Here are 12 of the Best Clean Eating holiday recipes – the most amazing recipes for Christmas dinner and Christmas parties you will ever find! Christmas time is coming upon us. We had a little snow this week! Yuck! For those of you who don’t understand why I say, yuck. Let me just say that after living with the cold, wet, slippery stuff for around 40 years, it gets old real fast.
It’s time to start thinking about what you want to eat for those Christmas parties you are hosting. Maybe you are even thinking about what you want to eat for Christmas dinner. That’s where I’m trying to be helpful. You can find some of the best recipes for Christmas right here and they are all definitely Clean Eating.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, I think most people want the traditional turkey, dressing, cranberries, rolls, and pie for dinner. When it comes to Christmas dinner I think the scope of what most people eat is wide open. Some people still have the good old turkey, dressing, pies, etc., (that’s how my mother grew up and pretty much how I grew up with a few variations).
I tried to include Clean Eating Christmas recipes for as many different menu items that I could think of that I thought you might want for a great Christmas dinner. I include recipes for a rack of lamb, smoked ham and beef tenderloin and prime rib.
I hope you have a great time preparing for Christmas this year and I hope you have fun trying out some of these great clean eating Christmas recipes. Enjoy! Yes, Christmas does help us enjoy Joy.
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Clean Eating Holiday Recipes
1. Smoked Rack of Lamb – Noshing with the Nolands
Rack of Lamb – Fresh Lemon Juice – Olive Oil – Dijon Mustard – Rosemary – Garlic – Garlic Powder – Onion Powder – Cayenne Pepper – Oregano – Mint – Basil – Rosemary – Parsley
Make this is a process but it’s actually a pretty easy process. Here’s how it works, make the marinade, wait. Make a rub paste, rub it on. Grill it. It’s not that hard folks and it is definitely worth it. It’s especially easy to get it cooked just the right amount with a smoker, which you need. You just have to wait for it to get to the right temperature and Bam! You’re done! My husband uses his smoker year round even in the winter.
2. Homemade Smoked Ham – The Healthy Foodie
Boneless Pork Butt – Pickling Salt – Coconut Sugar – Curing Salt – Pickling Spice – Juniper Berries – Cinnamon Stick – Whole Nutmeg – Whole Cloves – Whole Star Anise
This is definitely a process too but it mostly just a whole lot of doing whatever else needs to be done while you’re waiting. This is kind of how it works, make a brine, let it cool, leave pork butt in brine for 14 days. Remove pork from brine, rinse met in hot water bath, soak wood chips, make wood chip pouches. Put the met and wood chips on the grill or smoker, wait, change pouch, wait, you get the idea. You do that for 6 hours. That’s it. Hey, it’s definitely worth it and what the heck, it’s for Christmas.
3. Roasted Beef Tenderloin – Half Baked Harvest
Whole Beef Tenderloin – Dijon Mustard – Peppercorns – Kosher Salt – Cremini Mushrooms – Olive Oil – Butter – White Wine or Chicken Broth – Fresh Thyme – Heavy Cream – Grated Parmesan
This is so easy to make and it tastes just amazing. It’s made in one skillet so clean up is easy and it’s ready in an hour or less. Tieghan considers this a very special treat that she makes every year for her family for Christmas dinner. She says it’s melt in the mouth tender.
4. Prime Rib – One Good Thing
Bone-in Ribeye Roast – Onion Salt – Seasoned Salt – Garlic Powder – Au Jus Mix – Heavy Cream – White Pepper – Horseradish
Don’t be afraid of trying this, it’s been tested time and again and is pretty much foolproof. I agree that it could be a pretty expensive experiment, but don’t be afraid of it. It’s sure to be a real crowd pleaser. The horseradish sauce is awesome too.
5. Cheesy Potatoes with Real Potatoes with Optional Crunchy Topping – My Natural Family
Potatoes – Chicken Stock – Milk – Real Salt – Garlic Powder – Onion Powder – Real Salt – Cornstarch – Butter – Onion – Red & Green Bell Pepper – Sour Cream – Cheddar Cheese – Parmesan Cheese
These cheesy potatoes are made with real potatoes. Where I live they are known as funeral potatoes. That’s because whenever there is a funeral all the neighbors get together and make a meal for the family after the funeral. We serve these potatoes because they are easy to make ahead of time and cook just before the meal. Another reason is that they go really well with baked ham and we often serve baked ham for the funeral also. Truth be known at our house growing up we ate them for a lot of different special occasions, especially when we had ham. Ham and cheesy potatoes were my brother’s favorite meal so we had it quite often, usually on a Sunday afternoon. That’s because Mom had more time to cook on Sundays so she made nicer meals then.
6. Clean Eating Kale Salad Recipe with Maple Almond Dressing – My Natural Family
Coconut Oil – Onion – Sweet Potatoes – Goat Cheese – Kale – Pomegranate Seeds – Walnuts – Almond Butter – Maple Syrup – Lemon – Garlic
This salad is perfect for either Christmas time or fall, maybe even Thanksgiving. It is easy enough for a weeknight meal and nice enough for a large gathering. Sometimes I just add some cooked chicken breast to turn into a complete salad main dish meal. Either way, it’s hearty and filling and so colorful. You have to admit that it’s really pretty.
7. Homemade Cranberry Sauce – The Gracious Pantry
Fresh Cranberries – Honey – Cinnamon Stick – Orange
This homemade cranberry sauce tastes so much better than the store bought sauce that has refined sugar. It’s also really easy to make. It’s all made in one dish. You can’t ask for anything more than that in a recipe, ease, and taste.
8. Maple Roasted Acorn Squash with Apples and Peans – Eat Healthy Eat Happy
Acorn Squash – Oil – Coconut Sugar – Cinnamon – Maple Syrup – Apples – Pecans
These apples and pecans with maple roasted acorn squash are rich, sweet and made with whole ingredients which are healthy and delicious. It’s super easy to make and it looks nice, now that’s what I call, perfect for a holiday dinner.
9. Oven Roasted Garlic Lemon Parmesan Green Beans Recipe -My Natural Family
Green Beans – Coconut Oil – Garlic Powder – Real Salt – Lemon – Parmesan Cheese
I love roasted vegetables and I especially love these roasted green beans with the Parmesan cheese and lemon on them. This is the only way I’ll easy green beans again. Well, maybe unless I don’t have a choice, like if I’m in the hospital and starving to death. They are so easy to make and I think they pretty too. They are easy enough to make for a weeknight meal or nice enough for a special occasion like Thanksgiving or Christmas.
10. Cranberry Macadamia Nut Clean Eating Cookies – The Gracious Pantry
Quinoa Flour – Dried Cranberries – Macadamia Nuts – Butter – Coconut Palm Sugar – Oat Flour – Baking Soda – Real Salt – Egg – Vanilla
I love those macadamia nut cookies with white chocolate that they sell at Costco. So I decided to make a somewhat similar copycat recipe, but a much healthier version. This is what I came up with and my family is so happy about I did.
11. Peanut Butter Chocolate Freezer Fudge – My Natural Family
Bananas – Dark Chocolate Chips – Natural Peanut Butter – Coconut Cream
You can’t get much easier than this. Seriously, there are only 4 ingredients in the fudge and most of the work is done by the food processor and the freezer. The ingredients are all healthy but it’s still creamy and rich and everyone will eat it up real quick. Don’t be so skeptical, give it a try, I don’t think you’ll be sorry.
12. Raw Chocolate Pomegranate Bark – Naked Cuisine
Raw Cacao Paste – Honey – Coconut Oil – Pomegranate
I think pomegranates are really fun to eat. I love the burst of flavor you get when you bite into one of those little juicy berries with the crunchy seed inside. The flavor of fresh pomegranate seed and dark chocolate in the same bite tastes like a divine luxury to me.