Christmas dinners are often carb-laden with various kinds of potatoes and bread on the menu. If you’re following a ketogenic (keto) diet or just trying to eat low carb, the holidays can prove a real challenge. If you can look beyond the starches and wheat, there are still plenty of delicious dishes worthy of a holiday feast. Build a Christmas menu from these appetizer, entree, side dish, and cocktail recipes, and no one will be asking you to pass the potatoes.
Give your hearty holiday meal a bit of brightness by serving a cool and refreshing salad. Crunchy fennel, creamy avocado, and spicy red onion are tossed with fresh lemon juice and olive oil for a super simple salad. The flavors of fresh fennel go nicely with rich roasted meats like goose and pork.
A simple coating of chopped garlic and fresh herbs gives this pork loin roast tons of flavor. Start this recipe several hours before the meal and let rest for a few minutes before slicing to keep the meat moist. For the herbs, a combination of rosemary, sage, and thyme would be holiday-appropriate.
Stuffed with sliced mushrooms, spinach, goat cheese, and sunflower seeds, then grilled, this is not your average turkey dinner. The large stuffed breast will feed a small crowd and there’s no wheat or starch in sight. If desired, add chopped rosemary and thyme to the stuffing for more holiday flavor.
The ideal side dish for meaty mains like beef, chicken, lamb, or duck, creamed spinach is quick and easy to make. This recipe doesn’t use any flour, making it low-carb, but still creamy. A handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese adds a punch of flavor.
High-protein and full of good fat, these deviled eggs swap the typical mayonnaise for avocado. A little cilantro, garlic, and lime juice add the flavors of guacamole, combining two snacks into one. Make this appetizer ahead of time, stick it in the fridge, and pull it out before the Christmas meal to whet everyone’s appetite.
For a simple side dish that will have guests going back for seconds, sauté fresh greens beans and crispy bacon. It’s much lighter than green bean casserole and it’s keto- and low-carb friendly. Add shallots and garlic if you like or swap them for the bacon for a vegetarian dish.
This creamy cauliflower soup is a lovely way to start a Christmas meal. Roasting the florets first gives it something extra and curry powder adds layers of flavor. You can make this soup ahead of time and reheat it when it’s time to serve. Top with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro or parsley leaves.
8. Roast Goose
For a classic Dickensian-style Christmas dinner, prepare a roast goose. The bird is brined overnight (leave out the sugar if you like) for maximum juiciness and roasted slowly. It makes an impressive centerpiece for a festive holiday meal.
Who says you need potatoes to have a gooey, savory gratin? In this keto-friendly side dish, there are no carbs in sight. Tender simmered leeks are baked with cream and cheese until bubbly and browned. Swap out the cheeses with your favorites to make this leek gratin your own.
You can’t have a holiday feast without a good cocktail. Creamy and lightly sweet, the White Christmas Dream goes down easy. Top with a dusting of freshly-grated nutmeg just before serving. If you’re avoiding processed sugar in liqueurs like amaretto, try a honey-sweetened kogel mogel.
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