Healthy Holiday Recipes

  • Posted by Dr. Jay Gordon


The holiday season is now upon us, and you know what that means– eating! Lots of eating. Here are two great healthy holiday recipes to warm you and your family up on a cold winter night. Kids especially will love these tasty holiday treats. My daughter Simone grew up eating my wife’s healthy recipes and her two personal favorites are the Tofu Chili and Soup-Stew. Enjoy!


Tofu Chili: Serves 4.

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1/2C celery

1/2C grated carrots

3 tbs. chopped green chilies

2C stewed tomatoes

3C fresh chopped tomatoes

1/2C chopped green pepper

1C vegetable broth

1C mashed tofu

2C cooked pinto beans

1C cooked kidney beans

1C garbanzo beans

1 1/2 tsp. chili powder

2 tbs. cumin

1 tsp. soy sauce

Combine the first nine ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Turn down heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer for 35 minutes. Serve with rice. For a spicy chili add a dash or two of Tabasco.



This can serve as a basic recipe for either a thick soup or a stew. You can vary it to add diversity to your menu and to accommodate what’s in your refrigerator on any given day. You can always make more than you need and freeze some.

Here are the basics:

3 onions, chopped

6 carrots, diced

1 bunch of celery, chopped (include leaves)

1C chopped potato, unpeeled

1 parsnip, whole

2 tomatoes, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tbsp. sherry

2 zucchini, cut in 1/2 inch pieces

2 yellow squash, cut in 1/2 inch pieces

1C cauliflower, chopped

1/2C red pepper, chopped

1 bay leaf

1/2 bunch parsley

fresh dill or 2 tbsp. dried dill weed

enough water to cover all vegetables and then some

Simmer all of the above ingredients for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the parsnip and the bunch of parsley. Serve hot with a big piece of bread.