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Susan Maria's Christmas Foods, Recipes & Tips!
This page showcases my personal Bariatric Friendly Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Menus plus I have included links to the No-Sugar Christmas Cookie Collection page and a section with Holiday Favorites that did NOT make my personal menu for this year.
I am already having a wonderful Christmas with family and we hope you are as well. I work very hard to create my holiday menus and family recipes that are appropriate for sharing. Those of you who *Get It* already understand that making my mother Beatrice’s Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies truly embodies what healthier eating and our new lifestyle is all about. You have a few, enjoy the moment and move on. You have changed your life. Please enjoy.
“We celebrate Christmas Eve by having small plates of appetizers rather than a meal. I make seafood as a nod to the traditional Italian seven fishes celebration, and usually poach some large shrimp, make homemade cocktail sauce, and a special cheese plate. We open a bottle of Prosecco and watch a Holiday movie then open our gifts. My family are Christmas Eve ‘gift opening people’ while my husband’s family are Christmas morning folk, lol.”
Christmas Eve Appetizers
Mini Walnut Cheese Balls – Perfect bites, roll them in chopped walnuts, craisins and parsley. Super easy
Shrimp Cocktails – Poach large shrimp and make cocktail sauce – blend Low Sugar Heinz with horseradish, fresh lemon juice & Sriracha
Prosecco – lightly sparkling Italian wine that is perfect for a celebration
Our Christmas Day consists of appetizers followed by a simple plated meal and of course later on we have dessert!
Small Plate Appetizers
Pork Stuffed Mini Peppers – Roasted sweet peppers that have been stuffed with Asian pork mixture – ginger, sesame and garlic. Simple.
BLT Deviled Eggs – The flavors of a BLT in a deviled egg. Perfection.
Warm Artichoke Spread – A much lower fat version of the restaurant dip we all love. Lots more artichokes – still creamy and delicious!
Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad in a Cucumber Bowl – A fancy pants presentation of a simple salad in a cucumber ring that your family or party guests will love.
Roast Eye Round of Beef – Everyone loves Roast Beef! It doesn’t take long to roast and it is economical because it feeds many. The key is to keep it rare and slice it very thin.
Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower – Forget about overpriced ‘cauliflower rice’ slice it into planks and roast it at high temperature to get the edges brown and caramelized.
Cherry Christmas Cheesecake – Holiday showstopper dessert that is sugar free, sweetened with Truvia stevia blend & Splenda! Super creamy. Five ingredients! Boom.