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Healthy Christmas recipes

49 Recipes

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

Crispy cubed roasties with garlic & thyme

4

(1 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 hour and 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Glazed sprouts with caramelised red onions

5

(1 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
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Cranberry & chestnut falafel

4.714285

(7 ratings)

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
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Christmas slaw

4.714285

(7 ratings)

A nutty winter salad which is superhealthy, quick to prepare and finished with a light maple syrup dressing
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Festive celeriac koshari

3

(2 ratings)

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 hour and 40 mins
  • More effort
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Lemon & thyme baby carrots

5

(2 ratings)

Make the most of sweet, seasonal carrots by dressing them with herbs, honey and citrus
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Mini hasselbacks with dill

0

(0 ratings)

Slash baby potatoes then bake with dill breadcrumbs for the perfect, crunchy accompaniment to a roast or stew
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Garlic, basil & olive oil mash

5

(3 ratings)

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
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Toasted sesame sprouts

4

(1 rating)

Flavour versatile Brussels sprouts with mirin, soy, sesame and chilli and serve as a healthy side dish
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Roast parsnip & chestnut salad

4

(1 rating)

A low-fat yet rustic root vegetable salad flavoured with honey and rosemary. It makes a great accompaniment a roast dinner.
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Boom Bang-a-Bang chicken cups

4.666665

(3 ratings)

Classic British Coronation chicken gets a makeover, served in Little Gem lettuce leaves with peanut and coconut sauce
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Mashed roots

4.5

(2 ratings)

Potatoes, carrots and swede make a heavenly match when served smooth with a little cream, butter and nutmeg
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Mustardy greens

4.8

(5 ratings)

Spring greens and peas partner well - serve in a butter and mustard glaze for a low-fat and healthy side
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Pot-roast beef with French onion gravy

4.64368

(87 ratings)

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 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Butternut & harissa hummus

4.615385

(13 ratings)

Roast pumpkin with plenty of garlic then blitz into a Moroccan-style dip with spicy harissa and sesame paste
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Seeded flatbreads

4

(1 rating)

Moroccan-style breads with nigella and sesame seeds, great for wrapping and dipping
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Festive red salad

4

(6 ratings)

Cabbage, red onion, apple and beetroot - all the brightest purple fruit and veg makes up this winter salad with sweet vinaigrette
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Mulled red cabbage with clementines

5

(2 ratings)

Skip the red wine and mull your veg with mixed spice, brown sugar and an orange studded with cloves
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

From-the-freezer Yorkies

0

(0 ratings)

You can't have a roast dinner without Yorkshire puddings! These fluffy, crispy beauties can be made ahead and frozen
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Hasselback potato gratin

5

(8 ratings)

A Scandinavian bake with herbs and butter - cutting the spuds really thin helps them to crisp up nicely
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

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