In November, many of our clients actually enjoyed some of the Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes we shared, so we're doing it again! Below are some Healthy Christmas Recipes that you may enjoy.  Keep in mind that I have actually tried some of them, but not all of them.  However, I do plan on giving some of these a whirl! As the previous post we did for Thanksgiving, many of these recipes come from one of our favorite Primal activists -- Mark's Daily Apple.

Main Entree

Crispy Roasted Duck With Holiday Seasonings & Sauces - I'm a huge fan of duck.  But, to get one of these, you need to either be an upland hunter, or know a good butcher or meat shop (no pun intended).  When prepared right, the rich flavor and thick fatty skin makes the duck very moist and juicy.  There are a few local Denver restaurants that are known for their duck too.  Anyways, this gives you a breakdown on how to prepare the bird, roast it in your oven, and create a sweet glaze that will make the skin nice and crispy.... Now, if only my wife liked duck... Spice Rubs For Holiday Roasts - So you want to make a roast, but don't know what kind of rubs you should use.  Well, let me suggest some of these spices that Mark suggests.  Anything from your traditional herbs to spicy paprika, these spice rub ingredients are bound to make your Christmas roast a hit! Baked Fresh Ham - Bacon.  Ham.  Sausage.  Pork.  If it comes from a pig, I'm all over it.  Though it's high in fat, if you prepare it yourself, you're able to control the extra sodium from a processed pig. Best Ever Brined Turkey - One year I brined a turkey for Thanksgiving.  Ever since, that is the ONLY way that I'll prepare a turkey.  Though this recipe says to brine for 8 hours, I'm a fan of doing it over night.  So give this shot if you want a bird that is juice, moist and succulent.

Side Dishes

Grilled Okra - If you're like me, the only way you ate okra was fried.  And, you're probably wondering, "then why are you sharing a grilled version of okra".  I'll tell you why...  Part of cooking is experimenting.  If you don't experiment, then your dinners are gonna be boring.  Give this a legitimate shot so you can see what it's all about. Bacon Avocado Salad - I told you, I love pig.  So, bacon combined with avocados in a salad, can't get any better.  Simple recipe with a ton of flavor. Caramelized Cauliflower & Sauteed Kale Casserole - Cauliflower is really weird.  It's super healthy, yet easy to "disguise" the flavor with anything that you want.  Then you have kale -- the superfood of all superfoods.  This recipe is loaded with flavor with no guilt. Sweet Potato Soup - This can be a side dish, or a "sit by the fire while it snows" dish.  Either way, it's gonna be awesome.  In our house we go through sweet potatoes like it's going out of style.  This gives us yet another way to eat them.

Desserts

Coconut Macadamia Bark - Coconut is just awesome.  Mix that up with macadamia nuts, into bark.  Wow.  A little sweet and savory all in one.  Pretty simple recipe you can follow with the kids. Chocolate Chip Cookies - Of all desserts, chocolate chip cookies are either #1 or #2 on my all time favorites.  However, with my wheat sensitivities, this is one dessert I no longer get to have anymore.  But, if you make the "dough" from dates & nuts, it almost makes up for it.  I'm actually gonna ask my wife to make these for me this Christmas.  She's the baker in the family! Holiday Spice Balls - The main ingredients are dates and nuts, followed by spices like cinnamon and such, but if you're looking for variety and a "guilt-free" dessert, try these out. Dark Chocolate & Citrus Macadamia Balls - I love dark chocolate.  With that said, this really caught my attention... because of the... dark chocolate. Well that's it for now.  You may already have your dishes prepared in your head for Christmas.  Either way, we hope this gives you some more ideas of what to make for your Holiday party, gathering, or simple get together. From all of us at Summit Fit Dojo, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas.




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