50 Festive & Healthy Holiday Recipes

The holidays are upon us! Brewing spiced tea, wrapping gifts, and spending time with loved ones are only some of my favorite activities this time of year. Of course, cooking and enjoying comforting, special foods is also at the top of my list! There are so many delicious seasonal produce items and scrumptious recipes that I can’t seem to get enough on my holiday table. That’s why I asked some of my dietitian blogger friends to share their all-time favorite holiday recipes to help inspire your holiday menu planning this month. I love all of these recipes, and I just can’t wait to try them out this season!

Beverages


Spiked Holiday Cider, Michele Sidorenkov, RD, My Millennial Kitchen (shown above)
Pomegranate French 75, Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN
Vegan Snowflake Cocktail, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RD, The Plant Powered Dietitian

Spiced German Gluwhein, Kristina Todini, RDN, Fork in The Road (shown above)
Cape Cod Cranberry Kombucha Mule, Jenna Gorham, RD
Gin Ginger Beet Cocktail with Thyme, Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, CSO, Champagne Nutrition

Appetizers

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate & Hummus, Edwina Clark, MS, RD (shown above)
California Cheese & Sweet Potato Crostini, Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD, Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Lentil and Walnut Stuffed Zucchini Cups, Melissa Altman-Traub, RD
Sage White Bean Veggie Balls with Pomegranate Mandarin Sauce, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian

Roasted Butternut Squash Harissa Hummus, Jamie Vespa, RD, Dishing Out Health (shown above)
Turkey Veggie Platter, Amy Gorin, MS, RD
Pumpkin Pie Hummus, Erin Cooper, RD, Cashews & Quinoa

Salads

Apple Butter Vinaigrette Winter Kale Salad, Michele Sidorenkov, RD, My Millennial Kitchen (shown above)
Frisée Salad with Apples & Goat Cheese and Maple Vinaigrette, Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, Nourish A La Natalie
Holiday Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate, Kara Lydon, RD, The Foodie Dietitian 
Kale Apple and Pecan Salad, Rebecca Clyde, RD, Nourish Nutrition Blog


Orange Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate and Tangy Turmeric Dressing, Patricia Bannan, MS, RD (shown above)
Roasted Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Cider Dijon Vinaigrette, Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN
Warm Autumn Vegetable Salad, Erin Cooper, RD, Cashews & Quinoa

Soups


Curry Pumpkin Soup, Rebecca Clyde, RD, Nourish Nutrition Blog (shown above)
Sweet Potato Turmeric Soup, Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Hazelnuts, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian

Side Dishes


Balsamic Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Farro , Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian (shown above)
Honeynut Squash Stuffed with Caramelized Onion, Cranberries, Spinach and Bacon, Liz Weiss, MS, RD, Liz’s Healthy Table
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprouts & Cranberries, Kelly Jones, RD

Baked Polenta and Mushroom Casserole, Maggie Farley, MS, RD, Meals with Maggie (shown above)
Cranberry Apple Leek Whole Grain Stuffing, Sharon Palmer, MS, RD, The Plant Powered Dietitian
Creamy Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower, Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD, Mom’s Kitchen Handbook


Lentil Walnut Stuffing, Kelly Jones, RD (shown above)
Rustic Potato and Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin, Rebecca Clyde, RD, Nourish Nutrition Blog
Thanksgiving Stuffed Acorn Squash, Kara Lydon, RDThe Foodie Dietitian


Roasted Butternut Squash with Candied Walnuts and Sage, Jamie Vespa, RD, Dishing Out Health (shown above)
Oat Cranberry Pilaf with Pistachios, Sharon Palmer, MS, RD, The Plant Powered Dietitian
Sweet Potato Casserole, Liz Weiss, MS, RD, Liz’s Healthy Table

Desserts


5-Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Truffles, Maggie Farley, MS, RD, Meals with Maggie (shown above)
Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie, Jenna Braddock, MSH, RDN, CSSD, CPT
Ricotta, Cranberry, and Pear Mini Tarts (gluten-free), Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN