Top 3 Xmas Delicacies made Healthier

By Nutritionist Neha | December 25, 2018

Christmas is just around the corner and so is the time for some delicious, decadent foods too! But we understand that if you are on a diet or are watching your weight during the festivities having these traditional recipes could put stress on your diet regime in a big way

Fret not though, because here we have our top 3 Xmas delicacies that have been made in a healthier manner so as to make sure that the post-indulgence guilt does not weigh you down.

  1. Gingerbread Cookies:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup atta/whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of allspice powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter or coconut oil (kept in room temperature)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature or 1/2 tsp baking soda + milk, to make the consistency better
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (60mL) molasses or brown sugar or you can add your choice of sweetener
  • For the icing (optional)
  • 10 tsp stevia
  • 2 tbsp nonfat milk

Method:

  • Whisk the dry and wet ingredients together, in separate bowls.
  • Now stir in the dry ingredients into the wet ones.
  • Keep stirring/mixing until the mixture forms a dough.
  • Now wrap this dough in a plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 180 degree
  • Take out the cookie dough and roll it out while it is between the plastic sheet. Make sure that you roll it till it is atleast 1/6thof an inch thick
  • Cut out shapes using your gingerbread man cookie mould. When there is dough remaining, roll it out again and cut out more cookies.
  • Bake for not more than 15 minutes and take them out to cool.
  • Once cool, mix the ingredients for the icing in a bowl and then pipe it over the cookies
  1. Lemon Garlic herb roast potato:

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Ingredients:

  • Baby Potatoes 500 grams
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon mixed herb seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt, or to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste

For the lemon herb mix:

  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Zest of 1/2 a Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon minced mixed herbs
  • Salt/Pepper, to taste

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degree celsius
  • Make slits in the potatoes but be careful to not cut all the way through
  • Now mix the potatoes and all the other ingredients together in a large bowl (except for the ingredients for the lemon herb mix)
  • Line your baking tray with a sheet and place the potatoes with the cut side up onto the tray.
  • Roast the potatoes for 20 – 30 minutes
  • Take them out of the oven and brush them with the combined lemon herb mix and pop them back in the oven.
  • Take them out once they are cooked all the way through and drizzle them with the remaining lemon herb mix and serve hot!
  1. Pumpkin and lentil stew

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Ingredients:

  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 tbsp. finely chopped and peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground  cardamom
  • 1 small pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into 1 1/2″ chunks
  • 1 cup lentils of your choice, picked over
  • 6 cups of vegetable broth
  • 3 cups of spinach
  • 1 tbsp. cider vinegar

Method:

  • Cook the onions and ginger on medium heat in a cooker till they turn golden.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients except for the vinegar and pressure cook for 12 minutes on medium heat.
  • Once done, stir in the vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Blend if you want a smooth consistency

Comfort food is the name of the game during the holidays, and when comfort food is made healthy, well, nothing is better is there?

Author: Nutritionist Neha

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