14 special but healthy meals to help you celebrate without the stodge

It’s the festive season, which means plenty of celebratory meals ahead. It also means living in fear of emerging out the other side with a physique resembling Santa Claus. But there is a way to enjoy the season to be jolly without resorting to a New Year’s resolution to never eat again. Try these meals that say ‘special celebration’ without saying, ‘I can no longer zip up my pants’.

Seafood sensations

Gotta love seafood. It always tastes like a celebration, yet it’s so light and packed full of goodness.

1. Asian salmon salad

A delicious hunk of salmon nestled on a zesty bed of vermicelli noodles and bok choy. Don’t mind if we do!

2. Avocado and prawn salad

Nothing says ‘party’ like a prawn or two! Teamed with some creamy avocado and a hit of citrus, you’ll feel decadent and indulgent – but your hips won’t. Amen to that.

3. Baked salmon with orange and ginger

Not sure what the best thing about this dish is – how healthy it is, how good it tastes or how easy it is to make. Needless to say, it’s a winner all round.

4. Prawn, watermelon and feta salad

Whether it’s as an entree, a side or a deliciously light and fresh main meal, you’ll wonder why you never tried this fantastic flavour combination before.


Not-so-paltry poultry offering

We all know chicken is good for us, and these recipes also show that it is anything but boring.

5. Lemon and garlic roast chicken

You’ll be so busy relishing this delicious roast meal that you’ll totally forget about how healthy it is for you. Just as well your body is paying attention.

6. Macadamia-crusted chicken

Whoever invented the macadamia crust, we salute you. Well, we would, but we’re using both our hands to eat our divine (and let’s not forget, healthy!) macadamia-crusted chicken.

7. Stuffed roast quail

Don’t bypass this recipe thinking it’s too tricky or fiddly, it’s ultra-easy to make and the result is uber-special.

8. Chicken and mango salad

For a summertime celebratory lunch meal, you can’t get much more perfect than this light yet luscious salad. And dare we say a glass of crisp white wine to wash it down with …


Meat up for a special meal

These tasty lamb and beef dishes have the protein power to fill you up and keep you satisfied, with none of the stodge.

9. Garlic and rosemary BBQ lamb

A barbie is a great way to cook for a special occasion, and also (if you do it right) a healthy option. This, my friends, is doing it right.

10. BBQ ribs

BBQ ribs, healthy? Would we steer you wrong? Get that paper bib on, quick sticks!

11. Thai beef salad with nam jim

Delicate strips of beef and a spicy zesty topping means this is one salad that won’t leave you secretly wanting a burger afterwards.

12. Pan-fried lamb salad with tzatziki

What turns a lamb salad from a healthy meal into a celebration worth remembering? A dollop of tzatziki, that’s what. Try it. You’ll see.


Vegetarian meals to remember

These meat-free options are worthy of the grandest occasion.

13. Roasted vegetable stack with tomato relish

A feast for the eyes – and the tastebuds – and worthy of any feast!

14. Vegetarian eggplant rolls with tomato basil sauce

One of those deliciously decadent dinners that you’d never think was also kind to your waistline. Better yet, it’s cheap as chips to make for those of us celebrating on a budget.


  1. Bevik1971 06/01/2019 at 10:51 pm

    Yum I much prefer these types of recipes anyway. We have lived on different kinds of salads with a bit of meat thrown in for good measure. I’d much rather not eat the normal stodgy Christmas food 😋

  2. dawnblyth 06/01/2019 at 10:41 pm

    Having alternative options is always great and these recipes look great.

  3. Shelz69 06/01/2019 at 1:04 pm

    I tried the Macadamia-crusted chicken last night and it was amazing. I do love Macadamia nuts though but they are not cheap so would probably try again with some other nut. Maybe a pine nut and try some pesto crusted chicken or similar

  4. Alezandra 05/01/2019 at 11:04 pm

    Baked Salmon with Ginger and Orange seems like a good idea. I love salmon but haven’t tried this combination before. I also used to think that vegetarian dishes are boring but these 2 recipes are mouthwatering too.

  5. Shorrty4life1 03/01/2019 at 6:31 pm

    Yumm avacardo and prawn salad now that sounds delicious. Some great recipes for meals this summer right here. Definitely will be coming back here and printing these out for meals before summer ends. Nice healthy eating also so why not.

  6. kymmage 31/12/2018 at 2:15 pm

    Those bbq ribs are following me around the site. I need them in my life. Prawn and watermelon salad sounds delicious as does chicken and mango. So many great flavour combos. Yum!!

  7. felicity beets 23/12/2018 at 5:09 pm

    The Thai Beef salad looks delicious – I would like to try this for a summer dinner.

  8. Micht 21/12/2018 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the fresh recipes… we love seafood and especially prawns..we do indulge at Christmas but always great to prepare differently…

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