Healthier Holiday Recipes

Healthier Holiday Recipes / @loveandlemons

I don’t know how it happened. Just yesterday it was July and here we are, it’s almost Christmas. In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d share a few healthy-but-not-too-healthy recipe ideas. These are some cheery favorites, organized into 3 simple menus for various types of holiday gatherings:

Party Food (pictured above):
Vegan Kale & Artichoke Dip 

Minty Pomegranate Spritzer (my go-to holiday cocktail!)
Curried Avocado Chickpea Salad Sliders
Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark

Healthier Holiday Recipes /

A Cozy Christmas Morning:
Strawberry Vegan Waffles
Mini Spinach & Sun dried Tomato Frittatas
Apple Mimosas
Almond Milk Chai Lattes

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Dinner Party:
Ginger Kombucha Cocktails
Minty Millet Pomegranate Salad
Sweet Potato Vegan Alfredo
Tart Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits


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  1. I can vouch for that sweet potato alfredo. I’ve made it several times and it’s so delicious. Definitely need to add the almond milk chai latte to our holiday menu too! Thanks for sharing some great meal ideas for the holidays!

  2. those pomegranate spritzers are stunning!!

  3. Lovin’ this Tart Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits! Thank you for sharing these healthy-but-not-too-healthy recipes. Lol. My kids will definitely love these.

  4. Gabby from

    Just added you to my favourite bloggers bookmark!

    Love these healthy Christmas recipes it’s exactly what I was searching for! Looking forward to trying the cranberry chocolate bark 🙂

    Thanks for sharing,

    Gabby xo

  5. Anina

    All the spread is divine, thanks for sharing… 🙂

  6. Maddie from

    WOW! All of these recipes look fantastic, and I cannot wait to get my holiday baking game on!

  7. Kenzie from

    Love this, thank you for sharing!

  8. Those mini fritatas are adorable and I’m coveting those pans! With my family they’d want to customize their own, so the mini pans are a brilliant idea!! x

    • jeanine

      ooh, I love the idea of a “customize your own” frittata! 🙂

  9. Ella Pinto from

    Holy shit, I’m suddenly hungry even though I just had lunch a few hours ago.
    Anyway, I find it incredible that are people out there (like you) who take the time of day to actually search and make healthier versions of foods that most people eat / want to eat.

    I’ve recently (about a year ago, do I consider that ‘recently’?) I changed my diet, and the way I see my body and what I put into it. We are what we eat, right?

    I like cooking, but I’m not the best cooker, so thank you for providing recepies that aren’t so damn hard to make (also, living in Portugal – I can’t find most products that people use.)

    I’m really curious to make the Tart Cheesecake Parfaits the dip and the salad sliders. They look delicious. My gran isn’t into the whole healthy eating type of thing but even she thinks these look delicious. So once again, thank you!

    • jeanine

      Ha! Well, these are the foods that I like to eat – healthy (for the most part!), while also delicious. Let me know if you and your gran enjoy the recipes 🙂 xoxo

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We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.