10+ Last-Minute Recipes for a Fabulous Holiday Menu

10+ Last-Minute Recipes for a Fabulous Holiday Menu

By Alyssa Kessel, RDN, LD, Expert Dietitian

There’s no doubt that the holidays are a challenge for the healthy routines we’ve been building, adjusting, and refining all year long. Many patients I work with are dreading the holiday season out of fear they might ruin their healthy routines or sabotage their hard-earned progress. But it’s all about finding the healthy balance between indulgence and moderation.

Many of our holiday favorites can be made into a healthy version. I recommend you make a list of your must-haves and research recipes that align with your healthy eating habits.

To help you prepare for your holiday menus, I’ve found some great recipes that will both nourish you and let you join in on the holiday celebrations. Let me know which one is your favorite!


Snacking at parties can be a challenge, especially if you haven’t eaten before the party. The best way to fight off the holiday munchies is to bring some great appetizers that are healthy too:

Soups & Salads

winter salad with dark leafy greens seeds and mandarin oranges

Instead of stacking your plate with bread and other heavy carb items, go for some tasty soups and salads instead:


No holiday menu is complete without a delicious entrée. Not sure what to make? These three are a fabulous start:


If your sides are typically carb-heavy, here are a few substitutes you can try:


Everyone knows that desserts are the perfect way to end a great dinner. Below are three tasty treats that won’t distract from your healthy menu:

Breakfast Casserole

Some of my patients celebrate with a big family brunch rather than dinner, so I wanted to make sure there was at least one great casserole on this list:

Remember, it’s all about finding that healthy balance between indulgence and moderation. If you’d like some more personalized support this holiday season, you can get started by filling out our online health history form. Good luck with your holiday menu this Christmas season!

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