December 27, 2021

5 Refreshing and Light Recipes for After the Holidays

December is often an indulgent month filled with Christmas treats, large dinners, and other hearty meals. With the holiday season coming to an end, it may seem appealing to return to some lighter dishes and nutritious foods. Keep reading and discover refreshing and light recipes for after the holidays.

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Citrus Kissed Rice and Kale Salad with California Prunes 

What could be more refreshing than a zesty, nutrition-packed salad? The Citrus Kissed Rice and Kale Salad with California Prunes is a quick and easy salad, perfect for a light lunch or dinner. California Prunes, kale, rice, and orange juice are just some of the ingredients that make up this delicious salad. Want to give it an extra kick? Add a dash of hot pepper sauce for a bit of spice! 

Split Pea Avocado Mash Tostadas

Get playful with your favorite greens with the help of a popular, Mexican dish – the tostada. The key to this dish? The creamy and smooth (almost hummus-like) avocado mash is pulsed together with split peas, garlic, onion, lime, and cilantro. Topped with freshly chopped radishes and cucumber, these tostadas check all the boxes: they look good, taste good, and make you feel good!

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Whether you are vegetarian or not, these stuffed peppers are ones to remember. What is their filling made of? A flavorful mushroom quinoa mixture combined with kale, Montmorency U.S. Tart Cherries, and garbanzo beans. The savory dish is topped off with a garnish of walnut halves and tart cherry reduction, creating a perfect texture and burst of flavor. 

Miso Collard Wrap

Wrap up the year, and your favorite veggies, with these Miso Collard Wraps. This fresh and healthy wrap is packed with flavorful, miso-infused brown rice and a rainbow of vegetables. All wrapped up in large collard green leaves, these snackable goodies are ready to roll for almost any occasion. Perfect for packed lunches, party platters, or outdoor activities, this is a veggie-lovers delight.

Walnut Balsamic Spinach Salad

Want a refreshing recipe, but aren’t ready to let go of the holiday season? The Walnut Balsamic Spinach Salad makes it possible to take delicious, winter favorites and highlight them in a nutritious and fresh way. This classic spinach salad is dressed up with Candied California Walnuts, blue cheese, pear, prosciutto, and pomegranate arils. Enjoy!