Christmas is around the corner (here, and everywhere else), and of course, holidays are a time of indulgence – and often that means gorging on lots of less-than-healthy foods. Balance is important, and it’s okay to have some of your favorites around the holiday season, of course, but wouldn’t it be awesome to eat a few lovely Christmas meals without feeling stuffed and heavy afterwards? Without all the grease and meat and sugar?
Over the past few years, I’ve been developing a Christmas menu that fits into the way I eat – that is, according to the Clean Eating concept. Typical German Christmas foods tend to be really rich, and I didn’t want to lose that entirely: I wanted to create dishes that are luxurious and warming, and yet light. You should feel good inside and out during the holiday season, too!
Anyway, today I’m sharing my first course: a beautiful Creamy Chestnut Soup with Pears!
The main course consists of three parts: Braised Red Cabbage with Apple (Rotkohl), Bread Dumplings (Serviettenknödel), and Mushroom Ragout (Mushroom Geschnetzeltes). We finish things off with a beautiful Baked Apple Parfait – one of my absolute favorite Christmas desserts!
The best thing about my Clean Eating German Christmas Menu (besides how good it is) is that many things are easy to make, so you won’t have to spend your entire Christmas Eve hanging around the kitchen. For example, the Chestnut Soup can be made with 200 g of vacuum-packed cooked chestnuts instead of fresh chestnuts, which speeds things up substantially. Or you can simply roast the chestnuts 1–2 days in advance and keep them sealed in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also make the soup in advance (minus the sour cream and thyme) and freeze it. Just defrost a few hours before serving, reheat, add fresh sour cream and thyme – ready!
The pear in this soup can also be replaced by apple, or omitted completely – but I highly recommend including it, since it really gives things a festive touch! :-)
To make vegan, simply swap out or omit the sour cream.
- 300 g fresh chestnuts
- 2 high-starch potatoes small
- 1 onion
- 1 leek
- 1/2 soft cooking pear e.g. Bartlett
- 2 tbsp olive oil*
- 750 ml vegetable stock
- 150 g sour cream
- white pepper*
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
Swap out the fresh chestnuts for 200 g of vacuum-packed cooked chestnuts.
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Check out all the recipes from my Clean Eating German Christmas Menu here:
- Starter: Creamy Chestnut Soup with Pears
- Main Dish Part 1:German Baised red Cabbage with Apple (Rotkohl)
- Main Dish Part 2: Mushroom Geschnetzeltes
- Main Dish Part 3: Serviettenknödel
- Dessert:Baked Apple Parfait
Stay tuned, since I’ll be posting the rest of the recipes in the coming days!
Have you guys planned out your Christmas Eve dinners yet?
Ich bin Hannah Frey, Gesundheitswissenschaftlerin, Bloggerin und Kochbuch- und Ernährungsratgeber-Autorin. Ich helfe dir dabei, dich auch im stressigen Alltag mit wenig Aufwand gesund zu ernähren. Ich möchte dich zu einem gesunden Leben motivieren und inspirieren. Deshalb findest du hier jede Menge schnell zubereitete, einfache und alltagstaugliche Rezepte aus natürlichen Zutaten und ohne raffinierten Zucker – aber mit 100 % Geschmack!