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Low Carb Holiday 6 Course Menu

Planning low carb holiday meals shouldn’t be complicated. It shouldn’t taste like plastic, either. These recipes are unique and satisfying. Rethink old favorites and substitute healthier ingredients.

  • Low carb holiday recipes for 6 courses: bread, sauces, soup, salads, main dishes, stuffing, sides, dessert and drinks
  • 36 Recipe Low Carb Holiday Cookbook

 

 

This holiday season, stick to your diet. You’re eating healthy and shopping the perimeters of the grocery store. Go one step further – shop for organic foods fresh from the farm.

Eating low carb usually means eating whole foods in a natural state. This means unprocessed foods are best.

  • Shop for organic, free-range or grass-fed proteins (meat, poultry and dairy), fiber-rich organic vegetables and healthy (naturally occurring) omega 3 fats.

 

Low Carb Holiday Main Dishes

Turkey, chicken, duck, goose and ham are traditional stars of the holiday table, but are they all equally nutritious and diet friendly?

Turkey & Chicken

Eat mainly white meat, with only a nibble or two of dark meat and a little crispy skin.

  • Golden brown and juicy, roasted turkey and chicken are holiday classics considered low-to-zero carb foods.
  • The white meat is lower in fat and cholesterol than dark meat. However, the dark meat has more iron.

Duck  vs. Goose

Both duck and goose are glorious additions to a beautiful table. They are aromatic, and the skin crisps and browns beautifully. They are a special favorite simply because we don’t tend to cook them often.

  • Both duck and goose are zero-carb.
  • Without the skin, goose is much higher in calories from fat than duck. Almost five times more calories come from the fat in a goose than the fat in a duck.
  • The cholesterol count is a bit lower for a goose than a duck.
  • The crispy skin is tempting, but higher in cholesterol and sodium. Eat just a nibble or two.

Ham

Basic baked ham also fits perfectly into your low carb diet.

  • Honey baked ham has more carbs and sodium, so be sure to check the labels carefully.
  • Bake or roast your ham with rich spices or a savory glaze, such as a mustard glaze.

Try these low carb holiday main dishes:

  • Roasted Turkey or Chicken with Savory Prosciutto
  • Slow Roasted, Herb-Cured Spiced Pork Shoulder

(Recipes in Low Carb Holiday Cookbook, below.)

 

Low Carb Pumpkin Soup Holiday

Holiday Soups, Sauces and Gravy

Enhance the natural flavors of these delicate dishes by selecting organic ingredients, and farm-fresh low carb vegetables in season.

Soups

Make a thick, creamy pumpkin, squash or cauliflower soup.

Try something with more exotic low carb veggies: curried purple dragon carrots, Romanesco cream soup, or a purple broccoli and bacon bisque.

  • Serve soups with toasted, sea-salted almonds for extra crunch.
  • Use a dollop of yogurt or sour cream on top to add creamy texture.

 

Low Carb Gravy Sauces

Sauces and Gravy

Use the pan drippings from the main course, add a little water or wine, and simmer in a saucepan over medium high heat. Let the liquid bubble, reducing it by half. You’ll have a rich flavorful gravy without flour.

Reduce the carbs in sauces and gravies by “bulking it up” with low carb ingredients. Eggplant, pumpkin and black soybeans absorb the flavors of the dish without adding extra sugar.

Try these low carb holiday recipes:

  • Roasted Turkey or Chicken Gravy
  • Eggplant and Black Soybeans as Thickeners
  • Cranberry Bourbon Sauce
  • Rhubarb Citrus Glaze

(Recipes in Low Carb Holiday Cookbook, below.)

 

Low Carb Holiday Rolls

Low Carb Bread, Rolls and Spreads

This holiday season, low carb breads, spreads and crackers make all things possible. Enjoy a little crunch under something creamy.

Breads, Rolls, Crackers

Use for appetizers, in casseroles, with salads or just to collect soups and gravy!

Try these low carb holiday breads:

  • Flaky Butter Biscuits
  • Go-To Holiday Rolls
  • Speckled-Herb Croutons
  • Cranberry Mini-Breads
  • Almond Cracker Thins

(Recipes in Low Carb Holiday Cookbook, below.)

 

Low Carb Holiday Spreads

Spreads

These recipes taste delicious hot (as a sauce) or cold.

Creamy low carb spreads:

  • Olive Tapenade
  • Roquefort Spread
  • Savory Chive Soft Spread

(Recipes in Low Carb Holiday Cookbook, below.)

 

Low-Carb-Salad-Holiday-Brussels

Fresh Holiday Salads

Use crispy spinach and mixed greens, toasted or spiced nuts and unexpected citrus to lighten things up.

For warm salads, add fresh chopped savory herbs to complete the holiday flavor palate.

Try these low carb holiday salads:

  • Creamy Brussels with Toasted Nutmeg Almonds
  • Veggie Swiss Cool Rice Salad
  • Roasted Asparagus Salad
  • Sharp Avocado Citrus Salad

(Recipes in Low Carb Holiday Cookbook, below.)

 

Low Carb Stuffing Holiday Pumpkin

Hearty Low Carb Stuffing

You want to replace the traditional breaded stuffing with a low carb version. Begin with low carb rolls, then tear apart and mix with butter and fresh herbs for quick croutons.

Use your low carb croutons with a few choice veggies or meats to make your new low carb holiday stuffing.

Or skip the bread and get creative.

  • Use cubes of yellow squash or cauliflower. Add sausage, celery, onion, toasted nuts and traditional holiday herbs.
  • Explore other unique ingredients like wild mushrooms, smoked sausage, apples or oysters.

Try these low carb holiday stuffing recipes:

  • Buttered Onion and Apple Stuffing
  • Baked Celery Stuffing
  • Mushroom Peppercorn Beef Hot Rice Stuffing

(Recipes in Low Carb Holiday Cookbook, below.)

 

Low carb holiday side dishes

Low Carb Classic Holiday Sides

Create a new tradition and reinvent your holiday side dishes. You’ll satisfy the starchy cravings without all the carbs.

  • Add cream cheese for a smoother texture, or toasted almonds for extra crunch.
  • Make it savory instead of sweet by adding crispy bacon or smoked hot sausage.
  • Baked spaghetti squash with Parmesan cheese is low carb, filling and feels like you’re eating pasta.

Create amazing faux versions of your old favorites using pumpkin, broccoli or cauliflower. Add garlic, Parmesan cheese, onion, salt and pepper to add even more flavor.

Lower carbs in brown rice dishes by over-loading them with chopped nuts, exotic mushrooms, low carb vegetables or sausage.

Low carb holiday casserole

For crunchy onions on top, fry some thinly cut onion coated lightly with olive oil. When golden brown, toss them into and on top of the casserole for all the flavor without any breading.

Try these low carb holiday side dishes:

  • Creamy Smashed (Faux) Potatoes
  • Smoked Pecan and Peppered Bacon Green Beans
  • Parmesan Onion Gratin
  • Wild Mushroom Scallion au Vin
  • Golden Squash Parmesan Mash
  • Brown Sugar (Faux) Sweet Potatoes

(Recipes in Low Carb Holiday Cookbook, below.)

 

Low Carb Orange Dark Chocolate Mousse

Low Carb Holiday Desserts

Invest in a few low carb ingredients and you can still make some of your favorite holiday desserts.

  • Invest in almond flour to replace wheat flour in your crust, or use crushed nuts or seeds instead.
  • Use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar, and increase the other seasonings.

Toasted nuts double as a low carb dessert when served over flavored whipped cream or low carb vanilla ice cream.

The trick is to find recipes that don’t use carb-loaded ingredients. Look for recipes with heavy cream or cream cheese.

Low carb creme brulee holiday dessert

Try these low carb holiday desserts:

  • Ricotta Espresso Creme
  • Spiced Pumpkin Cookies
  • Signature Low Carb Cheesecake
  • Fresh Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Seed Crust
  • Whole Bean Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Orange Dark Chocolate Mousse
  • Classic Pure Vanilla Creme Brulee

(Recipes in Low Carb Holiday Cookbook, below.)

 

Low carb Irish coffee holiday beverage

Low Carb Holiday Beverages

There are ways to reduce the total carbs in some of your favorite festive drinks. Here are a few ways to enjoy holiday spirits on a low carb diet.

 

Irish Coffee

Dress up your after-dinner coffee with a little cream and a splash of spirits. Whiskey is zero-carb, but the alcohol does turn into sugar in the body, so limit yourself.

Non-alcoholic version: Substitute pure vanilla extract or bourbon flavoring for the whiskey.

Use a rich coffee blend (regular or decaffeinated) and put a big dollop of freshly whipped heavy cream with vanilla on top. Perfect hot or cold.

 

Wine

A glass of wine with dinner is a classic holiday treat. Unfortunately, wine does contain carbs, about 2 – 4 per glass.

Reduce the carbs (and the alcohol content) even more by adding a flavored sparkling water, and a few low carb berries or fruit slices.

 

Free Low Carb Holiday Cookbook

Your ultimate guide for a low carb Thanksgiving, Christmas or holiday party. Our Low Carb Holiday Cookbook features 36 recipes, all with 0 – 8 carbs per serving.

The 6 course menu includes recipes for low carb soups, salads, breads and spreads, main entrees, stuffing, sauces and gravy, thickeners, side dishes and desserts.

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These low carb holiday dishes have one thing in common– they have the same delicious taste and textures as your old favorites.

But this season, the holidays won’t destroy your diet.

 

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