One of the greatest pleasures of the holidays is the food but in order to really enjoy the feasting throughout, one occasionally needs a counter balance. Here are a few seasonal favourites that I turn to when I’ve gone beyond overindulgence and need to reset before diving back in.
Cinnamon and Ginger Oatmeal
In a medium-sized pot, whisk together 1 C rolled oats, 1 C water, 3 C milk, generous pinch of salt, 1 t ground cinnamon, 1/2 t ground ginger, 1 t vanilla extract, pinch of grated nutmeg. Simmer over medium heat until the oats have softened and broken down the mixture is creamy and has thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Top with brown sugar, fruit, toasted coconut, or nuts. This makes enough for 4 servings.
Christmas Fruit Salad
Top segmented orange or grapefruit with blackberries and pomegranate seeds.
Cranberry and Pecan Quinoa Salad
This salad gets the full festive treatment. It is beautiful, satisfying, and good for you. Click for printable recipe: Cranberry and Pecan Quinoa Recipe for Print.
Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Salad with Lemon and Basil
Toss roasted bell peppers and aubergines with chickpeas and sundried tomatoes in a spritely lemon and basil dressing. I love to squeeze more fresh lemon juice over my portion just before serving. Click for printable recipe: Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Salad with Lemon and Basil for Print.
Greek Yoghurt with Crushed Meringue and Pomegranates
Crush meringue and top with Greek yoghurt, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, and strew generously with pomegranate seeds.