Keep It Real Thursdays – Holiday Recipe Ideas

Whether you’re gearing up for holiday parties and entertaining and need goodie ideas and appys, or you want simple, healthy meal ideas, you’re sure to find something to suit your fancy. Here are a few highlights from some wonderful whole food blogs that I swear will have you salivating and give you a few holiday recipe ideas. I hope you’ll pay them a visit, since these highlights, as you may expect, are only the tip of the iceberg. Drooling is allowed.

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Tessa The Domestic Diva

Creamy Hot Artichoke Dip

By far one of my favorite dips. To be honest I try and stay away from it because of it’s “intense” calorie load. But now I don’t have to. Thanks to Tessa. One of the quintessential holiday appys made healthier. Thanks Tessa!

The Spinach Spot

Cranberry Spinach Salad with a Cranberry Vinaigrette

Who said the holidays have to be a time when we all put on 5 pounds? Look at this beautiful salad loaded with nutritious ingredients. Why not have a salad for dinner or lunch to lighten up the load of all those rich holidays feasts? Don’t you just feel healthier just looking at it? What’s your favorite holiday salad?

Queen of Quinoa

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potato

I just love this! We often have quinoa cooked and ready to go in the fridge for fast breakfasts and dinners. I just can’t wait to try this out as soon as I get some sweet potatoes! Doesn’t this just look like the perfect comfort food, perfect for a dark, cold and stormy night?

Eating Freely

Festive Fig Bites (no bake)

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share some holiday treats. After all it is the season of indulgence. But why not treat yourself to something healthy and sweet. These grain free, dairy free, raw and vegan figgy bites are perfect for the holidays, no matter who’s on your guest list! I’m sure this would work with dates too.

Cooking Quinoa

Salted Quinoa Chocolate Bark With Pistachios

I can’t resist salted sweets. They are the perfect combination. Then she went and added popped quinoa and pistachios…swoon. Since the holidays couldn’t be complete without a little chocolate, I think a little “bark” is in order!

Keep It Real Thursday

1. Introduce yourself, your blog, and what you’re about in the comment section and a small blurb about what you’re sharing. This way people can get to know you a little bit right off the hop and hopefully follow you as well.

2. Be sure to add a link in your post back to this post otherwise the linky tool will give you an error message. Though it was suggested you add a back link to THIS post in YOUR post, it will now be required. Copy and paste the link in the address bar above and add it to your site before trying to link it here. Otherwise the linky tool will give you an error message. If you have any questions about how to do that, just send me an email and I can walk you through it. Thanks everyone for the support and your involvement in Keep It Real Thursdays! This allows your readers to find other posts that may help them on their journey.

3. If you’re sharing recipes,the ingredient list must be comprised of real food only, that means non-processed food items. That being said, we are all in different places on our real food journey, some more advanced than others. I invite all of you to share, no matter where you are on your journey, but I ask you to stay mindful when sharing your recipes that this is a whole (real) food blog. This means, no ingredient lists that include edible oil products (velveeta, frozen whip topping), protein powders, ketchup, white flour, margarine or white and brown sugar.

4. Less of a rule but more a suggestion: Retweet,  Stumble, or Pin this post so EVERYONE gets more exposure and traffic. It’s win-win for everyone.

Don’t have a blog? That’s ok, we’d still love to hear from you. Write your recipes or tips in the comment section so we can get to know you too!

Now it’s your turn to share your whole food recipes and ideas!



I’m sharing this with Mangia Monday, Monday Mania & My Meatless Monday.

24 Responses to Keep It Real Thursdays – Holiday Recipe Ideas

  1. Jenn Erickson December 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Mmmmm…everything looks so good, but I’m especially excited about that sweet potato! Today I’m happy to be sharing a Hanukkah appetizer and a wonderful holiday dessert. Josh and France, I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season! xx, Jenn

  2. Lauren @ Oatmeal With A Fork December 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Thanks for hosting France! I’ve added my Ooey, Gooey S’more recipe this week. They are vegan and gluten-free! :-)

  3. Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva December 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Thanks France…i love he arti dip, although i certainly wouldn’t qualify it as low cal!! healthier at least….! Have a great week!

  4. Sandi@SandisAllergyFreeRecipes December 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Thanks for the advice last week on my toffee chocolates. This week I’m sharing Spritz cookies and yummy Butter Tart Squares.
    Have a great week!!

  5. Stephanie December 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Thank you for the feature France! I’m sharing 2 seedola recipes this week!

  6. Hannah Healy December 14, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    Thanks for hosting! I shared my recipe for beet and sauerkraut hummus!

    • France Morissette December 14, 2012 at 7:44 am #

      That’s sounds lovely Hannah. I love originality!

  7. mjskit @ mjskitchen.com December 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    Good morning France. Hope you’re having a great week. I’ve been trying to link up for two days, but I keep being told I don’t have a linkback to you from my post. I added one yesterday and just tried to link again and still getting the same message. Do you know what the problem might be? Here’s the page I’m trying to link up. http://mjskitchen.com/2011/12/cranberry-bread/ Thanks for hosting and I hope I can join!

    • France Morissette December 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

      Hi Mj, We looked into it, but I can’t figure out why you’re having difficulties with it. Let me know if you run into problems again next week. If you do we’ll have to look into it further. Thanks for letting us know.

  8. Shelley Alexander December 16, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    Hi France, I hope your having a wonderful weekend! I love all the delicious recipes you picked this week. YUM! Today I shared two recipes: Cinnamon Almond Butter Cookies and Chia Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse. Hope you try them.

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