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5 easy & healthy holiday recipes

5 easy & healthy holiday recipes

Staying healthy during the holidays can be a challenge, especially for busy families. Here are five easy, no-fuss, and healthy holiday recipes that can be prepared in about 10 minutes. Bonus: they’ll be in the oven long enough for you to check your email and get the kids to clean up before sitting down at the dinner table.

Holiday Spiced Roast – with winter veggies and persimmons!

feeds 4 holiday elves

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 persimmon
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • ½ tsp each of: salt, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom
  • optional 4 cups of warm cooked quinoa and ½ cup raisins

Instructions:

  1. cut the squash, carrots and persimmon into ½ inch thick chunks
  2. coat in coconut oil and spices
  3. spread on a large baking pan, roast in 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes
  4. eat as is, or over warm quinoa & raisins. enjoy!

Lightened up Italian Eggplant Bake
serves 4 snowman builders

Ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant thinly sliced
  • 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper, any dried italian herbs (ex: oregano, parsley)
  • *can also substitute eggplant for 4 zucchinis

Instructions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. in a deep baking dish (ex; 14x10x3), spread 1 tbs olive oil on bottom of dish
  3. layer dish with eggplant, salt & pepper, pasta sauce, and spinach (until all ingredients are used)
  4. spread cheese and sprinkle herbs & spices on top
  5. bake for about 40 minutes, and broil on high for an additional 5 minutes to get the top crispy

Roasted Spaghetti Squash – with chicken sausage & kale
feeds 3-4 happy helpers

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 4 chicken sausage links
  • 2 cups kale
  • salt, pepper, and olive oil

Instructions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a baking sheet with cooking spray
  2. cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, add salt and pepper, and place face down on baking sheet
  3. slice chicken sausage into ½ inch thick pieces, mix with kale, olive oil, salt & pepper, and place on a second baking sheet on lower oven rack
  4. bake all together for 25 minutes, remove chicken sausage & kale sheet and continue to bake spaghetti squash for an additional 20 minutes
  5. scoop out “spaghetti” strands from squash, mix with sausage and kale
  6. add more salt and pepper to taste if needed  

Sweet Potato, Spinach & Mushroom Casserole
serves 4 festive friends

Ingredients:

  • 1 small diced sweet potato
  • 3 cups chopped spinach
  • 2 cups sliced portobella mushrooms
  • 1 thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 smashed garlic clove
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • salt, pepper, paprika & thyme to taste
  • 2 tbs olive oil

Instructions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. whisk together eggs with olive oil in a large bowl
  3. add all other ingredients, mix well
  4. pour into a large baking dish and bake uncovered for about 45- 50 minutes

Don’t forget to leave room for dessert!

Baked Spiced Apples
feeds 4 cozy carolers

Ingredients:

  • 2 large apples, sliced down the middle
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • optional 1 cup of frozen yogurt

Instructions:

  1. mix together cinnamon & brown sugar
  2. core out the middle of the apples, place on baking sheet
  3. coat apples in oil and sprinkle evenly with cinnamon & brown sugar
  4. bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes
  5. enjoy as is, or top with a scoop of your favorite frozen yogurt

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*Recipes courtesy of www.wellandthecity.com

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