After School Program Blog

Holiday Cooking

The holiday season truly is the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s not always easy to make healthy choices. You don’t have to miss out on the good stuff, just try these festive food ideas to keep you balanced. 

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Golden Raisin Apple Stuffing Cups 

For a healthier, meatless version of traditional stuffing, give this delicious recipe a shot. This is also an impressive dish to share with your family, friends or at your classroom holiday party. 


2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
6 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups golden raisins
1 Tbsp chopped sage
6 cups homemade or store bought cube stuffing
2 9″ pie crusts, homemade or store-bought
Salt and pepper


  1. Add oil to large saucepan and sauté the red onion and celery for about 3-4 minutes. Add the chopped apples, broth and sage and let this cook another 4-5 minutes. 
  2. In a large bowl, toss the golden raisins and bread cubes. Add the cooked apples, celery, onions and broth until the bread cubes have soaked up the liquid.
  3. Cut the pie crust into large circles that will a regular size muffin tin. Place them into greased muffin tin and scoop the stuffing into the crust.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the stuffing begins to crisp and golden.
  5. Enjoy!


Festive Fruit

Fruit platters are a healthy holiday option. Try these fun ideas to bring some cheer to your arrangements.  

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Gluten-Free Healthy Holiday Pancakes

Impress your family with this easy and healthy breakfast on Christmas morning. They are low carb, offer a healthy dose of Vitamin E, protein, fiber and good fats and the pomegranate topping make them extra festive.



1 cup almond flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Use a non-stick pan with a little butter and spoon out the pancakes.
  3. This version won’t bubble on the top like regular pancakes, so flip them when the underside is nice and golden.