The pressure of cooking for the holidays is huge, especially when you’re trying to follow a healthy lifestyle and aiming to please others. Many people view the holidays as an opportunity to indulge in fatty, sugary foods, but most don’t realize that holiday recipes can be both healthy and delicious. It seems easy to follow the first recipe for twice baked potatoes or sugar cookies that pop up on Google, but it’s actually easier to invest in a healthy holiday cookbook. Imagine, dozens of healthy, delicious recipes all in one place! Here’s a list of some healthy holiday cookbooks we love to give you some inspiration.
1. Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings: Easy Plant-Based Recipes for Your Healthiest Celebrations and Special Occasions by Lindsay S. Nixon
About the author: Lindsay S. Nixon is a vegan chef blogger who has been featured on Dr. Oz, Oprah.com, and in the New York Times.
About the book: Nixon describes her Holiday & Gatherings cookbook as “perfect for planning big meals and celebrations” complete with 14 holiday recipes to make your feast complete, plus dinner party menus, gluten-free, soy-free, quick, and portable recipes.
Why we love it: It’s perfect for your vegan family members, plus Happy Herbivore donates to elephants!
Where to buy it: Amazon
2. The Healthy Hedonist Holidays: A Year of Multi-Cultural, Vegetarian-Friendly Holiday Feasts by Myra Kornfeld
About the author: Myra Kornfeld writes for Vegetarian Times and works as an instructor at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in NYC. She has been featured on the Today show and Martha Stewart Living Radio.
About the book: Publishers Weekly raves, “Kornfeld focuses on holidays reflecting America's multicultural society. For each celebration Kornfeld offers a vegetarian entree, a fish or poultry dish, numerous sides and dessert, all designed to leave us feeling energetic and nourished after the meal as well as delighted during the experience.”
Why we love it: Where else could you find recipes for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and Easter all in one place?
Where to buy it: Amazon
3. 5 in 5 for Every Season: 165 Quick Dinners, Sides, Holiday Dishes, and Moreby Michael Symon and Douglas Trattner
About the author: Michael Symon is a co-host of The Chew and has starred in Iron Chef America and All-Star Academy on the Food Network.
About the book: Each chapter of this book features recipes that follow a simple rule: 5 fresh ingredients + 5 minutes of cooking = quick holiday dinners, sides, and more.
Why we love it: 5 minutes of cooking? Done! Plus, Michael Symon’s huge smile pictured throughout the book doesn’t hurt.