For many Australian families, Christmas is a compromise of old and new traditions. This year why not give your feast a healthy makeover with some seasonal, Australian produce.

In popular culture Christmas is characterised by turkey feasts, rich potato bakes, eggnog and mulled wine. While this may be the case for our Northern Hemisphere friends, a summer Christmas doesn’t quite suit the same menu.

Here is a list of quick and easy meal ideas to compliment your classic Christmas menu.

  1. Watermelon, feta and mint salad

This healthy and deliciously seasonal salad is the perfect salty/sweet paring for your BBQ prawns.
Simply dice some watermelon, roughly chop some mint, crumble some feta and drizzle with a balsamic glaze.
You can also add cucumber to the mix which is a cooling accompaniment on an extra hot day.

  1. Char grilled Broccoli and Brussel sprout salad with quinoa and grilled halloumi

This Christmas swap the starchy baked vegetables for a lighter and healthier side dish that will still fill and feed the masses. Especially if you celebrate Christmas at lunchtime eating excess amounts of potato and pumpkin will make you feel lethargic and bloated.

Instead offer your guests a healthy dose of greens while still tantalising their taste buds.
See Donna Hay’s easy free recipe guide

  1. Non- Alcoholic Cranberry Punch

Make sure you offer your guests enticing non-alcoholic drinks this Christmas day. Instead of sugar filled soft drinks, get creative and serve fruit and herb infused waters or step it up and try a healthy punch.

This cranberry and orange flavoured punch is perfectly festive.

  • Slightly thaw a packet of frozen cranberries then blend with a splash of water
  • Use a strainer to remove any pulp and to separate the fresh cranberry concentrate (much healthier than using cranberry juice cocktail)
  • Use a pitcher and combine 1.5L of sparking water with the fresh cranberry concentrate.
  • Juice 2 oranges and combine (using a strainer to avoid pulp and seeds)
    Top with whole frozen cranberries (replaces the need for ice cubes and won’t dilute the flavour)
  • Garnish with sliced oranges
  1. Grilled peaches with vanilla ice-cream

Stone fruits are perfect at this time of the year. Instead of labouring over a sticky date pudding simply halve a big batch of peaches and throw them face down on the BBQ for a smoky/sweet after lunch treat.

You can make this recipe with nectarines, plums, apricots and bananas too – which are also in season.
Follow the recipe here
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