I used to feel obligated to make unhealthy traditional comfort foods for my holiday guests. I almost felt guilty if I did not load their plates with decadent dishes. Can you relate? You feel torn between not wanting to blow up your PCOS diet and making your guests happy.
I no longer feel that way. I’ve learned how to serve up comforting, classic holiday meals that every guest at the table can enjoy without serving my loved ones a bunch of process carbs, sugar, and unhealthy fats. These days, guests look forward to eating at my place because I offer something different than the traditional food that leave them feeling guilty, lethargic and bloated. Yes, that right, even people who do not have PCOS feel better physically and mentally when they eat healthy foods.
Bacon Wrapped Dates Appetizer
This decadent appetizer is made from whole foods. The bacon adds some protein and the almonds will provide healthy fats. Bacon wrapped dates are a rich appetizer so use potion control. Two or three dates per a guest is plenty.
- 20 Medjool dates pits removed
- 20 raw almonds
- 10 slices of bacon
- 20 wooden toothpicks
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Slice bacon lengthwise so that you have 20 ribbons of bacon.
- Stuff on almond inside each date, wrap with a ribbon of bacon and secure with a wooden toothpick.
- Bake for 30 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
One Pot Indian Roast Chicken
This flavorful main course is an interesting new take on a traditional favorite. I love serving roast chickens because they are a high-protein dish that you can make in one pot. This recipe uses yogurt in the marinade; I would use cows milk simply because there will not be that much dairy in the final product. If you are strictly dairy-free plain coconut milk yogurt might work as a substitute.
- 1.5kg whole chicken
- Two large onions, peeled and cut into thick slices
- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
- One lemon halved
- Two large garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tbsp freshly grated root ginger
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp hot paprika
- 1 tbsp ground turmeric
- 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 250ml (1 cup) plain yogurt
Click here to get the instructions on how to prepare the chicken. The instructions also include a recipe for couscous. To make this meal lower in carbs I recommend replacing the couscous with the mashed cauliflower recipe below.
Simple Mashed Cauliflower
Mashed potatoes are a go-to holiday classic but the flavor of mashed cauliflower will bring that comfort food feeling to your dinner without the added carbohydrates. You might be incredulous about ditching potatoes, but let me tell you, this is a very tasty side dish. Most folks will not notice the difference!
- 1 Head of Cauliflower
- 2 cloves of roasted garlic
- 2 tsp of fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp of grass-fed butter
- Wash and cut Cauliflower into florets.
- Steam cauliflower for 8 minutes in a pot with a steamer basket.
- Strain the cauliflower and return to the post. Add all the other ingredients.
- Use a stick blender to mash the cauliflower and incorporate the ingredients.
Almond Flour Crescent Cookies and Hot Chocolate for Dessert
These delicious cookies are gluten and dairy free and if you reduce the amount of powder sugar you dust them with, they can be low in sugar too. They pair nicely with this healthy hot cocoa recipe.
- 1 cup finely ground almond flour
- 3 Tablespoons softened organic butter, ghee or vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
- 5-6 Tablespoons organic confectioners’ sugar (divided)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
For baking instructions visit the cooking blog Eating Bird Food.
Would you like some more tips on having a happy and healthy holiday season? Follow me on Facebook! I will be sharing tips throughout the holiday season.