The 4 Best Healthy, High-Protein Christmas Recipes (From My Granny)

Today I have for you the best healthy high protein Christmas recipes you can conjure up when you want to leave your friends and family drooling, while still getting all that good protein in there, and keeping it healthy overall, I will also include a Vegan\Vegetarian recipe that’s sure to bring you the good mood and the gains, so keep reading!

The 4 Best Healthy Christmas Recipes

1) High Protein Christmas Turkey Rollchristmasturkey

Let us start with this protein-packed treat, which is a classic, but today we’ll bump it up in terms of health, goodness and amount of protein…yeah, because the turkey itself isn’t enough for us gains connoisseurs.

The ingredients are:

  • Turkey breast
  • Baked Ham
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Provolone (Provola is better) \ or Emmental Cheese 
  • Black pepper
  • Onion
  • Potato (1)
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Egg (1)
  • Grated parmesan
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Flatten the turkey breast with a meat tenderizer or something akin, season both sides with black pepper and salt and put it to rest in the fridge.
  2. In the meantime, clean and peel the potatoes and the carrots with the onion and the celery, then prepare a pot and bring to a boil and let them cook for twelve minutes.
  3. Drain the vegetables and start mashing them clumsily with a fork, then add half a teaspoon of salt, 3 tablespoons of grated parmesan, break the baked ham in it along with the cheese of your choice, the boiled egg (be generous with the ham!) mince and add the parsley, set aside the mixture.
  4. Take out the turkey from the fridge and place it on a baking sheet, with some baking paper and cover the meat with bread crumbs until well coated.
  5. Spread the turkey and then start scooping the veggies\ham mixture on it, spreading it evenly then make a roll out of it.
  6. Add more bread crumbs to the outside of the roll and drizzle well with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  7. Wrap the roll inside the baking paper like it’s a big candy and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C° for 30 minutes, once it’s done turn off the oven and let it rest inside for a bit, then cut into slice and serve.

Enjoy.

2) Oven-baked “Mezze Maniche”

Healthy high protein christmas recipes, yummy baked pasta
I LITERALLY made these the other day, but I forgot to take a picture, so you now get a generic baked pasta from a stock photo. Exciting!

As an Italian, I couldn’t let you go away without giving you my personal pasta recipe which is super healthy and full of proteins, so you can enjoy a carb treat without worrying too much about it while knowing that all your protein needs are satisfied.

The ingredients for this amazing and comfy pasta recipe are:

  • “Mezze Maniche” Pasta (Whole wheat, recommended)
  • Ground Beef
  • Butter, a knob
  • Bechamel 50ml
  • Frozen Peas
  • Tomato Puree (Passata)
  • Nutmeg
  • Black Pepper
  • Oil (2 Tbsp)
  • Carrot
  • Parsley
  • Parmesan
  • Eggs (2)
  • Bread Crumbs (Whole wheat, if you can)
  • Sliced cheese (your choice!)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put some butter into a bigger saucepan and brown the ground beef with it for about 15 minutes, then mix the Bechamel and some black pepper to taste, set aside.
  2. Finely chop the carrot and mix the frozen peas in another pan and let them cook for 15 minutes as well, then add the chopped parsley and the Passata, cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Start preparing a pot with some water, bring to a boil and add the pasta, cook it until al dente. 
  4. Take a bowl and put the Mezze Maniche in, add the peas mixture in and mix, then add half of the meat mixture and mix again.
  5. Take a baking tray and grease it with butter and some bread crumbs while starting to add a pasta layer and crumble some of the boiled eggs on them followed by black pepper, parmesan and the sliced cheese, repeat the process with each layer and until the tray’s full and you finish the mixture.
  6. Onto the final layer add the 2 tablespoons of oil and top it with grated parmesan and bread crumbs for that nice crispy crust.
  7. Put in a preheated oven at 170C°(325F°) for 10/13 minutes.

3) High-Protein Xmas Minestrone

minestrone

How about a veggie delight packed with minerals, vitamins and awesome proteins for our friends veggie lovers out there? this wintery Minestrone has everything you need to make you feel amazing. The vegetarian option here only comes into place when we’re talking about the parmesan that’s in the recipe, otherwise this is vegan, and an EXPLOSION of flavors and goodness for your body.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Onion (1)
  • Celery (1 stalk)
  • Potatoes
  • Carrot
  • Peas (fresh or frozen)
  • Kidney Beans
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Lentils
  • Zucchini
  • Parsley
  • Olive Oil (Extra virgin)
  • Tomatoes
  • Red Cabbage
  • Squash\Pumpkin
  • Rosemary (1 little branch)
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Peel and wash all the vegetables, from the pumpkin take out the seeds, then dry the vegetables and start cutting them into chunks\little cubes, set them aside for now.
  2. Start to gently cook the carrot, the onion and the celery with 2 tbsp of olive oil for about 10 minutes, when softened, add all the beans and the Rosemary in it.
  3. Cover with water and then add the pumpkin, the cabbage, the potatoes & the lentils.
  4. After 20 minutes or so add the zucchini, the tomatoes and the peas, and let them cook for about 3 minutes, add the parsley and salt and pepper to your taste.
  5. Take out the rosemary, the Minestrone is ready, finish it with some olive oil and a sprinkle of parmesan if you like.

4) Italian Protein Packed Meatballs “Polpette”

Homemade meatballs couldn't be missing from this healthy high protein christmas recipes list!
These are the meatballs that I made out of my mini-recipe book that you can get FOR FREE by purchasing my amazing fitness guide (Sorry for the pic’s quality, but my camera isn’t the best, consider donating so I can afford something cool.)

What did you expect?
Since I’m Italian I can’t restrain myself from providing you a meatball recipe. This comes straight from my grandma, but with some healthier tweaks that don’t make compromises with the flavour! and after all, I’ve already included a few italian recipes in here already, so why not.

Now, you need to know that I don’t give THE EXACT quantities of the ingredients in my recipes as you’ve probably seen. In our family we do things “by eye” as that’s how most Italian families operate. So DON’T WORRY ABOUT QUANTITIES AND WEIGHING EVERYTHING! FOOL!

INGREDIENTS:
Meatballs

  • 1KG [2 pounds?] of Ground Turkey (If you can, ask your butcher to make it for you)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • Bread crumbs – (You can either use whole wheat for a heartier flavor\ white for something lighter)
  • Fresh Parsley (dried works too… 😦 )
  • Fresh Basil (dried works too… 😦 )
  • Parmesan Cheese (Be generous with it) \ You can use Pecorino for an Intense Flavour, TRY IT!
  • Garlic Cloves (dried if you can’t 😦 )
  • 1 Big Onion. (Red kind) ½ for Meatballs ½ For Sauce

For The Salsa (Sauce):

  • Olive oil (2 Tbsp, Extra Virgin if you can)
  • Some of the garlic
  • Some of the onion
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper (A spicy dried pepper works great too.(
  • Thyme
  • Origano (It’s called Origano in Italian, not Oregano!)
  • Canned Tomatoes, crushed (EVEN BETTER take some tomatoes and mince them yourself) OR Passata, (Tomato Sauce).
  • *OPTIONAL* A Red Bell (sweet) Pepper.

DIRECTIONS:

Let’s start with the sauce.

1. Dice up your onion (*pepper) Sautee it with oil for a few minutes, then add garlic and stir. Cook for a few minutes while stirring.

2. Add your tomato and all the seasonings (See ingredients) bring up to a bubbly boil, then turn the heat down and let them gently simmer while you make the meatballs.

Meatballs.

3. In a large bowl put your ground meat of choice, eggs, chopped basil, bread crumbs, minced garlic, parsley, pecorino\parmigiano and onion together. (use parmigiano for more proteins) and mix until everything is well combined.

4. Once everything is well-mixed, you can start shaping the meatballs. They should be around the size of a golf ball.

5. Now while everything’s still hot and bubbly, you can start placing each meatball in the boiling sauce, make sure the sauce’s enough to keep the meatballs completely covered.

6. Then be sure to turn the heat on LOW & let them cook for about 2\3 Hours for a more enhanced flavor. (They don’t usually need THIS long, but they’ll taste better if you do cook them longer)

Enjoy the GAINZ AND THE ASTONISHING FLAVOR! YUM!

And have a mighty Christmas.

3 Healthy & Cozy Fall Snacks Alternatives You Can’t Miss

 

Fall is upon us, the time for warm cozy blankets and hot pipin’chocolate while outside is raining and pouring as well as spooky stuff is here. That means that you’ll have to stuff your face with some awesome Halloween inspired candy and snacks! but what if you’re particularly attentive to your health? Worry not because today I’ve got some healthy alternatives so you can keep it clean and lean around your waist, without compromising the taste, in fact these healthy candy alternatives are even tastier than the junk!

3 Healthy Fall Snacks Alternatives

1) Simple But Yummy Pumpkin Spiced Latte

one healthy halloween candy alternative, my pumpkin spiced latte

Until two years ago I didn’t even know what this Pumpkin Spiced Latte was, being Italian, I was confused with the “latte” part, since it means milk in my language…but then I decided to enter the rabid hole and discovered a world of good, and it instantly became my go-to autumn\Halloween comfort drink.

The version i’m going to share with you is my personal version (which is not much different from the original recipe) that lacks all the processed ingredients and sugar unlike the Starbucks one, it’s very easy to do unlike some other recipes you find on the web. The portions i’m going to give you are solely an example, adjust them to your needs.

Now let’s see the ingredients:

  • Pumpkin Puree (I’ll teach you how to make your own, it’s easy, read on)
  • 2 Cups Milk (I reccomend you use normal milk, but you can use also soy milk, almond milk, oats, ecc… but whole fat, and skimmed milk work THE BEST because they really give that richness needed)
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Maple Syrup 2/3 Tablespoons, depending on how sweet you like it!
  • Whipped Cream (just for garnish! the goal here is to keep it healthy!)
  • Cocoa Powder\Coffee Powder

DIRECTIONS:

Pumpkin Puree: Buy some round pumpkin which is usually sweeter and it’s perfect for this recipe, make your own puree, it’s easy, scoop out the seeds and bake the sliced pumpkin for 45min until soft, then blend it all until it’s a puree.

Pumpkin Spice: Make your own by blending ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, cloves and allspice together.

Now that you’re all set, start by adding the milk and the pumpkin puree to a saucepan over low\medium heat. Heat until hot, but DO NOT bring to a boil, otherwise you’ll ruin it, remove the saucepan from the heat and start whisking the milk and the puree, when it’s all mixed up properly slowly add the maple syrup and start whisking again, add the Pumpkin Spice at the end and then whisk, OR if you want it less strong add it as a garnish along with the whipped cream in a mug, for the spooky touch you can hover a bat-shaped cookie cutter, or whatever you have over the whipped cream and dust it with some cocoa powder, enjoy.

2) Healthy Almonds & Peanuts Mini Choco Cups

mixed nuts covered in chocolate as a healthy halloween candy alternative

Once upon a time, sweets were a simple thing, and it’s truth that the best things are the little (and simple) things. I first discovered this recipe from my mother, when she suddenly made these cups out of nowhere in the middle of summer, but I think these are amazing because they combine the savory from the nuts and the Halloween candy aspect from the sweet of the chocolate.

Another great thing about these little fellas is that they require little to no ingredients and equipment so they’re great if you’re broke on or a budget for some kind of reason, and they’re super-easy to make.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Peanuts, Almonds (You can also add other nuts to the mix, or dried fruit if you like!)
  • Dark Chocolate (Minimum 70% if you want to keep the sweet in there, I personally would use even 100% because I don’t care)
  • Silicone Halloween-Themed Molds

DIRECTIONS: Break the chocolate into pieces and start melting it down in a bain-marie on low heat, when the chocolate is melted and silky smooth pour it in a bowl, add the nuts in and start mixing until well combined, then scoop some mixture into each mold until you’ve finished the mixture. Put in the fridge and let them sit for about 3/4 hours until solidified.

3) Homemade “Colors Of Autumn” Croutons

This recipe I love because it can be used both as a starter to impress others at dinner, and as a rustic, hearty snack in a rainy fall afternoon to fill you up and make you happy, my mother used to make me croutons with tomato, ham, salame and mozzarella when I was little, these are similar but with a fall spin on them (always from her, thanks mom!) and much more healthy in comparison!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 100% Wholewheat Bread (Fresh, NOT the sliced kind in a package)
  • Porcini Mushrooms
  • Pumpkin
  • Parsley
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil (1Tbsp)
  • Salt
  • Emmental Slices

DIRECTIONS:

Heat up the olive oil in a pan and start mincing the parsley with the garlic, throw them in. Cut the pumpkin into small cubes, do the same with the mushrooms while the garlic is heating up, and add both the pumpkin and the mushroom to the pan, add the salt and the pepper, cook until the pumpkin is soft and the water from both the pumpkin and the mushrooms is almost evaporated, when everything’s done take the pan off the heat and let it rest.

In the meantime, heat up a grill or another pan and cut your bread into fairly thick slices, put the bread in and let ir brown on both sides until crisp, prepare a plate and take the bread out of the pan, with a garlic clove gently brush it on one side of the bread.

Take the pumpkin mix and gently place it upon the toasted bread with a spoon, when you used up all the bread and mixture place the Emmental slices on the mixture and put the croutons back in the pan on low heat, with a lid on for 2 minutes, no longer or they’ll become saggy, take’em out of the pan and enjoy while still hot!

Have you tried any of these recipes? If yes let me know how you’ve liked them and share some of your recipes down below, take care!

3 Ingredient Tuna Burger Recipe (Protein packed)

You don’t need to have a lot of ingredients to make an healthy, protein based meal, that’ll keep your beautiful muscles right where they are, and fill your belly up.

These yummy, 3 ingredient homemade Tuna burgers are protein packed and take things that you probably already have in your pantry and are the cheapest as they come.

You don’t have to add the optional things that i’ll list as they are awesome even without them.

Let’s get those quarantine GAINZ

Ingredients:

  • Tuna, canned (in water)
  • Beans (any kind of beans will do, use red for more protein)
  • Potatoes
  • Spring onion (optional)
  • Onion (optional)
  • Mint (optional)
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil\Butter (for greasing the pan)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Drain the tuna and beans, peel & boil the potatoes.
  2. Put the beans & potatoes in a bowl and mash them with a fork.
  3. Add the chopped spring onion and minced onion to the bowl, the pepper and the chopped mint and the tuna (DON’T mash it), a pinch of salt.
  4. Mix with your hands until well combined.
  5. Form the patties.
  6. Start heating the pan and add a knob of butter\dash of olive oil.
  7. Cook each side until crisp for at least 3 mins.
  8. Enjoy!

If you liked this recipe share it with your friends and family & tell me how it was & if you want more healthy protein-based recipes like this one, I’ll be sure to deliver.