By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO

The holidays are a special time for me, filled with family, good friends, and great times. This is the time to spread joy, swap stories, and indulge in delectable holiday treats. You’ve probably had the old holiday standbys more times than you can count–sugar cookies, pumpkin or apple pie, fudge, turkey or ham, dinner rolls. Why not try something new this year?

Here are five of my favorite holiday recipes that are sure to add a little spice to your next holiday gathering. They’re even (for the most part!) healthy too! Enjoy.

shredded kale salad from Oh She Glows

Image from Oh She Glows: http://ohsheglows.com/2013/11/25/the-best-shredded-kale-salad/

Make a Kale Convert

This oh-so-tasty kale salad will make a believer out of even the harshest kale critic. Topped with a garlic-lemon dressing and toasted pecan Parmesan (the cheese is swapped with nutritional yeast to make it paleo-friendly), this shredded salad is sure to be a hit.

From Oh She Glows: Click HERE


penne pesto pasta

Pass the Pasta!

It’s creamy, tangy, and full of zest…penne pasta salad with a twist! This recipe comes from Minimalist Baker and can easily be made vegan with vegan Parmesan cheese. What really makes this recipe stand out is the homemade pesto sauce combined with oven-roasted tomatoes. The perfect side dish for any gathering!

From Minimalist Baker: Click HERE


pumpkin pie green smoothie

Pumpkin Pie…In a Glass

Looking for a quick, healthy treat to tide everyone over in between meals? This pumpkin pie green smoothie is just the ticket! Made in minutes with only 6 ingredients, this is an easy way to sneak in a little nutrition while not sacrificing any of the flavor. Also, can you ever really have too much pumpkin?

From Minimalist Baker: Click HERE


rosette Swedish cookies

Image courtesy of Kudos Kitchen by Renee www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

A Nod to Scandinavia

Because they are delicate and take a little extra time to make, rosette cookies are not a common sight on the dessert table (unless you have some dedicated Scandinavian bakers in your family!). I have fond memories of my grandmother making rosettes when I was a child and they will always hold a special place in my heart and on my table. Give them a try this year! These light and airy treats are sure to delight.

From About.com: Click HERE


maple walnut apple crisp dessert

When the Air is Crisp…

…put a crisp on the table! A maple-walnut apple crisp, that is. You’ve had apple crisps before, but this one incorporates light, delicate flavors that perfectly complement each other. The maple syrup adds a depth of flavor, especially if you use 100% real syrup, instead of the artificially-flavored varieties. It’s my favorite holiday dessert and I hope it will become one of yours as well!

From My Recipes.com: Click HERE

 

Have fun mixing it up this year and trying new, tasty dishes. Be adventurous! Go beyond the sugar cookies this year and create something truly memorable.

Wishing you and yours a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season.

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Author: Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.

Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.

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Written by Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the...
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