Roast turkey crown surrounded by root vegetables

Healthy Christmas recipes

Our best ever healthy festive dishes make a wholesome addition to your Christmas Day spread, including roast centrepieces, starters and sides.

2 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

Cut your potatoes smaller so that there's no need to par-boil to achieve perfectly crispy garlic and thyme flavoured spuds, with fluffy centres

1 hr and 45 mins
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1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Fry red onions in butter until golden and fragrant, then cover with a sweet and tangy sherry vinegar dressing for a delicious Christmas side

20 mins
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Vegetarian
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5 ratings 3.2 out of 5 star rating

For vegetarians, cauliflower is veg patch royalty. This dish captures all that is right about the marriage of grains and vegetables 

1 hr and 25 mins
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9 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Add a bit of seasonal spirit to your chickpea bites with fruit and nuts. Serve with a creamy yogurt dip and fresh coriander

35 mins
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Vegetarian
8 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A nutty winter salad which is superhealthy, quick to prepare and finished with a light maple syrup dressing

15 mins
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Vegan
7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

This lean roast dinner uses pork leg topped with prosciutto. Serve with roast potatoes, carrots and celeriac, plus lots of herbs and an apple gravy

2 hrs and 5 mins
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Healthy
4 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

This gorgeous veggie side dish with spiced celeriac has its roots in Egypt, where it’s sold as street food. Ideal for bringing to a festive gathering

1 hr and 40 mins
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2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Make the most of sweet, seasonal carrots by dressing them with herbs, honey and citrus

15 mins
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1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Slash baby potatoes then bake with dill breadcrumbs for the perfect, crunchy accompaniment to a roast or stew

50 mins
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4 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Boil whole garlic cloves with your potatoes then mash together with lean skimmed milk, fresh basil and a hint of extra virgin olive oil

35 mins
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0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Roast potatoes don't need to be unhealthy. Use a little rapeseed oil and flavour with citrus and herbs

1 hr and 15 mins
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2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Flavour versatile Brussels sprouts with mirin, soy, sesame and chilli and serve as a healthy side dish

20 mins
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Vegetarian
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

A low-fat yet rustic root vegetable salad flavoured with honey and rosemary. It makes a great accompaniment a roast dinner.

40 mins
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Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Classic British Coronation chicken gets a makeover, served in Little Gem lettuce leaves with peanut and coconut sauce

35 mins
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Healthy
8 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Potatoes, carrots and swede make a heavenly match when served smooth with a little cream, butter and nutmeg

35 mins
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7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Spring greens and peas partner well - serve in a butter and mustard glaze for a low-fat and healthy side

15 mins
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121 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Silverside and topside are cheaper and leaner cuts of meat, well-suited to slow-cooking. The stock and juices make a great sauce when combined with caramelised onions

2 hrs and 30 mins
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Healthy
15 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Roast pumpkin with plenty of garlic then blitz into a Moroccan-style dip with spicy harissa and sesame paste

55 mins
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3 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Moroccan-style breads with nigella and sesame seeds, great for wrapping and dipping

1 hr and 15 mins
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9 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Cabbage, red onion, apple and beetroot - all the brightest purple fruit and veg makes up this winter salad with sweet vinaigrette

20 mins
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Vegetarian
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Skip the red wine and mull your veg with mixed spice, brown sugar and an orange studded with cloves

1 hr and 15 mins
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0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Spruce up your roots by adding crunchy nuts and caramelise with sweet maple syrup

50 mins
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Healthy
Vegetarian
1 rating 1.0 out of 5 star rating

You can't have a roast dinner without Yorkshire puddings! These fluffy, crispy beauties can be made ahead and frozen

45 mins
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Vegetarian
8 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

A Scandinavian bake with herbs and butter - cutting the spuds really thin helps them to crisp up nicely

1 hr and 40 mins
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Vegetarian
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