6 Delicioud Holiday Gifts
December 17, 2013
Gather around the table with these guilt-free Christmas favorites.
Arugula Salad with Roasted Pears, Walnuts, and Parmesan
If you’re looking for a delicious appetizer, this salad offers a hint of natural sweetness from the pears, spice from the arugula, richness from the Parmesan, and a crunchy texture from the walnuts. Filling up on a fiber-rich salad or soup before starting an entrée will help you avoid overeating.
Green and White Florets with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Because the broccoli and cauliflower in this wonderful wintery side dish are blanched, and then stir-fried, the florets take on a soft outer texture while still retaining a crispness on the inside. This combination of cooking methods helps bring out the vegetables’ flavors while maintaining their nutrients. Drizzling the florets with lemon juice gives this side dish a tangy freshness, while the toasted pumpkin seeds add crunch
Crown Roast of Pork
A festive holiday like Christmas should be celebrated with a majestic meal and our Crown Roast of Pork fits the bill. In this vibrant dish, the pork is flavored with a savory herb rub of fresh sage and oregano. It is then roasted in the oven over a bed of onions, carrots, and celery. The wonderful aroma of the roast pork will lure your guests to the dinner table before the dish is even done cooking!
Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Sauce
Our elegant Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Sauce is another perfect main dish option for your Christmas dinner. Be sure to fold the thin end of the tenderloin under and tie up the roast with kitchen twine to ensure even cooking. Alternatively, you can just order your tenderloin already tied from your butcher. If you want to get a head start, you can make the horseradish sauce a day in advance and keep it refrigerated in a covered container until it’s time to serve the holiday meal.
Baked Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Pomegranate Seeds
This quintessential Christmas dessert features seasonal fruits like pears and pomegranate seeds, which are at their peak during the fall and wintertime. The recipe is super easy to make — and the warm chocolate sauce transforms it into a really decadent after-dinner treat.
Holiday Apple Crisp
If it doesn’t seem like Christmas without a baked apple dessert, not to worry! Our warm apple crisp is a delicious alternative to the usual apple pie. Tart and fruity dried cherries give a surprising twist to this traditional dessert and the oven-baked oats make a heavenly “crust” that’ll have your guests clamoring for more.