Healthy Holiday & New Year’s Recipes
The holidays are all about getting together with family, friends, and of course delicious food. I asked two of my amazing food blogger friends to join us today on Kouzounas Kitchen, to share with us the healthy recipes for the holidays.
Please give a warm welcome to Athina, from Kicking Back The Pebbles Blog, and Catherine from Lila Ruth Grain Free Blog. Learn how to make healthier recipes for Christmas & the New Year.
Guide: Follow Kicking Back The Pebbles in green font, and Lila Ruth Grain Free in red font.
Food Blogger Biography
Let’s start with Athina, one of my dearest friends in Greece, who blogs over at Kicking Back The Pebbles.
Kicking Back The Pebbles Blog
A stalwart bookworm ever since I can remember myself. I studied English & American Literature and became an EFL/ESOL Teacher. I successfully(!) combined teaching and working as an executive secretary, in a big advertising company and a law firm, for several years. As of lately, I’m a freelance writer, line editor, and blogger at Kicking Back The Pebbles. Also, a bit ironic by nature but, all in all, quite easy-going. Partner to 1 & mother to 2 cats. I once tried to give up coffee and then swore to never make that mistake again…
Lila Ruth Grain Free Blog
Catherine Culpepper, the woman behind Lila Ruth Grain Free, is a recipe developer and food blogger. She provides delicious grain-free alternatives to traditional baked goods without sacrificing taste or proper texture. Her Grain-Free journey began several years ago when she made the choice to cut out all grains from her diet. She decided to take on the task of creating her own recipes and this process has resulted in a deep love and passion for baking and creating food for herself and others.
Favorite Holiday Recipes
Roasted Carrot Saffron Soup
I have been including my Roasted Carrot Saffron Soup in my Christmas menu, repeatedly, in the past few years. I realize most people would not think of carrot soup as a holiday dish but hear me out: “Charring” the roasted carrots and adding saffron to the mix makes for a very interesting, flavorful combo. You can substitute the light cream with vegan soy cream and turn this into a completely cholesterol-free recipe. I believe it can stand as a great side dish on any festive table.
~Recipe link: ROASTED CARROT SAFFRON SOUP RECIPE
~Recipe link: GINGERBREAD SPICE RECIPE
I love my cranberries at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this year I decided to integrate them into a cherry pie and it has now become my very favorite holiday dessert recipe! The cherry/cranberry combination is just magical and it has the perfect sweet to tart ratio. The colors themselves are also lovely and it makes for a festive pie, excellent for the holidays.
Recipe Link: Cranberry Cherry Pie
My great-grandmother made the world’s greatest stuffing, in my opinion. So much so, that all others seemed to pale by comparison. That’s why I really wanted to develop a grain-free version of her simple and savory recipe, nothing else would do! It truly is a comfort food and the holidays just wouldn’t feel the same without it.
Recipe Link: Grain Free Stuffing
Stay On A Healthy Track
“It is no less difficult to write sentences in a recipe than sentences in Moby Dick.” Annie Dillard
“Never, never, never give up.” Winston Churchill
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Follow Lila Ruth Grain Free
- Blog: http://www.lilaruthgrainfree.com/
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- Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/lilaruthgrainfree
Thank you to my friends Athina & Catherine for joining me on Kouzounas Kitchen. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you for featuring and always supporting Kicking Back the Pebbles, my dear, wonderful friend! I wish you an amazing Holiday Season. Merry Christmas to all & a Happy New Year. xoxo A.
Hi Athina! Of course sweets!!
Wishing you a very special Christmas filled with lots of love!!
Krystina, N, and C ❤❤
Happy Holidays to you and the family 😀😀😀
Thank you Elaine! You too sweetheart. Sending lots of love to you all. 💕💕💕
Hello Athina Koukla Mou!!! Nice to meet you Catherine! Happy Holidays.
Yes they are both lovely bloggers. 🙂
Hi Cheryl! I’m sorry it took a while to catch up on the comments. I”m wishing you all the best this holiday season, have a blast, enjoy friends & family and have a very merry Christmas & a delightful New Year!
Thank You Athina-Kala Christougenna!!!
Kala Xristougenna se olous
Happy New Year koukla!
For some reason I can’t ever reply back to you. :/
Yeah, I think you delete your comments. This has been happening quite often actually with you. I don’t know why, but I wanted to tell you.
Oh, it may be because for space and the frequency of my blogging I draft a few days after posting to keep space available. Sometimes I post 1-3 times every day. Then after several days I put them in draft status. Sorry, you are having that problem Koukla! xxoo
No problem. Thank you for letting me know. I thought you got frustrated when I couldn’t reply in time. Glad to clear this up.
Kalo Vrady kai filia!
I’d never get frustrated with you Koukla-Woo-Hoo!!!
Thanks for sharing your friend’s lovely recipes!
You’re very welcome dear friend. I love Athina’s roasted carrot saffron soup. It’s a super hit in our kitchen. 🙂