Lee Holmes' Healthy Christmas Menu Ideas

As this year comes to a close, its time to get your creative juices flowing with a few scrumptious recipes that you can make over the holiday period.

I enjoy this time of the year, not just because I love the Christmas lights and decorations that start to appear everywhere, but because I love all the delicious treats I get to whip together in the spirit of the holidays!

If you've been put in charge of preparing a meal - or the entire menu - for the Christmas table this year, here are a few ideas to consider in the lead up to the big day!

  • Starters

To begin, some of my favourite starters include pistachio stuffed mushrooms or a classic chicken liver pate. My olive tapenade or a pesto work well as beautiful dips with crackers.

To balance out the indulgence I love to make sure my table is abundant with fresh salads full of antioxidant rich ingredients. My kale, strawberry, and avocado salad (pictured) and a simple mixed leaf salad also tend to please a crowd.

Read more: 8 Salad Ideas to Serve on Christmas

  • Mains

For the main course, I can’t go past a classic ham, and my Gluten Free Christmas Ham with Rosemary will drop the jaws of all your guests.

Read more: 6 Ways to Have a Christmas Roast

  • Dessert

If you're looking for a healthy dessert option, try this festive raspberry studded pumpkin pie, or my layered quinoa trifle (in main image). 

However, when it comes to the best Christmas dessert, you can't go past a fruit cake!

See my Christmas cake recipe!

My fruit cake recipe is one of those flexible recipes for stress-free entertaining. You can add in whatever dried or dehydrated fruit you have in your cupboard, or try it with a combination of fruits, depending upon your tastes, guaranteeing you a different experience each time you make it.

For this one (pictured) I used dates, prunes, cranberries, raisins, sultanas and currants and a few of my own dried apricots and blueberries.

I also added Omega 3 rich walnuts, offering a delicious crunch as you bite into the cake. The richly dark and intense flavour means you’ll only need a small slither to be fully satisfied. The best part is that the cake will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a month.

Happy holidays everyone!

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