10 anti-holiday recipes that prove the season can be delicious and healthy

The holiday season has arrived with its merry cheer, joyous celebrations, and inevitable indulgence. From Thanksgiving feasts to Christmas cookie exchanges to Aunt Eva’s irresistible jelly donuts, not to mention the leftover Halloween candy that still lingers in the fall and winter feels like a non-stop gorge fest.

Total resistance is pretty pointless and it’s really helpful to give yourself ways to ease the effects of eating-everything around the holidays. Serving smaller amounts of rich, celebratory food and focusing on slowly savoring the flavors is one way. Another is to counter the holiday calorie-bomb meals with some lighter fare in between.

Contrary to popular belief, eating light doesn’t have to be tasteless, boring or unpleasant. And contrary to common practice, meals don’t have to fill an entire plate especially when trying to balance a heavy holiday meal.

It is possible to enjoy the bounties of the season while maintaining a healthy balance. Whether you prefer to eat low-carb or plant-based or gluten-free or everything under the sun, we’ve got you covered with 10 easy, low-calorie meals from across the dietary spectrum.

Each of these recipes has less than 600 calories (most are less) per serving and can be made in less than 30 minutes. And Albertsons makes the search easy Or Organic ingredients you can put right in your shopping cart to make preparing these meals even simpler.


Not quite green eggs and ham, but closeAlbertsons

Breakfast Pan of Greens, Eggs and Ham

273 calories | 20 minutes


1 (5 oz) pkg baby spinach

2 egg

1 clove garlic

4 slices prosciutto

1/2 medium yellow onion

1 vessel zucchini squash

1/8 cup butter, unsalted

1 pinch crushed red pepper

Find full instructions and shopping list here.

cauliflower ham salad bowTurn on your cauliflower power.Albertsons

Creamy Cauliflower Salad with Ham, Celery and Dill

345 calories 20 minutes

1/2 medium head cauliflower

1 stick celery

1/4 small bunch fresh dill

8 oz. ham steakno bones

1/2 garlic

1/4 tspblack pepper

1/4 tsp curry powder

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/4 tsp garlic powder

3 tbsp mayonnaise

1/8 tsp paprika

2 tsp red wine vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

Find full instructions and shopping list here.

tofu on skewers on a plate with coleslawPlant-based food fan? This combo looks delicious. Albertsons

Grilled Chili Tofu Skewers with Ranch Cabbage, Apple, and Cucumber Slaw

568 calories 20 minutes

1 avocado

1/2 English cucumber

1 (12 oz.) package very firm tofu

1 granny smith apples

3 Tbsp (45 ml) Dressing up in the countryside

1/2 (14 oz bag) shredded cabbage (coleslaw mix)

2 tsp chili powder

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

Find full instructions and shopping list here.

frittata in a cast iron skilletSometimes you just have to make a frittata.Albertsons

Bell Pepper, Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato Frittata with Parmesan

513 calories | 25 minutes

6 eggs

1/2 cup Kalamata olivespitted

2 oz Parmesan cheese

1 red bell pepper

1/2 medium red onion

8 assorted tomatoesfull of oil

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp salt

Find full instructions and shopping list here.

plate with slices of grilled chicken and a caprese saladCaprese, if you like.Albertsons

Balsamic Grilled Chicken with Classic Caprese Salad

509 calories 25 minutes

3/4 lb chicken breast, skinless boneless

1/2 small pkg fresh basil

1/2 (8 oz pkg) fresh mozzarella cheese

1 clove garlic

3 tomatoes

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

4 3/4 pinches black pepper

1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

3/4 tsp salt

Find full instructions and shopping list here.

four stuffed mushrooms on a plateThese mushrooms look positively poppable.Albertsons

Warm Goat Cheese, Parmesan, and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Mushrooms

187 calories | 35 minutes

1/2 lb Cremini mushrooms

1 clove garlic

1/2 (4 oz) log goat cheese

1/4 cup Parmesan cheeseshredded

2 assorted tomatoesfull of oil

1 1/4 pinch crushed red pepper

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp Italian seasoning

2 pinches salt

Find full instructions and shopping list here.

plate with an open English muffin with goat cheese and sliced ​​baby tomatoes on topMove over, avocado toast. English muffin pizzas have arrived.Albertsons

English Muffin Pizzas with Basil Pesto, Goat Cheese and Tomatoes

327 calories 10 minutes

3 Tbsp (45 ml) basil pesto

2 English muffins

1/2 (4 oz) log goat cheese

1/2 pint grape tomatoes

3/4 pinch black pepper

2 pinches salt

Find full instructions and shopping list here.

pita pocket on a plate full of vegetables, meat and cheeseThis pita pocket has a colorful punch.Albertsons

Warm Pita Pocket with Turkey, Cheddar, Roasted Red Peppers and Parsley

313 calories | 20 minutes

1/4 (8 oz) block cheddar cheese

1/2 bunch Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

4 oz oven roasted turkey breast, sliced

1/2 (12 oz) jar roasted red bell pepper

1 whole grain pita

3/4 pinch black pepper

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp mayonnaise

Find full instructions and shopping list here.

plate with toast topped with avocado and topped with prosciuttoDid we say, “Move over, avocado toast?” We mean “Throw some prosciutto on it!” Albertsons

Avocado Toast with Crispy Prosciutto

283 calories | 10 minutes

1 avocado

2 slices prosciutto

2 slices whole grain bread

1 5/8 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp onion powder

Find full instructions and shopping list here.

bowl of chili with cheese and green onions on topVegetarian chili with a fall twistAlbertsons

Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili with Cheddar

444 calories 30 minutes

2 (15 oz cans) black beans

1/2 (8 oz) block cheddar cheese

2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes

2 cloves garlic

2 green pepper

1 small bunch green onions (scallions)

1 (15 oz) can pure pumpkin pure

1 vessel yellow onion

1/2 tsp black pepper

5 7/8 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp cumin, earth

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp virgin coconut oil

Find full instructions and shopping list here.

For more delicious and healthy recipes, visit albertsons.com/recipes.

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