Celebrate the Season With 20 Healthy (and Affordable!) Holiday Recipes

Last Update: September 28, 2022

No matter which holiday you celebrate, food is guaranteed to play a starring role throughout the season. This year, let your pantry do the work!

Whether you need to feed hungry house guests a warm breakfast or bring a platter of treats to a neighborhood potluck, these recipes make good use of of affordable staples—like cinnamon, oats, olive oil, and pumpkin purée—to make cooking easier all month long. Even with a busy calendar, be sure to find time to snuggle up by the fire with a warm drink, too!

Cozy breakfasts

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bake
This spiced oatmeal studded with carrots, apples, and raisins can be prepared the night before—just pop it in the oven the next morning for a steamy, comforting breakfast.

Coconut Flour Pancakes
Even if you’re grain- or gluten-free, you can enjoy a short stack made with coconut flour. Brighten up this satisfying breakfast with citrus zest, and use coconut oil two ways—as a replacement for butter, and for frying.

Sweet Potato Spanish Omelet
Add a hearty twist to your eggs with the simplest of ingredients: caramelized onions and potatoes. Grab a medley of spices from your pantry to punch up the flavor.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Sipping this smoothie is like eating dessert for breakfast! But with no added sugar, you’ll be treating your body right to fuel a busy morning.

Harvest meals

Kabocha Squash Soup
If you have a spare box of stock in your pantry, you’re halfway to this creamy soup. Simple yet elegant, it makes a wonderful addition to a holiday meal, or can be enjoyed on its own.

Vegan Meatloaf
Skip the mystery meat use a blend of chopped walnuts, plus aromatic ingredients like onions and celery to form the “meat” in our vegan meatloaf. A long list of spices like paprika and cayenne ensure this main dish is anything but boring.

Turkey Sage Meatballs With Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash provides a gluten-free base for turkey meatballs jazzed up with sage and dried cranberries.

Lemon-Fennel Sardine Salad
You’ll be surprised how an ordinary can of sardines can freshen up a salad. Whole lemon adds brightness, and shaved fennel provides a crisp texture.

Potlucks and parties

Brussels Sprouts Chips
Kale chips are so last year. Pass around this addictive little snack at your next party and watch your guests come back for more.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Pumpkin Seeds
Six ingredients—including warm spices like cinnamon and cloves—spice up toasted pumpkin seeds to help keep appetites at bay until dinner.

Herb Deviled Eggs
Keep Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and ghee on hand to whip up these classic deviled eggs. Fresh herbs and quick pickled shallots kick the recipe up a notch.

Easy treats

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Your holiday guests won’t be able to stop nibbling on this treat! Classic peanut brittle gets an update with pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, and cardamom.

Raw Chocolate Ginger Truffles
If you need something to feed a crowd, satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with a batch of raw chocolate truffles filled with ginger.

Spiced Apple Oat Cookies
These cookies have a crisp, golden edge and chewy center for the perfect marriage of texture, while the spice combination (cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger) adds some zing to balance out the sweetness.

Broiled Grapefruit With Ginger
Give your trusty bottle of honey a squeeze to sweeten up a tart grapefruit, then broil it in the oven for a fancy presentation. It’s the perfect light dessert after a rich holiday meal.

Honey Marshmallows
With only four ingredients, you don’t have to wonder what’s inside this favorite childhood treat. This recipe uses grass-fed gelatin for that signature puffiness, and honey instead of corn syrup for sweetness. Drop one in your next mug of hot chocolate!

Warm drinks by the fire

Maca Mexican Hot Chocolate
Spices and butterscotch-like maca powder add new dimension to this zesty hot drink. Drink this extra dark hot chocolate first thing in the morning for an energy boost, or enjoy as a fireside treat. (If you don’t already have maca powder in the pantry, just leave it out!)

Turmeric Tea Latte
Spice up your tea with ginger, black pepper, and turmeric in this new take on a latte. Inspired by Ayurvedic medicine, it makes use of liver-cleansing dandelion root tea to rejuvenate the whole body.

Vegan Eggnog
Delicately sweet with a slight maple flavor, lucuma—a subtropical fruit of Andean origin— perfectly complements the intensity of nutmeg-spiced eggnog, and is full of antioxidants, too!

Honey Turmeric Pumpkin Latte
This comforting turmeric pumpkin latte is laced with warm spices and filled with healthy fats to keep your brain alert and stomach full.

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Nicole Gulotta

Nicole Gulotta is a writer, author, and tea enthusiast.

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