Potluck! 5 healthy holiday recipes for your potluck party

healthy holiday recipes

healthy holiday recipes

Surprise your guests or friends at the next potluck party with these 5 healthy and delicious recipes. This will keep you on track to reach your fitness goals without missing out on all the fun. 

Roasted almonds with rosemary

The perfect appetizer: hearty almonds tossed in olive oil, seasoned with rosemary and salt and roasted in the oven until golden brown … can you already feel the delicious aroma in your nose? Best of all: Almonds are full of healthy fats and fiber – they are not only good for you, but also for your figure! 


  • 500g almonds (untreated)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary (dried and crushed)

That’s how it works:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ° C.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until the almonds are completely coated in the spices. 
  3. Spread the almonds on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Roast the almonds in the oven for 10 minutes, then mix them once and roast them for an additional ~ 10 minutes. Make sure they don’t turn too dark brown. 
  5. Let the almonds cool and then store them in an airtight container in a Tupperware container.

Christmas chili sin carne

A hearty chili sin carne also makes the hearts of vegan guests beat faster. This recipe is prepared in under 30 minutes and is not only delicious and heartwarming but also good for you. Perfect for showing your loved ones something completely new. 


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (powder or chopped)
  • 1 carrot (cut into small pieces)
  • 150g mushrooms (diced)
  • 1 jalapeno or chili pepper, chopped
  • 150g tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 can of corn (about 150g)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (not very hot, be careful with the degree of heat!)
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin 
  • 300ml tomato sauce
  • 1 can (400ml / 240g) kidney beans
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • Coriander as decoration
  • Avocado in slices as a decoration

That’s how it works: 

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrot, mushrooms, and jalapeno. Then sweat the vegetables until they are soft and translucent.
  2. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato, tomato sauce, all the beans/chickpeas, and honey and cook for another 10 minutes until the contents of the pot are slightly reduced.
  4. Arrange the finished dish with sliced ​​coriander and avocado slices as a decoration.

Danish meatballs ( meatballs )

An absolute classic in northern regions and a modification of the popular Köttbullar.


  • 800g minced meat (50/50 beef/pork)
  • 1 onion (grated)
  • 75g breadcrumbs or breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • ½ teaspoon of grated sage leaves
  • 100ml milk
  • 50ml water
  • Butter for frying

That’s how it works: 

  1. Mix the minced meat with all the other ingredients except the water and milk. Use your hands to knead.
  2. Slowly add the milk and sparkling water to liquefy the consistency. The meatballs should be slightly sticky. Put a good amount of butter in a large pan. Form a tablespoon-sized meatball out of the mass and drop it into the pan.
  3. Fry the meatball over medium heat until golden brown. You can press the meatball down lightly with a fork so that it flattens out and looks like a juicy burger. Turn the meatball after 3-5 minutes. Add a little more butter to the pan with each new batch. Et voilà!

Cinnamon-roasted butternut squash s

With this dish, you can turn the wintry butternut squash into a real feast! Just think of juicy, lightly caramelized pumpkin cubes in cinnamon and maple syrup. Lightly seasoned with fresh rosemary it is a real culinary delight.


  • 1 butternut squash, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • Fresh rosemary

That’s how it works:

  1. Butter two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Take a large bowl and mix the pumpkin cubes with the remaining ingredients (except for the rosemary) until the pumpkin is well covered.
  2. Spread the pumpkin cubes on the two baking sheets. The individual cubes should not lie on top of each other and should have a little space.
  3. Bake the two pumpkin-covered baking trays in the oven at 200 ° C. After 15 minutes, turn the pumpkin cubes and put them back in the oven.
  4. Bake until the pumpkin is tender (about another 15 minutes). Take the cubes out of the oven and dress them with fresh rosemary.

Chocolate and cherry tofu parfait

Cherries and chocolate are not only a real hit with the Black Forest cake. A harmonious interplay of sweetness and acidity gives this dish its delicious note. Small parfait glasses ensure the optimal portion size. By the way, cherries are not only delicious but also healthy and full of antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. 



1 pack of soft tofu

75ml maple syrup or agave syrup

75ml coconut oil, liquid

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

150g cherries (pitted)

½ teaspoon of salt

150g vegan chocolate biscuits or speculoos of your choice


150g cherries (pitted) 

50g raw cane sugar

That’s how it works:

  1. Put the chocolate biscuits/speculoos in a blender or food processor and blend until they are fine crumbs. Distribute the biscuit crumbs evenly between the 4 parfait glasses and save about 2 tablespoons of biscuit crumbs for the topping.
  2. Put the ingredients for the filling in a blender and blend until the consistency is even.
  3. Pour the filling over the cookie crumbs in the parfait glasses. Scatter the leftover cookie crumbs over each glass. Cover the jars with plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator. 
  4. For the cherry topping: Put the cherries and sugar in a small saucepan and heat them over medium to high heat. Stir quickly until the mixture bubbles and the sugar melts. Let the contents of the pot simmer for about 2-3 minutes, until the cherries are softened into a kind of jam. Take the saucepan off the stove and pour the amount into a separate bowl. Let them cool down briefly.
  5. Chill the filling and cherry topping until both have set (at least half an hour)
  6. When you serve, put the cherry topping on the filling and decorate with leftover biscuit crumbs or the like if necessary.

Dinner is served!

Your holiday buffet doesn’t have to overturn your progress over the past few months. With these healthy snacks and dishes, you will be the star of the next buffet – or your very own potluck party. Try it out and give us your feedback in the comments!