Healthy Christmas Dinner

I hope that everyone had a wonderful winter holiday. With all of the celebrations going on, I was just as guilty as anyone in indulging a little too much in things that weren’t good for me. Despite it all, I was able to wrap it up with a healthy Christmas dinner.

Healthy Christmas Dinner

In most aspects of health and fitness, you can maintain pretty well with some practiced moderation. It’s OK to slip a little now and then, especially during times of celebration. Still, there are plenty of opportunities to eat incredibly well and stay on track toward your nutrition goals.

Christmas Dinner

My Christmas dinner this evening consisted of baked salmon, honey glazed baked acorn squash, sautéed asparagus, and quinoa with pesto.

Let me tell you, it was delicious! Everything on the plate was prepared and cooked in about 35 minutes.

Baked Salmon

Ingredients

1 pound coho salmon

fresh squeezed lemon juice

fresh cracked pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a baking pan with Pam, or your favorite non-stick stuff.
  3. Place the salmon on the pan, skin down.
  4. Coat the salmon with lemon juice.
  5. Grind the desired amount of pepper.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Serves 2-3

Honey Glazed Baked Acorn Squash

Ingredients

1 acorn squash

4 teaspoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of honey

fresh cracked pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Slice one-quarter inch off each end of the acorn squash. Dispose of the ends. Then cut the squash in half horizontally and scrape the seeds out. Cut each half of the acorn squash horizontally to end up with 4 ring-shaped pieces that range from one half to one inch thick.
  3. Mix the olive oil and honey together in a small bowl.
  4. Lightly coat a foil-lined baking pan with some of the olive oil and honey mixture.
  5. Place the acorn squash on the baking pan.
  6. Brush the squash with the remaining olive oil and honey mixture.
  7. Grind the desired amount of pepper.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.

Serves 4

Sautéed Asparagus

Ingredients

1 bundle of asparagus

1 tablespoon of olive oil

a few sprigs of rosemary

Method

  1. Put the asparagus in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Drizzle on the olive oil and rosemary.
  3. Toss occasionally, and cook for 5-8 minutes.

Serves 2-3

Quinoa With Pesto

Ingredients

1/2 cup of quinoa

1 cup of water

4 teaspoons of basil pesto

Method

  1. On medium heat mix quinoa and water and boil 10-15 minutes until the water is absorbed.
  2. Fluff with a fork, and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in pesto.

Serves 2

Serve it with your favorite beverage  and have an awesome, healthy holiday meal!

The great thing about this meal is that it is easy to prepare and is amazing. You don’t need to wait for your next Christmas dinner to have this. Go ahead and make it for your next nice meal or even impress a date!

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