These Lightened-Up Holiday Menu recipes feature vibrant flavors, real ingredients, and little swaps that allow you and your family to savor the joy of the season without compromising on flavor. I’ve compiled everything you need for your holiday dinner from savory side dishes to classic main dishes and, of course, indulgent desserts.
I am sharing Christmas menu ideas that I have or would use for my own dinner. These dishes are all lightened-up but will still impress all the guests at your table!
Beef Main Dish Recipes
Buttery Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
One of the most tender cuts of beef is the perfect main dish for your holiday meal. My buttery herb-crusted beef tenderloin needs to be on your table for the next holiday. This recipe also includes a lightened-up lemon garlic aioli for serving. This is the cast iron pan I use.
Other Holiday Beef Main Dish Recipes
Seafood Main Dish Recipes
Easy Baked Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp is a traditional Christmas Eve dish in my house. This dish is done in under 20 minutes, for restaurant quality food at home. Serve along side potatoes and a vegetable for a well-rounded meal, or, my favorite: on top of spaghetti.
Other Seafood Main Dish Recipes
Chicken Main Dish Recipes
Lightened-Up Chicken Marsala
This Italian restaurant staple is one of my favorites to make for special occasions. Classic Chicken Marsala is pan fried thin sliced chicken breasts, smothered in a delicious gravy of mushroom, shallots and marsala wine. Upgrade your holiday menu chicken dish this year!
Other Chicken Main Dish Recipes
Classic Stuffed Shells
Upgrade your noodle side dish with this classic Italian recipe. The ultimate comfort food: tender shells are stuffed with 3 types of cheese then topped with a simple homemade tomato sauce before they’re cooked to perfection in the oven.
Other Holiday Side Dish Recipes
Holiday Dessert Recipes
Healthy Blueberry Cobbler
This healthy blueberry cobbler is a great option for a healthy dessert to have on hand when that sweet craving kicks in. Blueberries are topped with a light and fluffy sweet batter and baked to bubbly perfection. Top this beautiful cobbler with some whipped cream, and it’s the ultimate holiday dessert.
Other Holiday Sweets Recipes
Your holiday menu doesn’t have to be complicated or filled with unnecessary calories. These holiday menu options are all delicious, crowd pleasers that will impress all your guests!