Healthy festive cooking for large family gatherings
‘It is the season to be jolly la la la la la la la!’ Most shopping malls have already started playing the jingles and so have the DJs on the airwaves. The air is festive. It’s hard to not feel it. It’s hard to stay on the outside lines because most of us have families. And when families get together over the festive season, there will be lots of eating.
You might find yourself as the host or co – host of large family gatherings this season. If not, you might be helping the host. It’s a time to be happy so come January, you don’t want to look back at this precious time with family and frown because the image you see in the mirror is a not-so-good one. You’ve got to keep that healthy lifestyle you’ve maintained throughout the year!
Easy dishes that can be cooked in less time yet are still healthy are the options to take.
Mushroom and pepper frittata – you’ve got your veggies and eggs for protein, vitamins and other trace elements and it’s filling.
Goat cheese, smoked ham and artichoke casserole – cooked in the oven whilst you enjoy chatting to the family and less calories than most fried breakfasts.
Herbed, truffled or spiced air popped popcorn – it’s tasty, there’s no use of salt and can be done in minutes.
Whole grain pita chips and hummus – less carbs and if you do make the hummus yourself, less extra virgin olive oil and use a bit of water.
Fruit salads – says it all. Natural sugars, yummy, extremely good for your whole body and how long can washing and cutting fruits take?
Wine and tomato braised chicken – skinless chicken means less cholesterol for your body. Wine instead of oil equals less fat for you and your family. You can substitute the chicken with any protein of choice.
Asian chicken inspired soup – using the chicken leftovers, light on the stomach and gives your digestive system a break from the heavy eating.
A toast to eating well and enjoying the festive season!