The winter holidays are quickly approaching! Recipe favorites are a no-brainer for this time of year but a couple of healthy, innovative dishes will really spice up your holiday menu. Start new family traditions with one (or all!) of these winter appetizers that highlight the winter season. As an added bonus, they can all be prepared ahead of time! Just assemble or reheat them right before you are ready to eat so you can spend more time with your guests.
Dips are easy party options but the unique flavor profile of this decadent Mascarpone Dip with Basil Blackberries recipe from Driscoll's
will make your guests will "Oooh!" and "Ahhh!" all party long! It is especially delicious when served with crackers or flatbread.
Individually portioned appetizers are an easy way to keep a party -- and the clean up afterwards -- casual. These crustless Butternut Squash and Parmesan Mini Quiches recipe from Simple Bites
are delicious and highlight seasonal ingredients. Omit the bread crumbs for a gluten-free menu option.
Soup is a quintessential meal during the winter season. Jazz up your holiday party with this warming Carrot Curry and Ginger Soup recipe from With Style and Grace
. The beautiful color and perfect portions are festive and fun while the crumbled bacon on top is a fun holiday indulgence! For a vegetarian option, try candied or toasted sliced almonds instead.
For another filling but healthy option, try these Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites recipe from Aggie's Kitchen
. The traditional Greek flavors get a crunchy twist from the quinoa.
Steamy Kitchen's Warm Fig, Apple, and Gorgonzola Flatbread
recipe is a decadent and sophisticated yet healthy option for your holiday party, especially compared to traditional pizza! Like the rest of these recipes, you can experiment with different cheeses and seasonal fruits and vegetables to find your favorite combinations.
Of course, it's easy to forgo all our thoughtful preparation for a healthy holiday in favor of pure gluttony! Just look at this crazy recipe for Chocolate Covered Bacon from My Kind of Cooking that combines two holiday favorites.
What were your guests' favorite dishes from your last holiday party? What new recipes are you drying to try out this year? Let us know in the comments section below!