If a guilt-free feast is on your wish list this holiday, we've got flavorful recipes — roasted chicken, heart-healthy pasta dishes, and salads — to make your menu worthy of the big day. (And since you're on the nice list for dinner that means you can be on the naughty list for dessert, right? Here's all the convincing you need.)
Beets and cucumbers are great and all, but mozzarella is the real winner here.
Celebrate Christmas with Italian flair. Lighten things up by making your own "bolognese sauce" with lentils, lean beef, and tomatoes.
Enjoy all of the season's finest fruits and veggies on one plate.
Load up on greens — the trendy kind — with this zesty avocado salad paired with homemade granola instead of croutons.
All we want for Christmas are potatoes (and then more potatoes).
Once the laughing stock of greens, brussels sprouts are now one of the most beloved veggies out there. Watch this video to learn how to make the ultimate crispy sprouts.
Because it's time you put your (a.k.a. last year's gift) to use.
Not a fan of ham, chicken, or pork? Roast some salmon for your fish-loving family and friends.
Whatever you do, don't forget the blue cheese!
Sweet potatoes become the P.I.C. (potato of choice) once the holiday season hits. Watch this video to learn five simple ways to spruce up your spuds.
You can't go wrong with a roast chicken as your holiday main, especially when it's marinated with garlicky lemon goodness.
Get your green fix with this quick and easy sauté.
This salad is basically every Christmas side thrown into one dish — so that means we can eat more, right?
Throw in some olives and raisins to up the crunch (and chew!) factor.
When in doubt, throw everything on a pan and let it bake. Now, that's a Christmas miracle.
If your dinner guests have a love for spicy foods, then this pork and potato dish will do the trick.
This nutrient-rich salad has everything but the kitchen sink — seriously.
If you're feeling extra fancy this year, try making your own pesto.
Infused with nutty and salty flavors, this chicken dish is going to be on rotation even after the New Year.
If you're looking to liven up your Christmas dinner, try these tangy greens.
These colorful glazed carrots are almost too beautiful to eat. That is, until you get a whiff of their sweetness.
Chickpeas and kale give this classic pasta dish extra nutrients (and flavor!).
You just finished making your house clean and tidy, so why would you want to add a pile of dirty pots and pans to the mix? Exactly.