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Four Low-carb, Delicious Holiday Comfort Foods to Indulge In

Holiday ComfortWhen the holidays arrive, we often find ourselves at celebrations with the traditional comfort foods we all know and love. However, most of these dishes are notorious for being unhealthy and have an abundance of carbohydrates, which throws our healthy diets out the window. Here at Sola, we have found a way to indulge in all our favorite holiday foods with fewer carbs. These are our four low-carb recipes for healthy holiday eating you can enjoy without feeling guilty.

Side dish: Creamy Parmesan Mashed Kohlrabi with Truffle Oil: Carbs = 4.42g

Mashed potatoes, a holiday staple, are loaded with carbs and lack nutritional value. A healthy alternative is mashed kohlrabi. Also known as German turnip, kohlrabi has nutritious vitamins and minerals that fuel and nourish your body with all the right stuff. More specifically, kohlrabi provides copper, potassium, manganese, iron and calcium along with vitamins C, B, A and K. Parmesan cheese and truffle oil are added to give this kohlrabi dish some richness and flavor. Nutrition facts per serving
  • Calories (kcal) 75
  • Fat (g) 6.25
  • Protein (g) 1.46
  • Carbohydrates (g) 4.42
  • Dietary fiber (g) 2.42
  • Total sugars (g) 1.73
  • Net carbs (g) 2.00
Ingredients — Makes 12 portions
  • 1 to 1.75 pounds (770g) kohlrabi (German turnip)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ stick (55g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream
  • 2 heaping tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • Drizzle of truffle oil to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Directions Wash the kohlrabi thoroughly and use a sharp knife to remove the rough outside skin. The peeled kohlrabi should be white in color, similar to a potato, sometimes with a tint of green. Dice the kohlrabi and place it into a food processor with the garlic clove. Add the butter, cream, parmesan, and chopped thyme, and blend until smooth and creamy. Return the puree to a clean pan and heat slowly until the mixture is piping hot. Season the puree with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. To serve, spoon the kohlrabi mash into a large bowl, sprinkle with fresh, chopped parsley, add freshly ground black pepper and drizzle the truffle oil over the top.

Main course: Blood Orange & Wholegrain Mustard-Glazed Holiday Ham: Carbs = 15g

Impress your friends and family with this show-stopping holiday ham. You will get all the traditional and delicious flavors, but lower carbs and plenty of vitamins and minerals. Nutrition facts per serving
  • Calories (kcal) 226
  • Fat (g) 7
  • Protein (g) 32
  • Carbohydrates (g) 15
  • Dietary fiber (g) 1
  • Total sugars (g) 2
  • Sola® Sweetener (g) 12.5
  • Net carbs (g) 1.5
Ingredients
  • 10-pound half-leg ham on the bone
  • Water to cover the meat
  • 1 cup (190 g) Sola® Sweetener
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 bunch celery, roughly chopped
  • 3 large carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns
Glaze
  • 2 cups (380 g) Sola Sweetener
  • 4 blood oranges (zest and juice) or substitute
  • 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
Directions Place the ham in a large pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the ham by 2 inches. Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a rolling simmer and cook the ham for approximately 20 minutes per pound of meat (a 10-pound leg of ham takes approximately 3.5 hours). When done, remove the ham from the stock and place on a clean serving dish (retain the stock to make a delicious soup or gravy) and allow to cool for at least 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate overnight. When you are ready to glaze the ham, preheat the oven to 400F. Place the zest and juice of 4 oranges and the remaining ingredients into a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring well. Reduce the heat to a rolling simmer and cook for 5 minutes until syrupy. Place the cold ham on a wire rack over a baking pan covered with foil (this makes it easier for cleanup). Using a sharp knife, remove the skin and score the remaining fat in a crisscross pattern. Brush ¼ of the glaze and place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and repeat the process in 15-minute intervals until the ham is fully glazed, sticky and caramelized. To serve, place the ham on a platter garnished with seasonal fruits and fresh herbs — voila, a show-stopping centerpiece for your holiday meal!

Cocktail: Raspberry Champagne Fizz: Carbs = 9.35g

Start your party the right way – with some festive low-carb bubbly! Indulge in some champagne fizz with this raspberry champagne drink. It takes only 10 minutes to make and contains only 9.35 carbs! Plus, get your antioxidant fix with fresh raspberries. Say cheers to a delightful low-carb holiday beverage! Nutrition facts per serving
  • Calories (kcal) 119
  • Fat (g) 0.00
  • Protein (g) 0.13
  • Carbohydrates (g) 9.35
  • Dietary fiber (g) 0.28
  • Total sugars (g) 0.41
  • Sola® Sweetener (g) 7.50
  • Net carbs (g) 1.57
Ingredients — Makes 12 glasses 23 tablespoons fresh raspberry puree 12 ounces (110ml) simple syrup 12 ounces (110ml) vodka ½ bottle dry champagne or sparkling wine 12 fresh raspberries to garnish Directions Divide the raspberry puree, simple syrup, and vodka evenly between four chilled champagne glasses and mix well. Pour a small amount of champagne into each glass and stir well. It will fizz up and bubble, so pour very slowly. Carefully top the rest of the glasses with champagne and stir very gently, being careful not to let it overflow. Place a fresh raspberry into each glass and serve immediately.

Dessert: Almond Coffee Canelés with Coffee Walnut Syrup: Carbs = 16.57

Who has room for dessert? We do! This dish is not only low in carbs, but it’s also gluten-free! It’s nutty, moist and has a hint of coffee flavor. You and your guests will be completely satisfied after you finish your holiday meal with this delectable Almond Coffee Canelés with Coffee Walnut Syrup. This dessert is best served warm. Nutrition facts per serving
  • Calories (kcal) 307
  • Fat (g) 28.81
  • Protein (g) 6.98
  • Carbohydrates (g) 16.57
  • Dietary fiber (g) 2.50
  • Total sugars (g) 0.43
  • Sola® Sweetener (g) 12.08
  • Net carbs (g) 1.99
Ingredients — Makes 12 servings
  • 1 ½ sticks (170g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup (145g) Sola sweetener
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 2 1/3 cups (212g) finely ground almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder dissolved in 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
Syrup
  • ½ cup (120ml) heavy cream
  • ½ cup (120ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • ½ cup (95g) Sola sweetener
  • ¼ cup (30g) walnuts, chopped
Directions Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Cream the butter and Sola sweetener in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until light and fluffy, add the eggs and mix well. Add the almond flour, baking powder, salt, dissolved coffee and almond extract, and mix well. Pipe or spoon the batter into the canelé mold, filling each hollow about ¾ full. The silicone version of the canelé mold is easy to use and does not need to be greased. Place the mold into the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes until the cake is light golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Remove the canelés from the oven and leave them in the mold for 30 minutes to cool. Make the syrup: place the cream, water and coffee powder in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer and add the Sola. Cook the mixture for approximately 10 minutes, until it reaches a syrup consistency. Stir in the chopped walnuts and continue to cook for one minute. Remove the cakes from the mold and place them onto a wire rack. Pour the syrup over the cakes while they are still hot. Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream.

Happy Holidays!

So, there you have it. Prepare these four low-carb, heavenly holiday recipes without the guilt. If you are interested in more healthy alternatives, check out our full product line that includes Sola bread, Sola granola, Sola nut bars, and Sola yogurt. Find more healthy and low carb dishes in our recipe book, Boundless, The Low Carb Lifestyle.
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