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green and red healthy foodA vegetarian diet is a healthy lifestyle choice that more and more people are making. In fact, even among those who eat meat, it’s not uncommon to replace a meal or two each week with a vegetable- based option. As the holidays roll around, however, and it becomes a little more difficult to eat light, it can also be a challenge to maintain a vegetarian diet. Many of our grandmothers cooked with meat in almost every dish, and the recipes that have been handed down for generations tend to be meat heavy, with turkey broth, bacon, and other meats lurking in the every dish, even the pots of greens. Fortunately, you can lighten up these old fashioned recipes, and create new holiday traditions that focus on vegetables.

  • This Mushroom and Leek Galette is a savory tart perfect for potlucks. Made with portabellas and cottage cheese, it works well as an appetizer or a vegetarian main dish.
  • For sheer wow factor, you can’t beat this Broccoli and Goat Cheese Soufflé. Delicious, elegant, and easier to make than you might think, this is wonderful served with a tomato and fennel salad and some fresh strawberries.
  • Vegetable Pot Pies with Sweet Potato Biscuits have the additional benefit of being completely adorable. For a hearty and delicious option, these can’t be beat, packed full of nutrient rich seasonal vegetables, complemented by cream sauce.
  • If you prefer pasta, try this Squash and Leek Lasagna. Pine nuts, leeks, and butternut squash, in creamy white sauce, are layered with whole wheat pasta and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for a delicious and filling meal.
  • This amazing Vegetable Wellington is sure to impress your guests. In addition to asparagus, spinach, and red bell peppers, this dish features the rich flavors of goat cheese and pesto, all wrapped in delicate puff pastry.

Eating more fresh produce is always a good idea, so use this list as a starting place, and discover your own new recipes. You’ll find plenty of succulent new holiday recipes, whether you’re hosting a vegetarian feast or just bringing a covered dish you’ll be able to eat. For more tips on healthy living and eating well, visit our website. To learn how we can help you find your own path to optimal wellness, call our clinic today for a free consultation.