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Kalyn's Kitchen

Carb-Conscious Christmas Recipes and Ideas for Homemade Gifts from the Kitchen


This page has recipes for the kinds of things I’d like to cook during the Christmas holidays. If you’re following The South Beach diet, after each recipe I give my opinion about which phase of the diet each that recipe can be used for.Keep up with new holiday recipes by following my Pinterest board for Kalyn’s Kitchen Holiday Favorites.

Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes Collection:
25+ Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb and Gluten Free Holiday Side Dishes, Appetizers, and Salads (All these recipes are SBD Phase One, Low-Carb, and Gluten-Free and many are Paleo or Whole 30.)

Christmas Recipe Collections
Delicious Sugar-Free or Low-Sugar Cookies

Ten Favorite Phase One Soups to Help You Get Through December 2011

Five Delicious Sugar-Free and Flourless Cookies to Bake for Christmas

Five Spice Blends to Give for a Homemade Christmas Gift  

Christmas Favorites:  Five Favorite Appetizers for Holiday Parties

Christmas Favorites:  Five Favorite Breakfasts for Christmas Morning

Christmas Favorites:  Five Favorite CrockPot Meals to Cook While You’re Busy Having Holiday Fun

Low-Carb and Low-Glycemic Christmas Appetizers (also see Appetizers)
Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Cheddar Pecan Almond Crisps (all phases, but high in fat so best for a special treat)

Sweet Potato Appetizer Bites with Feta and Green Onions (phase 2 or 3)

Easy Cucumber Guacamole Appetizer Bites (all phases, limit portion size for phase one)

Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce and Ten More Shrimp Recipes for the Holidays (all phases for this recipe; check ingredients for others)

Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers (all phases)

Easy Recipe for Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites (all phases)

Roasted Asparagus Wrapped in Ham (all phases)

Cranberry Salsa Cream Cheese Holiday Appetizer with Baked Whole Wheat Pita (or tortilla) Chips (Phase 2 or 3)

Stuffed Mushrooms with Feta and Kalamata Olives (phase 2 or 3)

Roasted Tomato and Basil Holiday Spread (spread is all phases, phase 2 or 3 with whole wheat crackers or pita bread)

Julia Child’s Brandade á la Soissonaise (Puree of White Beans with Garlic and Herbs – all phases but phase 2 or 3 with whole wheat pita bread)

Cilantro-Lover’s Guacamole with Red Onion, Lime, and Chiles (all phases)

White Bean and Artichoke Dip with Whole Wheat Tortilla Chips (phase 2 or 3 with chips, all phases with celery or veggie dippers)

Tuna Mousse or Spuma di Tonno (any phase with celery, phase 2 or 3 with crackers or whole-wheat pita)

Socca (Chickpea Flatbread Pancake from France – (I previously thought chickpea flour was approved for phase one, but I found out this should be for phase 2 or 3)

Low-Glycemic and Gluten-Free Chickpea Crisps Appetizer – with or without Za’atar (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Carb and Low-Glycemic Breakfasts for Christmas
Low-Carb Egg Burritos for a Crowd (these use low-carb tortillas but they are phase two or three for South Beach if you’re following the letter of the law)

Low-Carb Cheesy Crustless Quiche Lorraine (all phases, although South Beach would recommend turkey bacon or Canadian bacon and low-fat cheese)

Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Sausage, Peppers, Cottage Cheese, and Goat Cheese (all phases)

Crustless Breakfast Tarts with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese (all phases)

Baked Eggs Skillet with Avocado and Spicy Tomatoes (all phases) 

Baked Eggs and Asparagus with Parmesan (all phases)

Baked Eggs in Canadian Bacon Cups (all phases)

Baked Eggs and Mushrooms with Parmesan (all phases without the toast)

Fifteen Minute Salsa Verde Eggs (all phases without tortillas; phase 2 or 3 with whole wheat or low-carb tortillas)

Slow Cooker Frittata with Broccoli, Ham, and Swiss (all phases) 

Slow Cooker Frittata with Broccoli, Swiss, Cottage Cheese, and Parmesan (all phases) 

Slow Cooker Frittata with Kale, Roasted Red Peppers, and Feta (all phases)

Slow Cooker Frittata with Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Red Peppers, and Feta (all phases) 

Broccoli, Ham, and Mozzarella Baked with Eggs (all phases)

Power Greens Breakfast Casserole with Feta and Mozzarella (all phases) 

Kale, Mushroom, Feta, and Mozzarella Breakfast Casserole (all phases)

Flourless Egg and Cottage Cheese Savory Breakfast Muffins (all phases, see note in recipe)

Baby Kale, Mozzarella, and Egg Bake (all phases)

CrockPot Recipe for Make-Ahead Apple Pie Oatmeal (phase 2 or 3)

Spinach and Mozzarella Egg Bake (all phases)

Roasted Green Bell Pepper and Roasted Tomato Breakfast Casserole with Feta and Oregano (all phases)

Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Custard Bake (all phases, but I’d limit portion size for phase one) 

Tuscan Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Red Onion, Garlic, Parmesan, and Herbs (all phases)

Mexican Baked Eggs with Black Beans, Tomatoes, Green Chiles, and Cilantro (all phases)

Breakfast Casserole with Spinach, Leeks, Cottage Cheese and Goat Cheese (all phases)

Breakfast Casserole with Mushrooms, Green Bell Peppers, and Feta (all phases)

Artichoke, Kale, and Ricotta Pie with Eggs and Parmesan (all phases, but this is a fairly rich dish so limit portion size, especially for phase one)

Bobbi’s Egg and Green Chile Breakfast Casserole (all phases)

Karyn’s Breakfast Casserole with Artichoke Hearts, Goat Cheese and Canadian Bacon (all phases)

Southwestern Egg Casserole (all phases)

Breakfast Casserole with Sweet Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Cheese (all phases)

Swiss Chard, Mozzarella, and Feta Egg Bake (all phases)

Low-Sugar Christmas-Worthy Breads
Savory Whole-Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Green Chiles and Cheese (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Banana Bread (phase 2 or 3, use portion control)

Made-from-Scratch Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Bran Muffins with Walnuts (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Sugar Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins with Lemon (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread with Blueberries and Pecans (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with Pecans (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Sugar or Sugar-Free Christmas Cookies
Fifteen Delicious Low-Sugar or Sugar-Free Cookies to Bake for the Holidays 2012

Low-Sugar and Flourless Chocolate coconut Drops with Almonds (phase 3 due to chocolate chips, or a once-in-a-while treat for phase 2)

Low-Sugar Coconut Almond Macaroon Cookies – Phase One and Gluten Free!  (all phases)

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Molasses-Almond Cookies (phase 2 or 3, probably a “once-in-a-while-treat” for phase 2 due to the sugar in the molasses)

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Ranger Cookies with Pecans, Coconut, and Chocolate (phase 2 or 3)

Whole Grain Low-Sugar (or sugar-free) Chocolate Cookies with Pecans (phase 2 or 3)

Flourless and Low-Sugar (or sugar-free_ chocolate Shortbread Cookes – Also Gluten Free (Phase 2 or 3, but probably a “once in a while treat” due to high fat content and a small amount of brown sugar.)

Flourless and (almost) Sugar-Free Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate (phase 2 or 3, but probably a “once in a while treat” due to fat content and a small amount of brown sugar)

Two Recipes for Sugar-Free and Flourless Chocolate and Oatmeal Cluster Cookies (both versions, phase 2 or 3)

Sugar-Free and Gluten-Free Triple Almond Cookies (all phases, but probably a “once in a while treat” due to fat content)

Flourless Sugar-Free Pistachio Cookies (all phases, but probably a “once in a while treat” due to fat content)

Sugar-Free and Gluten-Free Cookies with Almond and Flaxseed Meal (all phases, but probably a “once in a while treat” due to the fat content)

Flourless, Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cookies (phase 2 or 3)

Low Sugar Christmas Desserts
Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Blueberry Crisp (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Sugar Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Sugar Raspberry Cheesecake with Pecan Crust (phase 2 or 3)

Low Sugar and Flourless Cranberry-Apple Crumble (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Sugar Flourless Apple Crisp made with Olive Oil (phase 2 or 3)

Low Sugar Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Spice Cake with Fuyu Persimmons (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Brownies with Walnuts / Grandma Willey’s Brownies (phase 2 or 3)

Two-Ingredient Sugar-Free Raspberry Yogurt Pie for a Phase One Dessert (all phases, but use whipped topping sparingly for Phase One) 

Greek Yogurt with Agave Nectar and Pecans (phase 2 or 3)

Greek Yogurt Dessert with Hazelnut Agave and Shaved Dark Chocolate (phase 2 or 3)

Christmas-Worthy or Red-and-Green Main Dishes:
Red and Green Stuffed Peppers with Turkey Italian Sausage, Ground Beef, and Mozzarella (all phases)

Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin (all phases)

Quick-and-Easy Pecan Crusted Dijon Salmon (all phases) 

Slow Cooker Cannellini Bean Stew with Tomatoes, Italian Sausage, and Kale (all phases)

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Cannellini Bean and Kale Stew with Shaved Parmesan (all phases)

Baked Whole Wheat Spaghetti Casserole with Turkey Italian Sausage and Mozzarella (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Carb or Low-Glycemic Red and Green or Seasonal Salads
Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Carb Rotisserie Chicken Christmas Salad (all phases) 

Easy Broccoli and Radish Salad with Gorgonzola (all phases but probably an occasional treat due to fat content)

Thanksgiving Green Bean Salad with Blue Cheese, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans (phase 2 or 3)

Warm or Cold Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Red Pepper, Capers, and Basil Dressing (all phases)

Apple-Jicama Slaw with Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Dressing (phase 2 or 3)

Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives, Celery, and Green Onion (all phases)

Black Bean Salad with Jicama, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Lime (all phases)

Raw Baby Kale Salad with Apples, Sunflower Seeds, and Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette (all phases)

Peperoncini Chopped Salad with Romaine, Red Bell Pepper, and Feta (all phases)

Spinach Salad with Feta and Bacon (all phases, but a “once-in-a-while-treat”)

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Dill (phase 2 or 3)

Red and Green Fruit Salad (phase 3)

Winter Fruit Salad with Persimmons, Pears, Grapes, and Agave-Pomegranate Vinaigrette (phase 2 or 3)

Kalyn’s Favorite Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon, Balsamic Vinegar, and Pine Nuts (all phases)

Tuna Pasta Salad with Lemon, Green Olives, and Cucumbers (all phases)

Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Red Bell Pepper, and Cilantro (phase 2 or 3)

Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro (all phases)

Chicken, Black Bean, and Red Pepper Salad with Spicy Avocado Dressing (all phases)

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Fried Kale, Tomatoes, Olives, Feta, and Pesto Vinaigrette (phase 2 or 3)

Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Peppers, Cilantro, and Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette (all phases)

Arugula, Red Grape, and Shaved Manchego Salad (phase 2 or 3)

Christmas-Worthy or Red and Green Side Dishes or Vegetables
Roasted Cauliflower Rice with Red Pepper, Green Onions, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts (all phases)

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Parmesan (phase 2 or 3)

Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Parmesan, and Thyme (Phase 2 or 3)

Braised Green Beans with Garlic, Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers (all phases)

Red and Green Christmas Rice with Bell Peppers, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts (phase 2 or 3)

Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper with Garlic and Ginger (all phases) 

Roasted Cauliflower with Red Bell Pepper, Green Olives, and Pine Nuts – Christmas Cauliflower (all phases)

Roasted Red Curry Carrots with Ginger and Garlic – Christmas Carrots (phase 2 or 3)

Roasted Butternut Squash Wedges with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce, Sumac, and Aleppo Pepper (phase 2 or 3) 

Homemade Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen
Five Spice Blends to Give for a Homemade Christmas Gift

Rosemary Salt for a Christmas Gift

Kalyn’s Herb Blend for a Christmas Gift

Roast Chicken Seasoning Rub for a Christmas Gift

Kalyn’s Take on Montreal Steak Seasoning

Sage, Rosemary, and Garlic Dried Herb Rub

How to Make Garlic Confit


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4 comments on “Carb-Conscious Christmas Recipes and Ideas for Homemade Gifts from the Kitchen”

  1. Thank you for these ideas. I know it was done in 2009, but I can find things on here that will accommodate everyone in my pot luck group.
    I'm going to try a new recipe you posted today for cauliflower, red bell pepper and green olives. I like all three, so I'm hoping the other 4 members of the group will, also. Thanks Kalyn.. DonnaL

  2. Nupur, thanks! I was actually creating this as an archive page for all my Christmas recipes, and I didn't realize it would go out in the feed reader as a post! Glad you liked it though!

  3. What a great post! My head is spinning with ways to use your terrific ideas.

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