Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Learn how to prepare a festive and nutritious Christmas dinner with these easy and delicious recipes from Diets2Go.

Christmas dinner is a cherished tradition. A time when friends and family gather to share laughter, stories, and, of course, a delightful feast. It's the heart of the festive season, filled with joy and the aroma of delicious food.

But... what should you cook?

You need scrumptious food that's also quick to prepare and healthy. With a sea of recipes out there, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and lost. Well, don't worry! We've curated three fantastic recipes to elevate your Christmas dinner, making it festive and enjoyable.


Recipes for a Festive and Nutritious Christmas Dinner

These three recipes are perfect for a delicious and traditional Christmas dinner with a slightly modern touch. They include the traditional turkey main course, a vegetarian entree, and a zesty salad.

Let's go through one by one.


Roasted Turkey With Lemon and Herbs

No Christmas feast is complete without a roasted turkey. This recipe uses lemon, garlic, and fresh herbs to give the turkey a zesty and aromatic flavour.

You will need:

  • 1 (12-pound) turkey, giblets and neck removed
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 quarts water
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1 head of garlic, halved
  • 1 bunch each of fresh thyme, rosemary, and sage
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Brine the turkey overnight in water, salt, sugar, lemon, garlic, and herbs.
  2. The next day, preheat the oven to 190°C. Rinse and dry the turkey.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice over the turkey and stuff with lemon, garlic, and spices. Tie the legs together and tuck the wings under. Rub butter, salt, and pepper over the skin.
  4. Cover the turkey with foil and roast for 2 hours, basting every 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the foil and increase the oven temperature to 220°C. Roast for another 30 minutes or until the turkey is golden brown and cooked thoroughly.
  6. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes before carving.
  7. Serve with gravy and cranberry sauce.


Vegetarian Mushroom Wellington

This vegetarian main course is a pastry-wrapped loaf filled with mushrooms, lentils, cheese, and nuts. Lots of goodies with fewer calories, making it perfect for a guilt-free festive meal.

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons each of fresh thyme and rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup cooked green lentils
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling


  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened and golden.
  2. Add the mushrooms, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper and cook until browned and dry.
  3. Add the cranberry juice and simmer until absorbed.
  4. Pulse the mixture in a food processor until chopped.
  5. Stir in the lentils, walnuts, parsley, and parmesan cheese. Season to taste.
  6. Preheat the oven to 205°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Roll out the puff pastry into a rectangle. Spoon the mushroom filling over the centre and fold the edges over.
  8. Flip the pastry over and transfer it to the baking sheet. Cut slits in the top of the pastry and brush with egg. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and puffed.
  10. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


Cranberry and Pecan Wild Rice Salad

This salad isn't just perfect for your Christmas Day menu. You can whip this together whenever you have guests over for lunch and don't feel like cooking up a storm. This festive salad has wild rice, cranberries, pecans, and a tangy orange dressing.

You will need:

  • 4 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Toss the wild rice, cranberries, pecans, and parsley in a large bowl.
  2. Take another smaller bowl and whisk the olive oil, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, and Dijon mustard.
  3. Drizzle this dressing over the rice mixture and give it a good toss to ensure everything is evenly coated.
  4. Sprinkle salt and pepper as needed, and you're good to go.
  5. This salad can be served warm or cold.

These recipe ideas are perfect for anyone looking for a festive and delicious Christmas dinner. They're easy to make and use seasonal ingredients and flavours. Plus, you can easily tweak them for different dietary needs, especially halal.


Enjoy a Festive and Nutritious Christmas Dinner With Diets2Go

If you need a festive and nutritious Christmas lunch & dinner feast but have no time for meal prep, Diets2Go has your back. Our menu offers a range of easy and healthy recipes that use fresh ingredients to satisfy everyone's taste buds.

From succulent Moroccan chicken to spicy jerk steak, we have plenty more delicious options available. Our meal prep services will help you enjoy delicious meals without spending hours planning, buying groceries, and cooking.

If that sounds like something you’d want for Christmas, contact us today.