Does the phrase “Happy holidays!” send chills up your spine? Even when you love the holidays, sometimes the stress of planning can get in the way. Figuring out how much food to buy, make and eat is an obstacle — but it doesn’t have to be!

Here are a few tips to make eating this holiday season a little easier.

How To Feed a Crowd

If you have a big group to prepare for, the math for grocery shopping can be tricky. Whether you’re making the feast by yourself or planning a potluck, here’s a guide to prepping for guests:

5 people10 people20 people
Protein3-4 pounds5-8 pounds10-15 pounds


One thing is certain — it takes a village to feed a village! Don’t be afraid to ask others to bring the fixins’. Also, get strategic! Choose meals with similar ingredients (think broth, spices and veggies) to save a few bucks. Need help navigating the grocery store? Our free grocery planner can help!

How To Fill Your Plate

How To Fill Your Plate

Now that you know how to feed the crowd, how do you fill your plate? Imagine your plate is a pie. A pie chart, not a sweet potato pie (though we’ll get to that later)! Cut your plate in half. Fill one half with veggies!

Veggie Recipes

Veggie Recipes:

  1. Roasted Cauliflower: Cook up this flavorful dish for a healthy crunch.
  2. Green Beans: Green beans are always a holiday staple. Add some green to your plate with this recipe.
  3. Cucumber Tomato Salad: This chilled option will add variety to your plate!
  4. Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts: Looking to add a bit of spice? This Brussels sprouts recipe will do just that!

Now that half of your plate is done, cut the other side in half. Fill the first quarter of your plate with protein.

Protein Recipes

Protein Recipes:

  1. Better Baked Beans: This baked bean recipe is a healthy alternative to a holiday classic. Plus, there’s no shortage of flavor!
  2. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork: To relieve the stress of cooking protein minutes before guests arrive, opt for a slow cooker recipe like pulled pork!
  3. Roasted Chicken: This recipe is definitely a comfort food and a crowd-pleaser for cold nights!
  4. Turkey and Ham: We can’t move on without mentioning the two main courses. Add a slice to your protein quarter!

We still have an empty quarter of our plate, so let’s fill it with grains and starches!


Grain and Starch Recipes:

Grain and Starch Recipes:

  1. Healthy Mac & Cheese: Mac and cheese is a holiday staple, and this recipe is the perfect addition to your plate!
  2. Sweet Potato Biscuits: These yummy biscuits are a great bread for your holiday spread. Be sure to make extra — your guests will be coming back for more!
  3. Good-for-You Cornbread: This light and fluffy treat is perfect for dipping in holiday sauces, soups and sides. Whip it up quickly and watch your guests scarf it down!
  4. Whole Wheat Pasta Salad: Add another chilled option to your plate with this pasta salad that’s bursting with flavor and some extra veggies!

Think Outside the Plate

Just because our plates are full doesn’t mean we’re done. From drinks to sweets, there are other things on the menu to delight in! Here are a few balanced treats to enjoy in moderation.

Drink Recipes:

Drink Recipes:

Grapefruit Rosemary Sparkler Mocktail

Mulled Cherry Juice Mocktail

Dessert Recipes:

Blackberry Oat Bars

Pumpkin Bread

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pear Cranberry Crumble

Apple Gingerbread Cake

Look at you, host with the most! If you’re looking for more inspiration, our healthy holiday hub is a great place to find nutritious tips and delicious hacks. Now, go spice up your holidays!