Low-Calorie Christmas Recipes

Just because it's Christmas doesn't mean you can't find delicious recipes that'll fit your low-cal diet. From pan-roasted sweet potatoes to thumbprint cookies, we have enough recipes so you can plan a satisfying low-cal meal from start to finish.

Staff Picks

Spiralized Apple Crisp

Rating: 5 stars
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Use a spiralizer to skip the peeling and slicing in this easy apple crisp recipe. Plus the noodly texture of this gluten-free fruit dessert is a fun adaptation of traditional versions.

Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Dried Cherries & Pecans

Rating: 5 stars
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Dried cherries and nuts give this healthy sweet potato side dish recipe a traditional feel. The addition of some bacon for lushness and Aleppo pepper for a little bite really kicks things up.

Mixed Green Salad with Pomegranate, Dates & Bacon

Rating: 4 stars
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Jewel-like pomegranate seeds star along with bacon, tangy clementines and sweet dates in this mixed green salad recipe. To make it a dinner salad, top with chicken, shrimp or pan-seared salmon.

Mushroom- & Cranberry-Stuffed Turkey Cutlets

Rating: 4 stars
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This quick and healthy turkey cutlet recipe delivers a taste of Thanksgiving in just 40 minutes start to finish. Serve with wild rice pilaf and steamed green beans.

Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal Mix

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Make your own hot cereal mix with this healthy recipe. Keep it on hand and just cook up the amount you need when you're ready for a hot breakfast. One serving of the warm cereal contains 6 grams of fiber--almost a quarter of your daily quota-which helps stave off hunger throughout the morning.

Orange-Pistachio Cookies

Rating: 5 stars
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For this slice-and-bake cookie recipe, we've knocked back the sugar a bit and used white whole-wheat flour for more flavor, fiber and nutrients. Keep a roll of the dough in the freezer so you can quickly bake a batch if company stops by.

Banana-Bran Muffins

Rating: 4.83 stars
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By the end of the week, any bananas left in the fruit bowl are past their prime--just right for these moist bran muffins. Add a handful of dark chocolate chips to entice children to enjoy a fiber-rich treat.

Dill Mustard Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
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This tangy mustard-dill sauce recipe is delicious served with smoked salmon, used as a vegetable dip or spread on a sandwich.

Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Rating: 4.88 stars
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Marinating precooked shrimp in garlic- and lemon-infused oil is a simple yet elegant appetizer.

Garlic Chicken

Rating: 4.32 stars
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Whole garlic cloves are mild when simmered with chicken in a simple white wine-mustard sauce in this garlic chicken recipe. Serve with smashed potatoes with buttermilk and sautéed green beans.

Irish Pork Roast with Roasted Root Vegetables

Rating: 4 stars
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In this easy one-pan dinner, boneless pork loin roast is cooked over a bed of carrots and parsnips for an all-in-one dish that makes an impressive centerpiece for a holiday meal or Sunday dinner. Choose free-range heritage pork if you can--its flavor really shines with no more seasoning than a bit of thyme and a little sea salt. If you'd like, dress up the meal with a traditional Irish apple condiment--Ploughmans chutney or Bramley applesauce, which you can find in specialty stores and online.

Turkish Spice Mix

Make a big batch of this Turkish spice mix to have on hand when you need to whip up a quick vegetable dip or flavorful, easy salad dressing. Or try it as a rub for grilled or roasted meat or vegetables. The spice mix is also perfect to give as a hostess gift along with a recipe card for turning it into a dip or vinaigrette (see Tips, below). For the freshest, most economical spices, head to a store that has a large, well-stocked bulk spice department.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

Our savory cauliflower puree makes a perfect low-carb stand-in for mashed potatoes. It has about one-quarter of the calories of typical mashed potatoes.

"Use a Spoon" Chopped Salad

This fresh and crispy salad recipe is full of great flavors, colors and textures. Chopped veggies, fruit, nuts and goat cheese come together for an impressive holiday side that's easy enough to make any day.

Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

Rating: 3.82 stars
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In this apple-cinnamon oatmeal recipe, we use the fruit in two forms, shredded and chopped, to maximize flavor and texture. Enjoy a bowl of this oatmeal and you'll start your day right with whole grains and a serving of fruit.