Remake of Traditional Holiday Recipes to Suit Chronic Conditions

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If you are currently living with a chronic health condition, sticking to foods that are good for you can be a challenge, particularly around the holidays. HealthCentral took some traditional holiday recipes and gave them a makeover to create delicious dishes that everyone can enjoy.

Diabetes and celiac disease

If you or someone you care about is living with diabetes, you are concerned about excessive carbohydrate intake to control blood sugar. Try one of these simple recipes that contain less than 30 grams of carbohydrates per serving. They are also gluten-free if you or someone in your household is managing celiac disease.

Citrus Dijon Ham

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Ingredients:

  • 1 fully-cooked, spiral cut, bone-in ham (approximately 15 lbs.)
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 8-ounce jar orange marmalade
  • Zest of one orange
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place the ham into a roasting pan. Blend remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pour the glaze over the ham and bake for approximately one hour or until glazed is browned.

Maple Almond Roasted Carrots

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs. peeled baby carrots
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle olive oil onto baking sheet. Add carrots and stir to coat. Drizzle carrots with maple syrup and salt and toss to coat. Roast carrots in a single layer until tender (10-15 minutes). Sprinkle raisins on top and return to oven for 15 minutes. Stir in almonds and roast for an additional 10-15 minutes or until carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and stir in pomegranate seeds and chives before serving.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

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Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 head roasted garlic
  • 4 tablespoons pesto
  • 4 tablespoons coconut cream

Directions:

Boil cauliflower until tender (10-15 minutes). Add cooked cauliflower, garlic, pesto, and coconut cream to a food processor and process until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Inflammatory conditions

If you are suffering from an inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, eating foods that decrease inflammation can help to control symptoms. Foods high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and may be beneficial in controlling the symptoms of inflammation.

Grilled Citrus Salmon

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Ingredients:

  • 4 salmon fillets (approximately 6 oz. each)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rub salmon filets with 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle coriander, salt, and pepper on top of each filet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until fish is opaque and flakes easily. While salmon is baking, combine orange juice and lime juice in a small skillet and cook on high heat for approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in sugar, mustard, and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle on top of cooked salmon and serve.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Grapes (yes, grapes!)

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Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts
  • 3 pounds seedless red grapes
  • 4 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread Brussels sprouts over two rimmed baking sheets and toss with olive oil, thyme, and grapes. Roast until tender (approximately 20 minutes). Drizzle each tray with 1 teaspoon Balsamic vinegar and toss in walnuts.

Spicy Pecans

These treats make a great snack or holiday gift.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Directions:

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and bake 5-7 minutes or until golden. In small bowl, combine sugar, salt, garlic powder, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add nuts and stir to coat with oil. Add seasoning mix, stirring until nuts are coated. Remove and place on a paper towel to cool before storing.

The bottom line

With a few simple substitutions, holiday dishes can be modified to accommodate anyone’s unique nutritional needs. Talk with your physician or consult a registered dietitian if you need more guidance on healthy eating while living with a chronic health condition. A well-balanced diet can dramatically impact the way you feel, increase your energy level, and improve your overall health.

See more helpful articles:

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8 Tips for Healthy Holiday Baking Substitutions

20 Substitutes for Gluten-Free Baking