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Guilt-Free Indulgence: Health-Conscious Christmas Recipes for a Wholesome Celebration

Wednesday 06 December, 2023

Celebrations ahead but worried about staying in shape and healthy this holiday season? We are here with a special guide so you can indulge in the spirit of the season without compromising your well-being. From desserts to main courses, these recipes are sure to empower you to make conscious choices while fostering a sense of well-being and vitality this festive season. Here are four guilt-free, health-conscious Christmas recipes for a wholesome celebration. You can find all the ingredients at the perfect one stop centre, Kiaora Place.

Roasted Vegetable Medley

This is one dish that is sure to be a hit on the table during dinner.

Grab vegetables that will cook gorgeously in the oven like colourful peppers, brussel sprouts, carrots, parsnips and potatoes (remember to pre-boil the potatoes before roasting to cut cooking time and avoid overcooking the rest of your vegetables).

Dump everything in a mixing bowl and douse with olive oil and herbs: rosemary, salt and pepper for the simplest dish, but elevate it with seasonings like sweet paprika, garlic granules or even chicken salt.

Now, pour it out on a sheet pan and roast it in the oven at 180º Celsius for 15 minutes.

Just like that you have a healthy, tasty, roasted vegetable dish that’s perfect for the hectic holiday season with minimal effort.

Don’t forget to grab fresh bread from Bake Bar, Kiaora Place to dip in the decadent gravy leftover from the dish because we know this will be the highlight of the family dinner.

Christmas Ham Dinner

A simple dinner with carved ham accompanied with roasted broccoli, potatoes and orange jam is not only simple but cuts your cooking time in half because 1888 Certified is here to ease your festive prep. 1888 Certified invites you to enjoy delicacies without the fuss with their special cheese and porchetta hamper available to order this Christmas. Impress your friends with a healthy protein packed dinner with cuts from the best boutique butcher in Australia - because the festive season is for celebrating with friends and not slogging away in the kitchen.

Baked Salmon with Lemon and Dill

This dish is sure to hit the spot this holiday season because a break from meat can also be a little healthier.

Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is packed with all the nutritious goodness and is so easy to cook. This six-item recipe is sure to impress your friends and family when you gather around for the holiday season. All you need is salmon fillets, lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped fresh dill, salt and pepper and olive oil.

Preheat your oven to 190º Celsius and while it gets going, marinate your salmon in a bowl with a mix of fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped fresh dill, salt and pepper for about 15 to 20 minutes for a full blast of flavour.

Brush your baking dish with olive oil and transfer the marinated salmon to the dish, skin side down.

Whack that into the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, garnish the fish with a lemon wedge and maybe serve up with those roasted vegetables you made too. Grab the ingredients at Woolworths so you and your family can enjoy a healthy dish loaded with love and nutrients over the holiday season.

Spiced Apple Cider Spritzer

A bright and refreshing addition to Christmas and what better way to combine apples and cinnamon because these flavours are a match made in heaven.

All you need are simple pantry ingredients like unsweetened apple cider, sparkling water, ground cinnamon, and ice cubes.

Chill the apple cider and sparkling water and in a large pitcher, combine these two and adjust the ratio to your preference. If you like it less sweet, just add in more sparkling water. Stir in half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and allow it to infuse the drink.

Now grab your gorgeous Christmas serving glasses, add ice cubes and pour in your potion of deliciousness. Garnish it with apple slices and cinnamon sticks or just drink it straight because you and your guests will be sipping on this yummy drink all night. Pick up organic spices from Goodfoodz at Kiaora Place and enjoy the sparkly drinks with friends and family this festive season.