Nutrition 2015-10-09 Make a Healthier Holiday Menu Main Article Content Breadcrumb navigation All/Nutrition/A Healthier Holiday Menu Healthier Recipes for the Whole Holiday Menu The holiday season brings a number of occasions to indulge in our favorite foods. Healthy habits for tackling the buffet will be your best friend when the menu is out of your control. However, when you’re the cook, substitutions and healthier recipes — not to mention in-season produce picks — can help take the guilt out of your holiday meal. Here are our favorite picks for healthier holiday recipes, from Fitness Magazine, Food Network and Eating Well. Appetizers Consider serving raw vegetables with hummus — a health food favorite — instead of rich dips like ranch. Substitutions like light cream cheese for your dip or turkey for your meatballs can keep the classics on your table and the calories out of mind. Dip Recipes: Tangy Tomato Dip Homemade Hummus Smoked Salmon Mousse Finger Food Recipes: Spicy Hoisin-Glazed Turkey Meatballs Eggplant Ricotta Bites Cucumber Cups Baked Coconut Shrimp Sides Seek out healthier recipes for classics like green bean casserole or scalloped potatoes, and add healthier side dishes, such as salads and seasonal vegetables. Salad Recipes: Warm Spinach Salad Candied Walnut, Pear and Leafy Green Salad Grapefruit Mint Salad Vegetable Recipes: Garlic-Roasted Kale Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranate and Hazelnuts Lemon-Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan Hearty Classics: Green Bean Casserole Light Scalloped Potatoes Potatoes With Chili Butter Stuffing Recipes: Farro Stuffing With Butternut Squash, Red Onion and Almonds Whole Grain Apple Cranberry Stuffing Linguica Sausage Stuffing With Mushrooms Main Dish Chicken and turkey are traditionally healthy sources of protein, but be wary of rich holiday sides and sauces. The health-minded chef can also look to lean cuts like pork tenderloin, which can have less fat than a chicken breast. Poultry Recipes: Apple and Cranberry Turkey Roulade Pomegranate Roasted Chicken Pork Recipes: Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Roasted Pork and Potatoes With Creamy Applesauce Sarsaparilla-Basted Ham Vegetarian Recipes: Vegan Saffron Risotto Salmon With Satusma Soy Glaze Dessert Sweet treats are a standard of holiday meals, whether individual options are served on a tray or a decadent cake is offered to share. But leave the guilt behind by using healthier recipes for these indulgences. Desserts to Share: Pear Almond Tart Winter Fruit Salad Peppermint Ice Cream Cake Tiramisu Cranberry Coconut Trifle Single-Serving Desserts: Peppermint Parfaits Gingery Chocolate Mini-Cakes Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies Lemon Bars Interested in hearing more from Northwestern Medicine? 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