To lay a healthy, nutritious, and comparatively low-cost Holiday table is quite simple if you make use of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. You have a wide choice of the ingredients for preparing original, delicious, and wholesome meals. A great number of recipes for vegetarian dishes allow you to first astonish, then please, and in the end make your guests full. Here are several ideas for a healthy holiday menu, on the basis of which you can create a gorgeous alternative to unhealthy dishes:
- Vegetarian haggis.
The traditional Scottish Christmas meal is stuffed with a mix of your favorite beans, mushrooms, lentils, and oats for binding. Use all spices and herbs as in the conventional dish, and enrich yourself with health-promoting nutrients.
- Shepherd’s pie.
A vegetarian alternative to this dish will be a rich source of vitamins and fiber due to the use of lentils, squash, carrots, celery, onions and mushrooms as a filling. While enjoying its unusual taste, you’ll give a boost to your immune system and feel full longer.
- Stuffed squash.
Use any kind of this wholesome vegetable. All sorts are packed with beta-carotene, which is useful for your eyesight and skin. You can use sweet apples and a cheese with sharp flavor to make a contrast. Add protein-rich quinoa and almonds.
- Stuffed burgers.
These can be done with various kinds of stuff. Use nutrition-dense lentils, hazelnuts or beans as a basis, and spice them with thyme, sage, garlic as well as onion. Add sour berries such as cranberries or black currants, which are the best sources of vitamin C.
- Veggie tarts.
The pastry for them is made from chickpea as well as almond flour, corn starch and coconut oil. Due to this, the tarts will be a good source of monounsaturated fats and Omega 3 fatty acids, which protect you from cardiovascular conditions. By topping them with blended mushrooms, kale, carrots, sweet potato, and the kind of the beans you like most, you will add to their healthful properties.
- Fries made from avocado.
This dish may be a surprise for your guests, because, among many known dishes with avocado, this is the most original. Breaded slices of avocado are baked in an oven until crumbs turn golden. Avocado French fries may be served as a side dish with different sauces. This exotic fruit with magnificent healthful qualities will be a centerpiece on a holiday table.
- Beet salad.
Salads are an inseparable part of any meal. Beet is one of the healthiest vegetables due to the rich content of minerals, vitamins, and insoluble fiber, which is beneficial for the digestive system. Sliced beetroots under buttermilk dressing are baked with walnuts, paprika and cinnamon. Garnished with salad leaves, this dish adds colors to the holiday table.
Dry wines go well with vegetables and fruits. You can use them as the basis for various cocktails as the latter look more festive. Make them picturesque with citrus fruits, cherries, cranberries, and pomegranates.