Seasonal dishes don’t need to mean seasonal weight gain. You can still enjoy healthy, delicious foods without the extra calories, sugar, sodium, and fat. What’s more, you can have those healthier foods without sacrificing the taste you love. That’s why we’re sharing the 11 best seasonal dishes for holidays.
When we think about the best seasonal recipes for holidays, our thoughts often turn to comfort foods: turkey, casseroles, pumpkin pie, and so on. We might imagine the way the foods smell or picture the faces of loved ones who made them for us. But now you’re watching your weight and health, and perhaps you think you can’t enjoy those foods anymore.
Well, you can. See, here at SkinnyMs., we have those memories, too. And when it comes to the best seasonal recipes for holidays, we want to experience those same warm, fuzzy feelings—we just don’t want the fat and calories that go with them. In fact, some of the first recipes created by SkinnyMs. Founder Gale Compton were originally cherished family recipes that needed a “skinny” touch to make them healthier.
Enter these seasonal dishes. These are recipes that can feed your body—but they may feed your soul, too, by delivering on the holiday taste you’re looking forward to enjoying. We’ve got a list of healthy main dishes, sides, and desserts that use clean-eating ingredients your body was made to process. You won’t find overly-salted soups or fatty desserts here. These are recipes you can rely on to help you celebrate the season the way you want to. So start planning your holiday menu now, so you and guests can gather together and enjoy all the blessings the season brings.
11 Best Seasonal Dishes for Holidays
1. Skinny Slow Cooker Holiday Turkey Breast (Pictured Above)
This is a simple but tasty recipe that will make your meal a lip-smacker. We used the Set ‘n Forget slow cooker, which features an internal temperature probe so you don’t have to sweat out over- or undercooking the bird.
2. Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Stew
Who needs turkey sandwiches when you can use leftovers to make this filling stew!? This mix of turkey and vegetables is the perfect way to satisfy the crew during the holiday season. Did we mention it has just 183 calories per serving?
3. Skinny Slow Cooker Classic Pot Roast
Whether your family simply prefers something other than turkey or you have guests with a poultry allergy, you’ll be proud to put this dish front-and-center on your holiday menu. This flavorful and moist roast is easy to make and ready in 6-8 hours.
4. Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
This is a yummy way to start any holiday menu. The roasted squash and fall spices make for a pretty, delicious dish.
5. Skinny Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mash
When it comes to seasonal dishes, sweet potato casserole is at the top of the list for many—but traditional recipes pack on the sugar and calories. This tasty alternative gives you all the benefits of sweet potatoes, without the junk. It has just 112 calories in a serving.
6. Green Bean Casserole
This is one of the best seasonal recipes for holidays because it eliminates the processed soups and processed onions found in most conventional casserole recipes. It gives loved ones the comfort food taste they want, minus the chemicals their bodies don’t need.
7. Skinny Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Lower fat content makes this recipe a winner for the holidays’ meal plans. Non-fat Greek yogurt offers probiotics and protein in a dish that’s less than 150 calories per serving.
8. Velvety Butternut Squash
Smooth, spicy, and sweet are the best words to describe this holiday recipe. It uses whole food ingredients, like squash and coconut milk, to create a dish perfect for any seasonal menu.
9. Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits
This healthy biscuit is a tasty choice for the holidays’ meal plans. This light, flaky recipe delivers only 183 calories in each biscuit, so you can enjoy one of these gems, guilt-free.
10. Salted Caramel Apple Pie, Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free
There is really nothing to say about this recipe, except, well, YUM!
11. Happy Herbivore Crustless Pumpkin Pie
Pie crust is a prime culprit when it comes to adding extra calories to the holiday menu. But this crustless pie recipe is one of those seasonal dishes that is healthy and delectable. Best of all, it’s just 100 calories per serving.
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