Tis the season to spend quality time with friends, family, and loved ones – and there aren’t many better ways of celebrating the holidays with a grand feast. Several feasts, as a matter of fact.
The holidays bring about joyous gatherings around the table, where cuisines from all cultures get to showcase some of their traditional holiday specialties at multiple jovial dinner parties. However, the simple fact that there are multiple dinners to attend this season can be a possible obstacle to our goals of staying fit amidst the inevitable winter lull. This doesn’t mean that the parties should be avoided. It’s the season to have fun, and keeping up a healthy diet shouldn’t get in the way.
Here are some healthy and exciting dishes you can bring to one of your upcoming holiday potlucks:
Slow Cooked Provencal Beef Stew
Slow cooking is ideal for potlucks. Dishes such as this can be well prepared a day or two in advance and you can even either cook them at your host’s place (granted you arrive early) or cook hours before and just hold it in the oven for heating. This dish offers a nice mix of vegetables, flavours, and a tasty helping of beef chunks (makes sure to pick out nicely marbled ones).
Slow-Roasted Turkey with Cream Gravy
Turkey is one of the staples of Christmas for western cuisines. Again, this dish allows the opportunity to prepare the bird days before your dinner – a helpful factor during a busy season. What makes this turkey recipe stand out is its gravy feature that’s thickened by use of cornstarch – yes, it’s gluten-free!
Full recipe at: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/slow-roasted-turkey
This easy-to-make punch not only resonates with traditional Christmas colours, it also has that citrusy flavour that’s always welcomed during a holiday dinner party. It’s relatively easy and quick to put together as it only requires a few quarts of cranberry juice, lemonade and pineapple juice. Feel free to add in some bourbon or vodka for a bit of kick.
Full recipe at: http://www.food.com/recipe/christmas-punch-24845
There are numerous healthy alternatives to holiday dishes. There are a ton of recipes that follow the guidelines of a gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free or vegetarian diet – and they add that holiday feel to the dish as well. Ultimately, the most important note to remember during this season is to have a great time. Don’t let your restrictions overshadow the event. Keep it low-key. If you must, then watch your portions. Just remember, enjoy your time!