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Roast Chicken with Pomegranate Glaze

This sweet-tart pomegranate molasses glaze is delicious combined with the citrusy sumac spice rub, and gives the roasted chicken a dark, ruby luster. Rub the chicken earlier in the day, or overnight, for the best flavor.

» Roast Chicken with Pomegranate Glaze

Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Beets & Pomegranate

Roasted beets and sweet dates, tangy oranges and juicy pomegranate seeds make this quinoa salad recipe festive. It pairs beautifully with turkey or roast pork.

» Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Beets & Pomegranate

Sauerbraten

Sauerbraten, a classic German recipe, is the ultimate make-ahead entree. First you brine it, then you braise it, then it marinates for a day before you serve it—sauerbraten literally means “pickled roast beef.” Serve this sauerbraten with the traditional German dumplings called spaetzle, or mashed potatoes or buttered noodles, and roasted green beans.

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Garlic-Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Speed up roasting vegetables, like these lemon-and-thyme-infused Brussels sprouts, by cooking them on two large baking sheets instead of just one. This basic roasting technique also works for other root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and potatoes.

» Garlic-Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Eggnog Pie with Cranberry Sauce

This healthy custard pie recipe combines the flavors of gingerbread and eggnog into a festive holiday dessert. An easy cranberry sauce balances the sweetness of the pie with a touch of tartness. To lighten the load of holiday baking, each element can be prepared up to 5 days ahead.

» Eggnog Pie with Cranberry Sauce

Wild Rice & Baby Kale Salad with Persimmons

This colorful, healthy salad recipe features persimmons—lightly sweet fruit, commonly grown in California, that ripen just in time to grace holiday tables. If you can’t find persimmons, diced apples are a good alternative.

» Wild Rice & Baby Kale Salad with Persimmons

Pear-Pecan Cheese Ball

Sweet pear, salty Cheddar cheese and crunchy nuts make this healthy cheese ball recipe an alluring holiday treat. Serve with an array of crudités and crisp party crackers.

» Pear-Pecan Cheese Ball


It often happens when hosting a holiday get-together that you spend more time getting the feast on the table and cleaning up than actually spending time with your loved ones—which is the whole reason you hosted Christmas anyway, right? Our healthy Christmas recipes might just be your answer to spending more time with your guests!

Well, this year Christmas can be different but just as tasty thanks to a few simple menus along with plenty of make-ahead recipes to maximize your time spent with your family and friends and minimize your time in the kitchen. Two of our menus even have planners outlining what to make ahead when and what to do Christmas day. We’ve also included a few other of our favorite menus (including one for brunch and one for Christmas Eve) to enjoy with your family before and after the gifts come. And don’t forget to leave Santa some of our award-winning Christmas cookies this year!

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Healthy Christmas Main Dish Recipes

This sweet-tart pomegranate molasses glaze is delicious...
Luxurious beef tenderloin shines when treated to a simple...
Mustard and rosemary complement rich lamb and earthy...
This healthy roasted chicken recipe is perfect for a simple...
The flavors in a slow-cooked beef stew improve as it sits...
Kale and kabocha pair deliciously in this healthy...
Game hens are even easier to prepare than chicken and help...
The orange marmalade and soy sauce glaze accentuates the...
Sauerbraten, a classic German recipe, is the ultimate make-...
When a whole bird is just too much--time and effort, as...
This tart starts with a Cheddar cheese crust that's...
Stuff pork tenderloin with apple and leek to take it from...
Portobello mushroom cutlets get steak-house treatment—...

Healthy Christmas Recipes for Sides, Salads & More

Roasted beets and sweet dates, tangy oranges and juicy...
Speed up roasting vegetables, like these lemon-and-thyme-...
Mature, larger-leaved spinach holds up better to the warm...
Sweet pear, salty Cheddar cheese and crunchy nuts make this...
Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, this healthy...
This colorful, healthy salad recipe features persimmons—...
For this cousin of the Caesar salad use a combination of...
Crisp pears are tossed with Cheddar cheese and pecans in...
The sweetness of the roasted beets works well with tart...
Here we stir fresh parsley and crunchy pistachios into...
We cook then cool the beans in advance so they can be...
Simply prepared green and yellow beans with wild mushrooms...
Make plenty of these mildly sweet and salty nuts—they are...
Bitter, sweet and peppery flavors marry well in this...
Roasting these carrots with only a bit of butter and some...
Finding tasty, healthy, whole-grain dinner rolls in the...
This pear and arugula salad recipe is topped with homemade...
Extra-sharp Cheddar and buttermilk add a tangy punch to...
These tangy horseradish-cream-topped Brussels sprouts are...
Here we roast a variety of roots with a brown sugar-cider...
Red beets and golden carrots look especially festive in...
Emerald-green lacinato kale is the star of this healthy...
The oranges in this healthy salad recipe are caramelized in...

Healthy Christmas Dessert Recipes

No other dessert turns heads like a trifle. Festive in...
A bûche de Noël—a cake decorated like a yule log—is a...
This healthy custard pie recipe combines the flavors of...
This gingerbread-flavored homemade marshmallow recipe is a...
Banana-infused milk is folded with whipped Greek yogurt in...
These flourless orange-and-chocolate-flavored meringues are...
Reminiscent of a British sticky toffee pudding, this cake...
Our Test Kitchen created this showpiece cheesecake to...
This pecan tart gets added tang from dried cherries....
This boldly spiced classic pumpkin pie recipe can be made...
In this healthy apple pie recipe, a touch of maple syrup...
A sublime silky chocolate custard fills this simple...
This ultimate fall and winter tart showcases the best...
This light vanilla custard sauce recipe is perfect served...
In this healthy bread pudding recipe, whole-wheat bread,...
The flavor of this spiced orange compote improves with time...
In this healthy snickerdoodle cookie recipe, ginger,...

Healthy Eggnog & Drink Recipes

Not kid stuff: A sophisticated and safe low-fat version of...
Pureed ripe pears naturally sweeten the fruity base for...
In this simple sparkling wine cocktail, lemon juice and...
In this festive sparkling wine cocktail, homemade cinnamon-...
This warm mixture is a distinctive twist on the classic hot...
There was a time when every household had its own recipe...
This scrumptious nonalcoholic punch adds pear, cranberries...
For a nonalcoholic version, omit the applejack and schnapps...

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