled ginger ale
2 chilled (750 ml) bottles dry Champagne
2 cups raspberries

Organic Apple Cider

What You Need

16-18 whole cloves
8 small organic apples, such as gala
2 oranges, thinly sliced
2 quarts organic apple juice (fresh organic apple juice, if you can find it, is the best)
1/4 cup raw sugar or Xylitol
1 teaspoon allspice
whole nutmeg
cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Coconut Cinnamon Latte

What You Need

3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup strong brewed coffee or espresso
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons coconut cream concentrate
1 teaspoon organic sugar, or Xylitol

Homemade Chai Tea

What You Need

1 cinnamon stick
6 whole green cardamom pods
6 whole cloves
1 (1-inch) piece ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
4 whole black peppercorns
3 cups water
2 single-serve black tea bags or 1 tablespoon loose black tea
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 cup organic/raw milk

Chilled Holiday Nog (Raw) 

What You Need

2 cups Almond Cream, unsweetened
1/2 cup date paste (dates blended with a little water)
2 Tbsp grade B maple syrup
2 frozen bananas
2 tsp flax seed oil (optional)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp nutmeg plus additional for sprinkling
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Celebrate With Breakfast Or Brunch

Switch it up this holiday and get together in your PJ’s! Here are some perfect holiday recipes for your morning celebration!

Blueberry Crisp

What You Need

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup sucanat
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted or softened

Toasty Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Buns

What You Need

1 packet yeast + 1 cup warm water
2 1/4 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup agave syrup
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp raw coconut flour
1 tsp instant coffee
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil, melted

Mexican Egg Bake

What You Need

6 large, organic, eggs
2 1/2 cups shredded cheese
1 cup green salsa (verde)
1 cup organic sour cream
1/2 cup diced chives
salt & pepper to taste

Mini Mushroom & Sausage Quiche

What You Need

8 ounces turkey breakfast sausage, removed from casing and crumbled into small pieces
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup sliced scallions
1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
5 eggs, 3 egg whites & 1 cup 1% milk

Carrot Cake Muffins

What You Need

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup sucanat or brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 TBSPs ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Succulent Sides

A good variety of side dishes that you can mix & match to create the perfect menu! 

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

What You Need

1 pound of fresh green beans – steamed or boiled until softened
2 cups of Swiss brown or button mushroom – chopped finely
4 cloves garlic
Dab of butter
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp water
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp corn flour (starch) -dissolved in 1/2 tbsp of water
Pinch of thyme
Pinch of dried parsley
Dash of nutmeg
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 large white onions – sliced into rings
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1 cup of cooking oil
salt & black pepper to taste

Grilled Cauliflower With Lemon & Parmesan

What You Need

1 head cauliflower
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
½ cup grated parmesan cheese

Coconut Oil Roasted Sweet Potatoes

What You Need

1 1/2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1 3/4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 teaspoons light brown sugar, packed
3/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Cheesy Mashed Potato Cauliflower Bake

What You Need

6 medium organic potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (about 1 ½ pounds)
1 lb cauliflower (½ to ¾ of a large head), washed and cut into chunks
2-3 garlic cloves, quartered
1/3 c. plain greek yogurt
1/3 c. grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Milk as needed
½ c. (or more if desired) shredded cheddar cheese

Vegan Creamed Corn

What You Need

12 ounces frozen corn (or 1 1/2 cups raw fresh corn kernels)
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1/2 onion, finely diced
salt & pepper
1 tablespoon Xylitol (optional)
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal (fine)
1/2 cup rice milk
1/2 cup light coconut milk


Vegan Stuffing

What You Need

6-7 cups of diced bread cubes
3 Tbsp vegan buttery spread
1 1/4 cups onion, chopped (white or yellow)
1 1/4 cups celery, sliced thin
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
2 tsp poultry seasoning (spice blend)
1 1/2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 large jalapeno, diced
*remove seeds and white vein for milder spiciness
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp organic apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dry roasted pistachios
1 1/4 cups vegetable broth


Vegan, Gluten-Free Cranberry Sauce

What You Need

1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1 peach, peeled and pitted
1 pint box fresh cranberries
1-2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and minced
juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup, optional

Kale Parmesan Chips

What You Need

1 bunch Lacinato or Dino Kale
2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil
1/2 cup raw parmesan
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Chipotle Bacon Deviled Eggs

What You Need

12 eggs, hard-cooked
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt, to taste (optional)
6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped
smoked paprika for garnish

Salads That Hit The Spot

Whip up one of these fresh tasty salads in addition to your meal or as a side dish!

Healthy Holiday Salad

What You Need

1/4 cup (55g) mayonnaise
1/4 cup (70g) buttermilk
Zest of half a lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar or Xylitol
1/2 pound broccoli (about 3 broccoli crowns), just the tops, cut into small florets
1/2 pound cauliflower (about 3 large sections or 1/3 a head), just the tops, cut into small florets
1/4 cup (40g) red onion, diced very small
1/3 cup (50g) dried cranberries, chopped a bit for easier distribution (save a few aside for garnish)
1/3 cup (45g) toasted sunflower seeds
Cranberries & sunflower seeds for garnish

Cucumber & Pomegranate Salad

What You Need

2 cucumbers, peeled, halved & seeds removed
seeds of 1 pomegranate
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions, green parts only
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
juice of 1 lime
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Emerald City Salad

What You Need

1 cup uncooked organic wild rice
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 bunch organic kale
1/2 bunch organic chard
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 bunch green onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped parsley


Kale & Bean Salad

What You Need

4 curly kale leaves, torn apart
1 mango, diced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup mix of raw or toasted seeds (sunflower, sesame, etc.)
4 asparagus spears, cut longwise
1/2 cup cooked red kidney beans


Fall Holiday Fruit Salad

What You Need

1 large honeycrisp apple, organic
1 large Granny Smith apple, organic
2 medium oranges, organic + 1/4 tsp orange zest (zest is optional)
2 large lemons, juiced
3/4 tsp cinnamon (add more if you’d like)
2 Tbsp grade B maple syrup (or to taste)
1/2 – 3/4 cup raw walnuts, organic
3 Tbsp raisins (black or gold or mixed)
2-3 tsp cold pressed flax oil, organic / unfiltered

Scrumptious Holiday Soups

What a perfect way to warm up this holiday season with any one of these savory soups!

Butternut Squash Soup With Apple

What You Need

1 (2 to 3 pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
apple or pear, chopped
6 cups chicken stock
nutmeg and cinnamon
celtic sea salt  & pepper

Homemade Chicken Vegetable Soup

What You Need

Whole chicken or a few chicken legs or a few chicken breasts
3-4 ribs of celery
3-4 large carrots
2 medium onions
5-6 garlic cloves
1 package frozen spinach or 1 bag fresh
1 head broccoli or 1 bag frozen
1 package sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)
any other vegetables you have around and want to add
5-6 eggs, beaten in a bowl
turmeric, curry, oregano, basil, cayenne pepper, parsley, sea salt , pepper, garlic powder



Cleansing Gazpacho Soup

What You Need

4 cups tomatoes
3 ribs celery
1 Mexican green onion (or 3-4 regular green onions)
1 cucumber, large
1-2 garlic, small
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or regular liquid aminos)
1 teaspoon sea salt & pepper to taste

Skinny Green Chili Corn Chowder

What You Need

10 ears fresh corn
extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
1/2 cup canned green chilies, chopped
4 medium red potatoes, cubed
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme, or 1/4 teaspoon dry
2 bay leaves
1 cup plain almond milk, soy milk or skim milk
salt and pepper to taste
fresh cilantro, sour cream and minced red onions, cheddar cheese or bacon for garnish (optional)


Raw Italy Soup

What You Need

1/2 cup water
2 cups tomato, chopped
1/3 cup fresh parsley
1/3 cup fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 green onions
1 clove garlic
2 Tbs. olive oil
pinch sea  salt

Guinness Irish Stew

What You Need

1/4 cup coconut oil (no flavor)
1 1/4 pounds well-marbled organic chuck beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces (NOT extra-lean)
6 large garlic cloves, minced
6 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
1 cup of Guinness beer
1 cup of fine red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar or Xylitol
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) organic butter
3 pounds organic potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
1 large organic onion, chopped
2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled organic carrots
salt and Pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Thank you to Nutritional Style, Wellness Mama, Fresh Reform, She Knows & Kelly The Kitchen Kop for the brilliant recipes!

Meaty Entrees That Satisfy The Taste Buds

Put a healthy and delicious spin on your meaty entree this holiday with one of these mouth-watering options!

Christmas Ham With Guinness

What You Need

1 cooked leg ham
175 g of wholegrain mustard
175 g of marmalade
440 ml of Guinness
440 ml Pineapple juice


Dairy-Free Chicken With Mushroom Sauce

What You Need

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons grass-fed butter or coconut oil
2 shallots (about 1/4 cup), finely minced
1/2 lb button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup full fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Rib-Eye Steak in Gremolata-Like Marinade

What You Need

8 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped parsley leaves (about 1/2 bunch)
1 lime, zested and juiced
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 (1-inch) thick rib-eye steaks
2 large poblanos
1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley leaves
2 limes, zested and juiced
1/4 cup half-and-half
salt and freshly ground black pepper


Best Roast Turkey Christmas or Any Time

What You Need

50g/2oz butter
a sprig of fresh sage, leaves picked
12 strips of pancetta or thinly sliced streaky bacon
1 bulb of garlic, broken into cloves
4 medium red onions, peeled
2 sticks of celery, trimmed and chopped
a big handful of breadcrumbs
a handful of dried apricots
300g/10½ oz minced pork
zest of 1 lemon
a pinch of grated nutmeg
1 large free-range or organic egg
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 small fresh rosemary sprigs, plus a few extra
4-4.5kg/9-10lb turkey, preferably free-range or organic, at room temperature
2 carrots, peeled
1 large orange
olive oil
2 tablespoons plain flour
1.1litres/2 pints chicken or vegetable stock


Chicken Curry

What You Need

1 whole chicken cut into 6-8 pieces
3 Tablespoons of Virgin coconut oil
2 Tablespoons of organic coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon fine Himalayan salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh ginger root
1/4 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic
1 Tablespoon curry powder
2 cups chicken stock (you can use the neck and carcass to make this)
1/4 cup water

Corned Beef Brisket (Nitrate Free)

What You Need

One 4-5 pound beef brisket grass-fed if possible
The Brine:
2 quarts of water
1 cup of sea salt (Himalayan)
1/2 cup raw sugar or Xylitol
1 stick of cinnamon or about 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon of mustard seeds
1-2 tablespoons of black peppercorns
1/2 tsp whole cloves (about 8-10 individual cloves)
1 tsp allspice berries (optional)
1 tablespoon coriander seeds (optional)
1 tsp juniper berries (optional)
1/2 tsp dried ginger powder or about 1 tsp fresh minced ginger
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaf
5 garlic cloves, crushed or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
2-3 bay leaves, crushed
1/4 cup beet juice or juice from homemade sauerkraut made with purple cabbage (optional)

Chicken Andouille & Shrimp Gumbo

What You Need

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
4 links of andouille sausage, cut into small, bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup of diced onion
1 bulb of garlic, minced
1 whole green bell pepper, seeds and stem removed, diced into bite-sized pieces
3 ribs of celery, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
4 cubes of beef bouillon, diced
5 cups of hot water
1 cup of frozen okra
15 oz can of crushed tomatoes
20 shrimp (31-40 size), raw, deveined and shells off
2 tbsp flat leaf Italian parsley, diced
Store bought dried onions (optional)
Store bought fried garlic (optional)
Salt, to taste
Cracked black pepper, to taste
Frech bread or cooked rice

Barbecue Ribs

What You Need

3-4 lbs beef or pork ribs (or roast)
1.5 or more cups tomato sauce (from jar, no spices added)
1 6oz can tomato paste
Spices of choice to taste (1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tsp onion powder, salt, pepper, & paprika)
¼ cup honey & ¼ cup molasses (or ½ cup of either one)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar

Delightful, Guilt-Free Desserts

Top it off with one of these guilt-free delights! 

Raw Holiday Fudge

What You Need

1 recipe almond butter, recipe here: Almond Butter (1 1/4 cups)
1/2 cup cacao powder
3 tablespoons agave nectar
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup dried golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Raw, Organic & Vegan Double Chocolate Cherry Cheescake

What You Need

1 ¾ cups nuts (I used raw almonds)
½ cup raw cacao nibs
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
¾ teaspoon cherry extract
1 tablespoon raw chocolate powder
¾ cup raisins
3 cups cashews, soaked 1-2 hours, drained
1/3 cup raw agave
6 dates, pitted
½ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup water
2 teaspoons cherry extract
1 cup coconut oil
¾ cup raw chocolate powder
1 bag frozen berries (cherries would be optimal but any will do!)
¼ cup raw agave
dash fresh lemon juice
pinch cinnamon

No Bake Coconut Drop Cookies

What You Need

1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup grass-fed butter or virgin coconut oil
3/4 -1 cup granulated Xylitol
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups shredded coconut
3/4 cup almond butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of salt

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

What You Need

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups packed coconut sugar
1/4 cup Xylitol
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
1 egg
2 1/4 cups gluten-free baking mix
1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot flour
1/4 cup potato starch
1/2 cup brown rice fllour
1 1/4 cup white rice flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
optional: 1/4 – 1/2 cup of your favorite nuts (I used walnuts and pecans)


Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

What You Need

1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour (I used King Arthur’s white whole-wheat flour)
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup organic honey
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup chopped tree nuts (optional)

Maple Rosemary Glazed Walnuts

What You Need

2 cups walnut halves
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
pinch of kosher salt

Well all of this yummy food is making me hungry! You too?

Please leave a comment below to let us know how your menu turns out. We’d love to hear your feedback and any additions or suggestions!

+Ashley Steinbrinck writes regularly about natural health and happiness for Natural Healthy Concepts. Visit the site today to browse a wide selection of herbal nutritional supplements, vitamins and homeopathic medicine.