This guest post was written by Joanna Phillips of Phillips Seafood. Her family has owned their business for four generations. Joanna first blogged for Cooking Light over at The Twelve during our Eat More Fish! Healthy Habits challenge in September.

For the Phillips family, the holidays is one of our favorite times of the year. While we spend a lot of time together throughout the year for Phillips Seafood, the holidays are when we slow down and enjoy each other’s company. And like most families, we love to eat lots of delicious food during Christmas time!

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that crab cakes are a holiday tradition for our family, always making an appearance in some form. Rather than always serve them as a part of the main event, we enjoy making appetizers to enjoy earlier in the day with crab cake minis. We recently tried out Crab Mini Crostini with Artichoke Pesto at a family get-together and it was a big hit – not an easy feat for a family that’s had crab every way imaginable! While the crostini look and sound sophisticated, they’re a total breeze to throw together, which is a real lifesaver for holiday parties.

This holiday season, we want to make sure that our seasonal favorites are healthy as well. Thankfully, we’re lucky enough to have a nutritionist on the Phillips Seafood staff, Alexa Bosshardt, who whips up creations that are as tasty as they are light. I can’t wait to give these Thanksgiving Crab Cakes a try. We love to have a traditional dinner complete with turkey and stuffing at Christmas, so I will definitely be repurposing some leftover stuffing for crab cakes with a holiday twist.

If you’re looking for other ideas on how to serve seafood this time of the year, follow us on Twitter @PhillipsSeafood – I’ll be sharing holiday seafood ideas throughout the season. And from the Phillips family to yours, we wish you very Happy Holidays!