5 healthy recipes for holiday entertaining

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Beef tenderloin.

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and dinners. Of course, during this time of year, it is hard to stay true to healthy eating with all the extra delicious treats and special cocktails tempting you. To help you mitigate the damage to your waistline, here are five healthy holiday recipes that are delicious and easy to make, both for your own holiday bash and for any potlucks you are attending. Whether you need a full holiday meal or just an appetizer or dessert, we have got you covered.

Kale, Feta & Olive Stuffed Leg of Lamb

This stately meal looks complicated, but is actually quite simple. Marinate the lamb with garlic and lemon and then stuff with onions, greens, feta and olives.

Per serving: 265 calories, 14g fat, 3g carbohydrates, 30g protein, 1g fiber

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Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Ancho Chile Sauce

What makes this roasted beef tenderloin so special is the coffee flavor with a hint of spice from the chiles. Serve with roasted potatoes or buttered noodles for a hearty meal.

Per serving: 162 calories, 6g fat, 4g carbohydrates, 21g protein, 1g fiber

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Curried Butternut Squash Dip

Who says squash is only good for Thanksgiving? This creamy dip with curry and coconut milk will be a breath of fresh air at your December holiday get-togethers.

Per serving: 58 calories, 3g fat, 8g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 2g fiber

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Pear & Arugula Salad with Candied Walnuts

Fancy up a simple pear and arugula salad with homemade candied walnuts, which are easy to make in the oven. Make sure you have parchment paper on hand, and for a little extra flair add a pinch of ground chipotle or cayenne to the walnuts prior to putting them in the oven.

Per serving: 208 calories, 16g fat, 17g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 3g fiber

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Chocolate Tart with Hazelnut Shortbread Crust

Nothing beats a sweet chocolate tart with a crumbly shortbread crust to cap off a nice evening. This recipe makes 10 servings so it is perfect for a large gathering.

Per serving: 268 calories, 16g fat, 29g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 3g fiber

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