It’s what we do with these foods during the holidays that give them a bad rap.When most people think about the holidays, their minds go straight to food-and all the guilt from indulging that seems destined to go with it. While there are plenty of unhealthy dishes to fill your holiday table with this season, you can still enjoy a festive meal with these six nutrient-rich foods.
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RecipesDish typePies and tartsSavoury pies and tartsCheese pies and tartsYou don& 39;t see that often, a savoury tart or quiche with beetroot. It& 39;s actually delicious. If you prefer it vegetarian, just omit the bacon.1 person made thisIngredientsServes: 4 For the pastry base250g plain flour100g butter or margarine, cubed1 pinch salt90ml waterFor the filling1 leek, sliced thinly50g bacon, cut into fine strips1 tablespoon rapeseed oil350g cooked beetroot, cut into strips250ml milk3 eggs30g grated Parmesan cheeseMethodPrep:30min ›Ready in:30minPreheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
RecipesDish typeCakeCakes with fruitCherry cakeThis is an easy cherry chocolate cake recipe I got from my neighbour. With a bit of cream, it tastes like poetry.4 people made thisIngredientsServes: 12 200g butter180g sugar4 eggs125g ground nuts100g milk chocolate, grated1 teaspoon cinnamon3 tablespoons rum150g flour1 teaspoon baking powder1 tin cherries, drainedMethodPrep:15min ›Cook:1hr ›Extra time:1hr15min › Ready in:2hr30minPreheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4 and grease a springform cake tin.
RecipesDish typeStartersBruschetta is a wonderful Italian starter and takes only a minute to prepare. With in-season, sun-ripened tomatoes, the bruschetta goes down a treat!65 people made thisIngredientsServes: 4 8 slices ciabatta1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, maybe more for drizzling2 garlic cloves4 medium tomatoes, diced20 fresh basil leaves12 black olives, pitted and halvedsalt and ground black pepper to tasteMethodPrep:10min ›Cook:10hr ›Ready in:10hr10minPreheat the grill.
RecipesDish typeBreadBread machineThis recipe is for the bread machine. It is similar to my gran& 39;s homemade sweet bread.Recipe by:Jennifer Houde491 people made thisIngredientsServes: 12 225ml (8 fl oz) semi-skimmed milk1 egg, beaten30g (1 oz) butter50g (2 oz) caster sugar3/4 teaspoon salt400g (14 oz) bread flour2 1/2 teaspoons dried active baking yeastMethodPrep:5min ›Cook:3hr ›Ready in:3hr5minAdd ingredients to the pan of your bread machine in order suggested by its manufacturer.
RecipesDish typePies and tartsQuicheCourgette quicheThis quiche should be eaten within a day, while the pastry is nice and crisp. Whichever you choose, it& 39;s delicious. I saved my recipe years ago on my computer because I am so often asked how to cook it, and now I& 39;m telling the entire world!28 people made thisIngredientsServes: 8 Pastry2 teaspoons dried active baking yeast1/2 teaspoon sugar125ml warm water3 tablespoons olive oil1 egg, beaten1/4 teaspoon salt250g plain flourFilling1 large yellow or green courgette2 tablespoons olive oil1 tablespoon herbes de Provence3 eggs250g feta cheese (preferably goat feta), crumbled finelyfreshly ground black pepperMethodPrep:30min ›Cook:50min ›Ready in:1hr20minFor the pastry, dissolve yeast and sugar in the water and let stand for 10 minutes until it begins to foam.
RecipesDish typePancakesSavoury pancakesThese lovely pancakes are made with courgette then stuffed with a savoury filling of feta cheese and red peppers. This makes a quick, healthy midweek meal, especially for those wanting to go meatfree a few times a week.98 people made thisIngredientsServes: 3 200g courgette, grated and pressed3 eggs5 tablespoons flour1 bunch parsley, finely chopped1 stem of mint, finely choppedsalt6 tablespoons oil for fryingFor the filling1 large red pepper, diced2 tablespoons oil100g feta cheese, diced1 stem of mint, choppedsalt and pepper (optional)MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:25min ›Ready in:35minFor the batter, beat the eggs, flour, parsley, mint, salt and courgette in a bowl.
RecipesDish typeSoupVegetable soup Tomato soupEasy tomato soupThis is my standard recipe for tomato soup. I don& 39;t go mad with the cream, but you& 39;re free to do what you like with it. It can also be served with parmesan.112 people made thisIngredientsServes: 4 2 tablespoons olive oil2 onions, chopped coarsely6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped1 tablespoon oregano2 bay leaves3 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tablespoon dried thyme)1 tablespoon dried basilsalt and black pepper to tastesugar to taste2 (400g) tins peeled tomatoes1-2 tablespoons tomato puree (optional)500ml chicken stock150ml cream or milkMethodPrep:20min ›Cook:1hr ›Ready in:1hr20minHeat olive oil in a pan and lightly fry the onions over a medium heat for about 15 minutes until soft.
RecipesDish typeDessertFruit dessertsCompoteAlways use unblemished cherries and leave to infuse in the jars for a couple of weeks before consumption. The cherries taste great with any dessert or ice cream.14 people made thisIngredientsServes: 20 2L red wine400g sugar2kg cherries1 cinnamon stickcloves, wholeSterile jarsMethodPrep:15min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:25minHeat the red wine in a saucepan (do not boil).
RecipesDish typeCakeCelebration cakesBirthday cakeKids& 39; birthday cakesThese chocolate muffins are baked with pieces of milky Kinder Chocolate bars. For my children& 39;s birthdays I decorate them with melted Kinder Chocolate and chocolate buttons, but they taste heavenly even without icing.62 people made thisIngredientsServes: 12 125g butter125g sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 eggs300 g flour2 level teaspoons baking powder1 pinch salt150ml milk100g Kinder Chocolate, cut into small piecesFor the icing (optional)50-100g Kinder chocolateSmarties or chocolate buttons as a decorationMethodPrep:15min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:35minPreheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
RecipesDish typeSide dishVegetable side dishesThis is an easy and delicious side dish that goes terrifically well with your favourite roasts, pies, stews, etc. Top with other chopped herbs to change the recipe a bit!25 people made thisIngredientsServes: 2 30g butter1 teaspoon sugar60ml watersalt300g carrots, peeled and cut into thick slicesfinely chopped fresh parsley to garnishMethodPrep:5min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:25minMelt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat.
RecipesDish typeCakeMini cakesMuffinsFruit muffinsLemon muffinsLemon muffins are one of my favourite kinds of muffin! They taste wonderfully lemony and I find the raspberry makes them lovely and sweet too. Perfect for when raspberries are in season.8 people made thisIngredientsServes: 13 zest of 2 large lemons (about 4 teaspoons)2 teaspoons vanilla extract250g plain flour2 teaspoons baking powder1 pinch of salt125g soft butter200g caster sugar1 large egg250ml buttermilk14 raspberriesMethodPrep:15min ›Cook:25min ›Ready in:40minAdd the grated lemon zest and 1 teaspoon vanilla to a small bowl, mix and stand for a few minutes.
RecipesDish typeDessertFruit dessertsCherry dessertsI requested an ice cream maker for Father& 39;s Day and now I& 39;m just experimenting - much to the delight of my family. This cherry ice cream went down very well - the balsamic vinegar is the secret ingredient.54 people made thisIngredientsServes: 6 500g cherries, stones removed, quartered3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar200g sugar, divided250ml milk500ml cream1 teaspoon vanilla extractMethodPrep:2hr30min ›Extra time:2hr freezing › Ready in:4hr30minMix cherries, lemon juice, 100g of the sugar and vinegar in a small bowl and leave to infuse for 2 hours.
RecipesDiet & lifestyleVegetarianVegetarian mealsKafteji is something of a Tunisian poor man& 39;s food: various vegetables are fried separately and then fried with beaten egg and chopped up together with a large knife. One eats it as a baguette filling.23 people made thisIngredientsServes: 6 5 large potatoesplenty of olive oil1 green pepper5 onions1 tablespoon Ras el hanout500g pumpkin, peeled and seeds removed3 eggssalt and freshly ground black pepper to tasteMethodPrep:30min ›Cook:40min ›Ready in:1hr10minPeel potatoes and cut into 5cm cubes.
RecipesDish typeBreakfastTreat yourself to this strawberry, banana and chocolate yoghurt shake.114 people made thisIngredientsServes: 2 2 bananas, sliced and frozen75g (3 oz) frozen strawberries2 tablespoons chocolate sauce225g (8 oz) low fat natural yoghurtMethodPrep:2min ›Ready in:2minIn a blender combine all ingredients.
RecipesDish typeCakeCakes with fruitPeach cakeThere& 39;s hardly any butter in this amazingly fast cake and it still tastes great. You can decorate the cake with a sprinkling of icing sugar before serving.29 people made thisIngredientsServes: 8 215g plain flour1 pinch of salt150g sugar115ml vegetable oil2 tablespoons milka few drops of natural almond extract5 peaches, halved and stones removed2 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar30g butterMethodPrep:15min ›Cook:25min ›Ready in:40minPreheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7.
RecipesDish typeDessertFruit dessertsBerry dessertsRaspberry dessertsI think panna cotta has to be served with fruit and as fresh berries are so expensive, especially during the winter, I& 39;ve invented this version with raspberry jam. Panna cotta needs to be left to cool for about 2 hours in the refrigerator.
RecipesDish typeCakeCakes with fruitBerry cakeStrawberry cakeA very quick and delicious strawberry swiss roll - sponge cake, whipped cream and strawberries, a delightfully light and classic combination. You can use other fruits instead of strawberries when strawberries aren& 39;t in season.71 people made thisIngredientsServes: 12 For the sponge4 egg yolks110g sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract4 egg whites25g icing sugar75g flour1/2 teaspoon baking powdersugar for rollingFor the filling200g whipping cream1 teaspoon vanilla extract500g strawberries, choppedMethodPrep:20min ›Cook:15min ›Ready in:35minLine a baking tray with baking parchment.
RecipesIngredientsPastaPasta typesSpaghettiA tried and true puttanesca recipe. This is a quick pasta dish from Naples with a very & 39;saucy& 39; history. I could live on the stuff myself!6 people made thisIngredientsServes: 4 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided1 onion, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, finely chopped4 anchovy fillets, finely chopped1 small chilli, finely chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes)2 teaspoons capers, rinsed and dried8 black olives, pitted and chopped1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes1/2 teaspoon saltfreshly ground black epper1 tablespoon parsley, chopped200g spaghettiMethodPrep:15min ›Cook:25min ›Ready in:40minHeat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over a medium-high heat.
RecipesDish typeDrinkIced teaThis classic Thai iced tea recipe is very simple to make at home, and nothing compares on a warm summer day. Great to serve at a Thai-themed barbecue party with your favourite satay recipe.6 people made thisIngredientsServes: 1 2 tablespoons Thai black tea powder350ml water50ml condensed sweetened milk (more or less to taste)MethodPrep:1min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:11minBoil the water in a pan.
RecipesDish typeBiscuits and cookiesCookiesChocolate chip cookiesIf you like your cookies soft but not floury, these are for you. Try using M&Ms, Smarties, chopped white chocolate, etc. Note that they firm well when cooled, so if you like soft cookies you may want to take them out of the oven a tad on the early side.