The holiday season is about enjoying great meals with family and friends. While these gatherings provide us with lasting memories, the rich foods make it easy to overindulge. Our recipes celebrate wholesome ingredients and fresh produce to help you serve better-for-you options that will leave your guests feeling satisfied, yet guilt-free.
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Plum Chutney & Butternut Squash
Lean pork tenderloin and butternut squash team up for a tasty meal option, while plum-based chutney serves as a bright accompaniment and fantastic gravy replacement. Bonus: this single recipe lets you put a meaty main, spiced sauce and sweetly roasted veggie side on the table in an hour. How’s that for efficiency?
Sage & Parmesan Barley Stuffing
This butter-less and bread-free stuffing gets its flavour from hearty seasonal veggies and chopped sage—not bread moistened with butter. With slowly simmered barley alongside tender veggies and fragrant herbs, this recipe is a fresh and filling spin on holiday stuffing. Flecked with traditional dressing components of carrots, onion and celery, it gets a dash of sharpness from grated Parmesan. For visual guidance, follow along with our recipe video.
Skip the canned variety and make homemade cranberry sauce in just 20 minutes! This holiday staple lets you control exactly what goes into it. Plus, it’s whipped up using just two ingredients. Make it with fresh or frozen cranberries, which are simply simmered with sugar (or another naturally sourced sweetener of your choice). Increase the tartness by reducing sugar and adding lemon zest, spice it up with cinnamon sticks or add a splash of orange liqueur.
Herbed Turnip Mash with Caramelized Onions
Say goodbye to starchy potatoes mashed with butter and sour cream, and hello to turnips smashed with 2% Greek yogourt for a fluffy potato-like texture. Hearty and brimming with fresh parsley and chives, this mash is an excellent pairing with any holiday main. Rich and smooth, it’s topped with golden caramelized onions for added sweetness.
Brussels Sprouts Blend, Apple & Roquefort Salad
Zesty and crunchy, this recipe blends the zingy taste of red wine vinegar and mustard with sweet apples and rich Roquefort cheese. Ready in 15 minutes, our colourful side is topped with delicious chopped hazelnuts. Serve it in place of a green bean casserole at the holiday table, and it’s safe to say nobody will mind.
Lemon-Cranberry Cornmeal Cookies
Bright lemon zest and tart dried cranberries make these chewy cookies a well-rounded treat. They’re 100 calories each and this recipe is nut-free—a great option for those with allergies. It takes only 10 minutes to prepare and makes 40 cookies—ideal for large gatherings, cookie swaps and bake sales.
Pomegranate & Ginger Spiced Yogourt Parfaits
Made without whipped cream and mascarpone cheese, these parfaits are still just as pretty as a traditional layered tiramisu. Tantalizing layers of gingersnaps, berry jam, Greek yogourt and juicy pomegranate arils transform this parfait into a truly feel-good dessert.
This tea is a tasty alternative to indulgent syrup-based, cream-topped specialty coffees. Ginger Chai Tea brings the familiar flavours and aromas of the holiday’s home with an Indian-style twist. Control the nutritional content by choosing which dairy you add. Watch our video for a visual guide.