Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa? No matter what holiday defines the holiday season for you, here’s a list of some healthy, yet festive, breakfasts, side dishes, and soups to make around the holidays. Not only do they offer a welcome break from the traditional, heavy, indulgent dishes so ubiquitous around this time of year, but they are also delicious and interesting in and of themselves, made at any time of the year. Whatever special holiday you celebrate, this a great time of year to get together with family and friends over a shared meal!
1. Jerusalem Artichokes with Beluga Lentils, Kale and Harissa: Earthy roasted Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes, are wonderfully creamy and nutty when caramelized. Paired with garlicky sautéed kale, beluga lentils, and spicy harissa, this side dish is sure to impress and would be a great vegan entrée item, too (via My New Roots).
2. Fresh Horseradish Relish with Apples and Cranberries: Horseradish is a very traditional Hanukkah ingredient and apples and cranberries make it just the slightest bit sweet and tart, too. Use it as an accompaniment to all sorts of creamy or rich dishes, including potato latkes, like the recipe below (via Food & Wine)!
3. Easy Potato and Root Vegetable Latkes: Make this typical Hanukkah side dish, mixing it up with the addition of any variety of root vegetables you have on hand (carrots, parsnips, and beets all work well)! This dish is traditionally served with applesauce and sour cream, but if you’re looking to make a vegan version of the dish, try it with the above-mentioned horseradish-apple relish and vegan sour cream (via Martha Stewart)!
4. Gingerbread Granola: Want a breakfast item that is easy to make ahead, satisfying, yet light, and perfectly festive for the season? Make this crunchy, toasty, spiced granola, topped with our almond milk, Pearl!) (via Minimalist Baker).
5. Vegetarian Southern-Style Collard Greens: This comforting, heart green dish is lightly spicy, thanks to the addition of crushed red pepper flake, and slightly aromatic, thanks to a base of sautéed garlic and onions. It would make a welcome addition to any holiday spread (via Food Network).
6. Butternut Pecan Sweet Potato Mash: Want a twist on a classic sweet potato casserole? Forget about the uber-sweet mashed sweet potatoes, loaded with brown sugar and topped with marshmallows, and try this more savory, nutty version with the addition of butternut squash, instead (via Minimalist Baker)!
7. Ginger-Turmeric Carrot Soup: Make this wonderful anti-inflammatory soup, inspired by our juice, Autumn! Creamy, refreshingly spiced, and slightly sweet from the carrots, this soup is the epitome of comforting and delicious. Add a splash of our juice, Autumn, into this recipe for an added zing, as well as a nutritional boost (via Gourmande in the Kitchen)!