Make Holiday Cooking Quick and Easy


Need an easy-to-make but healthy holiday menu recipe? How do you make a quick, easy and healthy holiday menu?

Here are some ideas.

Healthy eating for the Holidays can be a challenge

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I celebrate with my husband and son.

My son and I cook and prep most of the meal the day before so that on Thanksgiving all we have to do is put things in the oven and enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade with a coconut milk latte and a mimosa.

I love cranberry sauce, but not the canned jelly kind of my childhood. You know what I’m talking about. It comes out in the shape of a tube with the can rings. Well, here is my cranberry relish recipe that I make every year for Thanksgiving. It’s really more like a chutney as it’s a bit tart. I suggest you make it a day in advance as it sets up nicely overnight in the fridge.

Below are my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. I suggest keeping it simple and just serve your absolute favorites.

Quick, Easy and Healthy Holiday Menu

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Mushroom Gravy

(This is from my sister-in-law, Anne. I’ve modified the recipe a bit and made it gluten-free)

Saute 2 medium, chopped onions in olive oil or butter. Add 1 lb. of chopped mushrooms. Use whatever mushrooms you love. Cook until mushrooms reduce and most of the liquid is gone.

Add 3/4 cup of sherry or wine of your choice, 3 cups of veggie broth, 1 1/2 tablespoons of Tarragon, 1 tablespoon of Tamari, and 1 teaspoon of Rosemary. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes to get all the flavors incorporated. I actually make this a day ahead and put in the fridge overnight. If you do this, just put on the stove to reheat and serve.

Use an immersion blender to chop up the mushrooms and onions. You want to leave some chunks.

Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup of brown rice flour and 1/4 cup nutritional yeast. The yeast is optional, but I love the flavor it gives. Lastly, stir in 1-2 tablespoons of miso.

Continue to heat on low, stirring until thickened. If it’s not thick enough for you, add some more flour, too thin, more broth.

Green Bean Salad

Steam your green beans to desired tenderness. I like them slightly crunchy. Toss them in a bowl with 1 cup chopped walnuts, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon, and salt and pepper.

Cranberry Chutney

(I like to make this a day in advance)

  • 3/4 cup “sugar” (Raw, coconut, honey, or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 bags organic cranberries
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • juice and grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup dried currants
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or arrowroot mixed in 1/4 cup water

In a medium saucepan combine sugar and wine. Bring to boil and reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered for 5 minutes.

Add all the remaining ingredients except the currants. Cook until cranberries have popped, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in arrowroot/water and currants. Let cool and then place in a glass container and refrigerate overnight.

Pumpkin Corn Bread

This is from my favorite cookbook, Nourishing Meals. It’s so good I have not altered the recipe one bit. Make sure you use organic cornmeal as anything else is GMO.

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Oil 8×8 baking pan.

Whisk together:

  • 1 1/2 cups of organic cornmeal
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cups brown rice flour or almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

In another bowl, whisk together:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup milk (almond, coconut, or anything you like)
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or butter
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1/3 cup honey

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and pour into baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool before serving.

If you need help with any of this, I’m here to support and guide you. Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving. Donna

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