Braised Turkey Roulade with Pancetta, Shallots, and Porcini Gravy
Mushrooms, pancetta, and shallots add worlds of savory depth, while keeping the sugar content very low. This dish is visually stunning and much simpler to carve than a whole turkey. The lean protein will also help balance out the carbohydrates that may be plentiful in the side dishes.
Mixed Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin with Shallot-Port Reduction
An assortment of peppercorns paired with a slightly sweet sauce deepens the flavor of this ultra-tender beef tenderloin. Packed with satiating protein and with very little sugar, this satisfying main will be the star of your spread.
Gram's Clam Dip
Tangy Greek yogurt and cream cheese join forces for a creamy result that does this delicious appetizer justice. Enjoy this low sugar, protein-rich dip with whole grain crackers, pretzels, or raw vegetables.
Broiled Shrimp with Buttermilk Rémoulade
Quick broiled shrimp paired with spicy remoulade dipping sauce is sure to rally a crowd at the appetizer table. This holiday staple is naturally low in sugar and rich in lean protein.
Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball
This retro-chic snack can be served with raw veggies, crackers, or toasted whole grain bread. Medjool dates add natural sweetness and chewy texture, while blue cheese creates the ideal salty, tangy contrast. Bonus: you can prepare it up to two days in advance.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Garlic, and Shallots
Garlic, crispy bacon, and shallots are all you need to add worlds of flavor to Brussels sprouts in this easy, 5-ingredient side-dish recipe. Naturally low in sugar and abound with fiber, this dish is the perfect accompaniment to your holiday spread.
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts
To really jazz up your healthy holiday spread, bring a whole roasted cauliflower to the table, and then "carve" and dress it with a light vinaigrette, pomegranate arils, pine nuts, and parsley. Pomegranate adds a refreshing dose of natural sweetness for minimal added sugar.
Potato and Leek Gratin
This rustic potato side has it all – contrasting flavors, appeasing texture, and a melty, golden crust. The protein and fat present in the milk and cheese balance out the carbohydrates in the potatoes to create a satiating, diabetic-friendly side. Bonus: you can reheat the leftovers in the oven to serve with eggs and fruit the next morning for breakfast.
Almond Butter Chocolate Truffles
Store-bought chocolates fall short compared to these homemade peanut butter and chocolate truffles. Made with almond butter and antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, you can add any toppings you like, such as coconut, chopped nuts, cocoa powder, or dried fruit. For only 6 grams of sugar per serving, the options are plentiful.
Protein-Packed Cheese Board
Nuts and cheese add satiating protein while fruit and dark chocolate add just the right dose of sweetness to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy this nutrient-rich cheese board before or after dinner for only 11 grams of sugar per serving.
Chocolate Stout Brownies
The typical brownie has nearly 20 grams of sugar, masking the rich flavor of cocoa in an overwhelming wave of sweetness. Here, we cut sugar in half for a richer, denser brownie that truly satisfies.