Medically reviewed by Shahzadi Devje, Registered Dietitian (RD) & Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
There's no doubt, the festive holiday season is a hectic time. Between gift shopping, holiday concerts and celebratory get-togethers, 'tis the season for hustle and bustle. But meal planning doesn’t have to take a back seat - just because you're pressed for time. If you want to stay on top of your game, and on the look-out for easy and delicious holiday menu ideas - this post is for you!
Try serving one of my favourite Christmas recipes: homemade filo cups, the best ever dessert bites and a holiday platter that will seriously wow your guests. You know, what makes these dishes even more impressive? They're ridiculously simple to pull off, and brimming with plant powered goodness.
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Holiday Menu Ideas - With Recipes
Feast your eyes on this beautiful and easy plant based holiday platter, which I'm convinced will steal the show. With an assortment of fruits and vegetables – centred around a bowl of creamy and delicious Cranberry and Roasted Beet Hummus – super healthy and perfect as your holiday centrepiece. Get the recipe here.
One of my favourite party tricks is filo cups! These elegant cranberry and apple cups are a cinch to make and perfect for entertaining. Made with layers of crispy phyllo pastry, and filled with a tangy apple and cranberry salsa your guests will love. Get the recipe here.
There will be plenty of time to play with the kids if you make this one! It has all the holiday flavours you crave; cranberries, Brussels sprouts and fresh thyme. I wouldn't be surprised if it makes its way into your regular dinner rotation. It's simple yet sophisticated, and full of flavour and natural sweetness! if you're not a Brussels sprouts fan, this recipe will change your mind...for sure! Get the recipe here.
You're going to be balled over with this one! We're combining all your favourite items to create one heck of a sweet recipe. The best part, four nourishing ingredients, that pack a nutritional punch. And you can make these ahead of time (even better!). What can I say, you just can’t beat convenient no-fuss recipes, that taste mmm, mmm delish. Get the recipe here.
What are some of your favourite holiday meal ideas?
Do you have any time-saving tips you swear by?
How will you be celebrating? Leave me a comment below!
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Shahzadi is an award-winning registered dietitian (RD) regulated by the College of Dietitians of Ontario and certified diabetes educator (CDE), approved by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. A YouTuber and notorious foodie, she's dedicated to helping you end your cooking wars, transform your health, and be the best version of yourself! Shahzadi is an on-air nutrition expert for CTV Your Morning and a regular contributor for Global News and other national media outlets.