Christmas is such a fantastic time to share food and fun with your family and friends. With a little planning, you can still eat Low Carb over the holiday period and enjoy the festive season. Whether you are taking food with you or hosting your own party, eating low carb isn’t difficult but it does require some planning ahead to make sure you have what you need on hand.
If you are looking for ideas for an easy Christmas or New Years function, try some of the following suggestions –
The most simple, low carb option to start a meal is a delicious platter with a range of cheeses, meats, smallgoods, sausage, cooked or smoked seafood, olives and a range of marinated vegetables. Serve with toothpicks and a cheese knife to make serving easy and you have a perfect start to any meal. https://foodfactsforhealthyeating.com/2018/07/09/low-carb-antipasto-platters/
For a super easy starter that looks fantastic at Christmas try these tomato sliders. You can top these with any ingredients you wish for a tasty starter that can be popped into your guests mouth. Choose firm medium tomato’s that can be sliced and hold the weight of their toppings.
Dips are a fantastic low carb option for entertaining. Freshly made and delicious, these flavour packed dips can be served with strips of vegetables, cauliflower and broccoli florets. Try Italian Pesto, Thai Pesto or Roast Red Capsicum Dip.
Roast meats are an easy option when cooking for a large number of people. All you have to do is time you’re cooking backwards from when you would like to serve the main event, pop it in the oven and let the oven do all the work. Allow about 100g of meat per serve for women and about 150-200g for men. A small to medium roast chicken will serve between 4-6.
Serve these roast meats with a range of baked vegetables including Roast Pumpkin, Rainbow Roast Vegetables, Brussel Sprout Gratin, baked Zucchini Boats, Roasted Beetroot with Caramelised Onion or Hassleback Sweet Potato.
If you prefer cold meats, Ham, cold roast turkey or chicken pieces, salami’s, prawns or smoked salmon are all a good options. Serve with a range of fresh salads using cheese and eggs and you can’t go wrong. Choose salads using water based vegetables such as Tomato Salad with Dukkah, Capsicum Pepperonata Salad or a simple Tomato Tabouli.
I love creating desserts. They not only round off a meal but will be the last experience your guests will take home with them. Desserts that can be made the day before, and then simply put onto a serving dish just before presenting to my guests, are my favourites.
As you know I just love Cheesecake and Cheesecakes are such a perfect choice to create something that looks and tastes amazing. Sugar free cheesecakes can be made either in chilled or baked formats. Served by themselves sprinkled with fresh berries, Strawberry couli or Chantilly cream they always impress. Give these recipes a try. Lemon, Lime & Coconut Cheesecake, Mocha Chocolate Cheesecake, New York Baked Cheesecake.
Another very quick, low carb and decadent dessert is fresh berries and sugar free Chantilly cream. Choose Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries with a dollop of cream. Yum!!!!
Throughout the festive season remember to be kind to yourself. If you do have a break in your diet or enjoy a few to many carbs during the holidays it’s okay. Forgive yourself and allow yourself to enjoy the experience. There is always a new day and a fresh start just around the corner.
To all my followers and readers, I would like to wish you and your families a Very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Years. Thankyou for joining me on this low carb journey over the past year. I’m taking the next few weeks off over the holiday period so I can refocus to bring you lots of new recipes, product reviews, articles and Food Facts next year. Thankyou again and I look forward to sharing with you in 2019.
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