Our Favourite Healthy(ish) Christmas Dishes
OUR STAFF GUIDE TO A FILLING CHRISTMAS
When it comes to Christmas, one of the first things that leaps to mind is the food. The vast quantities of roast chicken (I’ve never been much of a turkey person), vegetables, potatoes, and of course the mince pies, chocolate, and mulled wine.
What excites me the most, and drags me out of my deep slumber, is the thought of freshly prepared hors d’oeuvres, the bubbling Mimosas, and the smell of a slowly soaking Christmas pudding. It’s not, and I’m being honest, the presents.
However, all this eating and drinking leaves one feeling a little bit guilty by the end of it all. We enter the new year with our trousers a little tighter. So, we thought it might be an idea to ask our staff for their favourite healthy(ish) Christmas foods!
KAREN’S Savoury Treats
“I make my own soups full of goodness and 100% vegetarian ! My very favourite though is Butternut Squash Soup.”
- 1 large butternut squash cubed
- 1 large onion finely sliced
- 2 garlic cloves
- Fresh ginger
- Vegetable stock cube
- Chilli powder
- Place the squash, onion, and garlic into a large stock pot, cover with hot vegetable stock, add a pinch of tumeric, and chilli powder to taste.
- Grate in some fresh ginger and add salt and pepper.
- Leave to simmer for around 30 mins, then blitz with a blender.
- Garnish with chives.
DAN’S SAUSAGE TART
“Okay, so sausages…” Dan is a long time fan of sausages and pies for almost any occasion so it’s unsurprising that his input here is a delicious “healthy” sausage tart.
- 100g reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 220g plain flour
- 170g whole-wheat pastry flour
- 220g turkey sausage
- 4 to 5 mushrooms, finely diced
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 2 small stalks celery, chopped
- 1 slice whole-wheat bread, crumbed
- A handful of dried fruit
- 1 stalk of rosemary, finely chopped
- ½ cup water
- Preheat oven to around 190c and butter your cupcake tray
- Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with 1 egg and oil until well combined. Add the all-purpose and pastry flour. Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Sautee mushrooms, onion and celery in oil until softened. Add sausage meat and cook until browned. Add the bread crumbs, dried fruit, and rosemary. Whisk the remaining 1 egg and water in a small bowl. Drizzle over the sausage mixture and stir until combined.
- Divide the dough into 24 balls. Press each ball evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a muffin cup. Spoon the sausage mixture evenly into the dough cups.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
PRISCILLA’S Sweet BAKES
Priscilla is a baker at heart, her birthday brownies are longingly looked forward to every year! This recipe though is christmas themed and healthy(ish).
- 250g plain flour
- 170 whole wheat flour
- 230g brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch salt
- 2 large eggs
- 110g vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 medium carrots, grated
- Canned pineapple, drained (you could add dried fruit here if you wanted)
- Line your muffin tray. And Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.
- Stir the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl lightly whisk the egg, then whisk in the vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.
- Quickly and lightly fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula. Stir in the carrots and pineapple until moist; the batter should be very thick. Divide the batter evenly in the tray cups.
- Bake about 30 minutes.
Beate’s POACHED PEARS
“My favourite skinny Christmas Dessert: Rosé wine Poached Pears with a dollop of half fat crème fraîche.”
- 3 medium ripe pears
- 350g sugar
- 1 cup water
- Rosé Wine (your selection)
- Vanilla Extract
- Peel the pears, and cut them in half (removing the cores)
- Over a medium heat, combine the sugar, water, wine and vanilla bean in a saucepan, stirring while you bring it to the boil.
- Add the pears to the saucepan ensuring that they are all covered.
- Reduce the heat, cover with a lid, and simmer until the pears are soft.
- Serve the pears with a dollop of half fat crème fraîche.
What’s your favourite healthy dish for the Chritsmas season? Let us know in the comments section below!
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