16 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, And Soy-Free Holiday Recipes That Taste Just Like The Real Thing
For many people, December ends up being the month where we tell ourselves something along the lines of “calories don’t count — it’s the holidays!”
And while there’s nothing wrong with indulging from time-to-time, overdoing it on the rich and sweet foods that we traditionally enjoy this time of year can make us feel less than our best.
We believe it’s important to enjoy what you eat and to honor the relationship between food and celebration. But we also believe that healthy food can be delicious.
The below recipes are all free of commonly inflammatory ingredients like gluten, dairy, soy, and processed sugars. Bring one or a few of these to your next holiday party and maybe you’ll finally be able to convince that one stubborn relative that paleo does actually taste good.
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts: The mix of salty, crunchy, and a hint of sweet make these the ultimate appetizer. And let’s be honest, bacon makes everything better. You may want to double the recipe — these will be gone in a flash!
The Best Paleo Ranch Dressing: Pair this creamy dip with a crudités platter (a fancy term for raw veggie sticks), for a sneaky way to load up on some veggies before dinner.
Honey Mustard Roasted Nuts: Forget the bowl of nuts (and the creepy nutcracker) that sits on the dining room table untouched. This sweet and savory snack is a perfect alternative that will actually be enjoyed.
Avocado Spinach Dip: Most spinach dips are mayo and dairy-based, but not this one. With fresh, light ingredients, this dip won’t leave you feeling weighed down.
Orange Glazed Ham: The Christmas ham is often the star of the show, and this recipe will quickly become your new favorite. Using seasonal oranges, this ham is bursting with natural sweetness and citrus flavors that will have everyone coming back for seconds.
Slow Roasted Prime Rib: If the ham doesn’t quite do it for you (or maybe you just don’t want to limit your meat options), this prime rib will do the trick. Slow roasted to tender perfection, even the pictures will have you drooling.
Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken: Because who doesn’t love a roasted chicken? This one highlights fresh herbs, lemon, garlic, and ghee for a buttery flavor that won’t disappoint.
Winter Salad: This colorful wintry salad is full of seasonal ingredients plus cruciferous veggies (which help support detox!)
Walnut and Coconut Whipped Sweet Potato Casserole: This one doesn’t need a description (did you read the title?!) Plus, it only uses seven ingredients, so it’s super easy to make.
Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries: The nutty, rich flavor of roasted Brussels sprouts pairs deliciously with a hint of sweet tang from cranberries and vinegar. This is a colorful and exciting side dish.
Coconut Flour Gingerbread Cookies: What’s the holiday season without gingerbread men (or women, or ninjas…)? Make these as simple, round cookies or have fun rolling them out and using cookie cutters and fun decorations.
Paleo Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting: Spice cake is a holiday tradition, and different cultures place their own unique spin on it. Blending warm, comforting spices of the season, this cake pairs perfectly with a cup or tea (or maybe hot chocolate — see below).
No Bake Peppermint Bark: Holiday baking can get overwhelming, so here’s an alternative that needs no oven! With just five ingredients, this minty, chocolatey bark is so quick and easy to make.
Paleo Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream: What’s more comforting during winter than a mug of hot cocoa? Unlike conventional mixes made with dairy, sugar, and processed fats, this one uses whole, simple ingredients and takes no time to make!
Spiced Apple Cider Sangria: Sangria is typically thought to be a refreshing summer drink, but this recipe makes a few adjustments to make it a comforting holiday beverage with wintry flavors. It does include alcohol, but can easily be made into a non-alcoholic version if you prefer.
No matter what you choose to eat or drink during the holidays, remember that the choice is always yours, and the holiday season about spending time with loved ones and making memories. Don’t let stress or guilt around food stop you from truly enjoying yourself.