Easy, Healthy Holiday Recipe Ideas
Cooking good food and sharing it with those we love is an easy recipe for joy. Especially when we cut out the kitchen frenzy. In other words, we don’t let the cooking harsh our mellow.
One key to keeping it calm is to include a few excellent prepared foods that don’t compromise on flavor or shortchange our health or values. We like to use organic, responsibly sourced ingredients that make us proud to put dinner on the table.
Here’s where Provisions come in handy. We’ve developed tasty, wholesome organic foods that get us to mealtime with our peace of mind intact. They’re especially useful for fixing healthy holiday appetizers, easy holiday side dishes and feeding houseguests between feasts. Here are some of our favorites.
Healthy Holiday Party Appetizers
Hungry guests walking in the door right now? Open a pack of our Chile Mango and shake it out next to a chunk of cheese and some crackers or sliced baguette. If your people are especially ravenous, add a pack of our smoked wild salmon or tangy, smoky wild venison links.
If you have a little time to cook, though, check out these healthy ideas.
Wild Salmon Spread
A Provisions staff and customer favorite for holidays like Christmas, this easy spread was created by an Alaskan fisherman. Make it with either our wild sockeye or our wild pink salmon, both packed with omega-3s and high in vitamin D.
Beet-Pickled Deviled Eggs with Smoked Mackerel
20 mins + 8 hours to pickle
A burst of bright pink on the table, plus deliciously briny, smoky Nordic flavors— that’s what you get here, for minimal effort.
Saltines with White Anchovies
First we bake Saltines in butter, then we top them with mild, fresh-tasting Spanish White Anchovies, totally unlike salty “pizza” anchovies. We bet you’ll open a second can.
Venison Links Board
A good cheese board packs in the salty, the sweet, the standbys and the surprises. This beauty does it all, with somthing your guests probably haven’t tasted: our Lightly Smoked Venison Links. Check out the stories behind these tasty little sausages—it’s a conversation starter for sure.
Easy Holiday Side Dishes
Your family probably has its fixed holiday main course – the turkey, the prime rib or the brisket. But there’s wiggle room when it comes to the sides. Here are a few easy, crowd-pleasing ways to liven up the table.
Mushroom Savory Grains with Thyme, Onions and Crispy Shrooms
2 servings (easy to double or triple)
We stir our fluffy, flavorful Mushroom Savory Grains into a sizzling panful of fresh mushrooms, thyme and onion. It’s hearty and energizing, like a fall hike in the woods.
Kale Caesar Holiday Salad
Why is this such a great holiday salad? For one thing, it holds up well for hours. Also, it looks festive. But most important, it’s totally delicious—a winter spin on Caesar salad that you’ll want to make year-round.
Red Chile Roasted Potatoes
15 mins + 45 mins to roast
We give up the mashed potatoes when the roasted ones are this good. Crisp and crackly-skinned, they’re seasoned with rosemary, whole heads of roasted garlic and mild ground red chile.
Green Bean Casserole with Savory Seeds
30 mins + 15 mins to bake
A vegan take on the classic casserole that passes muster with meat eaters. The secrets? Rich cashew cream, plenty of fresh mushrooms and a crunchy topping of chile-dusted fried shallots.
Mussel Salad with Fennel, Chickpeas and Dill Vinaigrette
A showstopper side that combines crunchy fennel and radishes, creamy chickpeas and plump, meaty Provisions Smoked Mussels. A dill vinaigrette brings it all together.
What to Feed Holiday Houseguests
Face it, the last thing you want to do after pulling together a holiday feast is…more cooking. We can help with easy-to-prepare breakfasts, lunches and dinners that won’t suck you back into the kitchen for hours. Or persuade a guest to cook by promising them some Provisions to take home. Worth a try!
Breakfast Grains Pancakes
Here’s a change from the usual whiteflour carbo bomb: Hearty pancakes made with organic whole grains. Our Breakfast Grains--a mix of buckwheat, barley and oats–gives these pancakes a toasty nuttiness that’s even better with a drizzle of real maple syrup or organic honey.
Hearty Breakfast Grains Muffins
20 mins + 30 mins to bake
Bake these delicious, nutritious muffins ahead (even freeze them) and heat them up when the houseguests materialize in the morning. Because they’re made with whole-grain Organic Breakfast Grains, they’ll deliver steady energy for whatever fun you’ve got planned.
Kimi Werner’s Wild Salmon Omelet
Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this deluxe omelet is jammed with seasonal vegetables and flakes of wild sockeye salmon, with melted cheese oozing out the sides. The recipe makes one giant omelet, so you can feed a few people at once. Get two pans going for a crowd.
Spicy Chili for a Crowd
Everybody loves chili, especially when they can customize their bowls. Start by simmering up our hearty, plant-based Organic Spicy Red Bean Chili, ready in 10 minutes. Then set out toppings and sides—and let your guests do the rest.
Feast of 7 Fishes Seafood Soup
Short on time but craving the hearty flavors of the traditional Italian Christmas feast, we created this one-pot soup that combines 7 fishes—some fresh, some tinned—with aromatic fennel and white wine.
White Anchovy Linguine with Toasted Breadcrumbs
Our mild, delicate Spanish White Anchovies shine in this pasta, full of lemony, garlicky flavor and topped with toasted pine nuts, breadcrumbs and parsley. It’s simple to make but delivers big.
More Holiday Cheer
We have more recipes waiting for you. All of them use our responsibly sourced Provisions to add flavor and nutrition, cut down on time and maintain your mellow.