10 recipes for your holiday season

It’s that time of year again where we have many social events to attend and host.

It can be daunting trying to think of different recipes to make to take to these gatherings and you don’t want to take the same thing to each one. And of course, when you’re hosting, you have to make several dishes. Therefore,  I have compiled a collection of recipes to help you take the tasty dish of the party, every time.

1. Healthy Homemade Spiced Eggnog – Move Nourish Believe

Perfect for when you’re hosting an evening get-together as the night gets on and you’re finished with the cocktails. This recipe serves two so adjust quantities accordingly for party size. You could even bottle it up and gift it.

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2. Frangipane Fruit Pie – The Whole Daily

This recipe is great for those that don’t enjoy the traditional fruit mince as this pie is made from raisins, sultanas or any other dried fruit that you like.  The pie is best made a few days ahead allowing you to decide when you have time in your busy holiday schedule to make it.

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3.  Christmas Mineral Water Spritzers – Move Nourish Believe

Being that Christmas in New Zealand is in summer, these water-based spritzers ensure everyone keeps hydrated. Besides, drinking a glass of water before your meal makes you eat less. Win, win.  Each recipe makes one glass so adjust accordingly to fill up a jug.

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4. Christmas Roast Turkey Roll with Cranberry Macadamia Quinoa Stuffing – The Holistic Ingredient

Cranberry and turkey are a match made in heaven. This turkey roll is much quicker to cook than a whole turkey so is great if your short on time. It also doesn’t leave as many leftovers, so great for a smaller gathering.

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5. Christmas Berry Swirl Cheesecake – I Quit Sugar

This cheesecake won’t leave you with a massive sugar hangover the next day due to the 1/2 cup of rice malt syrup being the only sweetener in it. It looks super impressive and can be made hours ahead of time.

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6. Fruit Infusion Cranberry Sauce – Tone It Up

Waaay better than cranberry sauce from a can.  There is great satisfaction from making everything on the table yourself, right down to the sauce.

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7. Blueberry Balsamic Glazed Brussel Sprouts – Broma Bakery

Brussel sprouts, as we know, get a bad wrap, but they don’t have to when they are glazed with a blueberry balsamic sauce. OMG yum! Serve as a side at your holiday table.

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8. Roasted Garlic and Cheddar Cauliflower Gratin – Naturally Ella

We all know of my love for cauliflower so it makes sense I would want it on my holiday table. Instead of a potato dish for a side, try this cauliflower gratin that is just as cheesy.

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9. Low-Sugar Snowballs – Pretend Health Freak

An ideal edible gift that is simple to make with only four ingredients. Just wrap them in some cellophane and you have great gifts for your colleagues that you know they will use!

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10. Roast Lamb with Stuffing – Courtyard Kitchen on I Quit Sugar

If I’m not having turkey at christmas I always love to have lamb. This stuffing has ricotta cheese, bacon and garlic in it… cue mouthwatering.

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I hope you find some holiday menu inspiration from these recipes and if you make one (or more) share it with me on Twitter @emmastanford11 and #TheEmmaExclusive

Emma x

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