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25 Low-Carb Appetizers, Sides, Main Dishes and Desserts for Christmas

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just a few days away. Is your shopping done? Is your menu planned? Have you sent out your Christmas cards? I admit that it really sneaked up on me this year! We still don’t have a tree up and I certainly haven’t done as much cooking and baking as I would have liked. But there’s still time for that! It’s not too late. If you are one of the many, many people who adheres to a low-carb diet, I’ve found twenty-five fabulous low-carb Christmas recipes to help put you in the holiday mood if you’re not already there, or if you needed some extra help coming up with some festive, delicious dishes. There’s everything — from appetizers and starters, to main dishes and sides, to desserts and even a low-carb healthy eggnog. Check them out!

  • 25 Low Carb Christmas Recipes 1 of 26
    low carb christmas recipes

    Low-carb and high on flavor, these 25 recipes will have your mouth watering and your tummy rumbling.

  • Low Carb Cheesy Sweet Pepper Poppers 2 of 26
    pepper poppers

    Every party needs a popper! With the bright colors of the peppers and herbs, these make for a fun and festive appetizer, not to mention they are filled with three delicious cheeses.
    Get the recipe for Low-Carb Cheesy Sweet Pepper Poppers on Sugar Free Mom.

  • Spinach Artichoke Portabella Quiches 3 of 26
    Spinach-Artichoke-mushroom-quiches

    Quiche is so versatile - it can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as an appetizer. These individual quiches have portabella crusts and a savory spinach artichoke filling. Holiday bonus - they are super easy to make.
    Get the recipe for Spinach Artichoke Portabella Quiches on All Day I Dream About Food.

  • Mini Egg Frittatas with Broccoli and Cheddar 4 of 26
    mini broccoli cheese frittatas

    Frittatas are another food that can be eaten for any meal. These darling little frittatas are cooked in muffin tins. The classic broccoli and cheese gets a spicy kick from chipotle.
    Get the recipe for Mini Egg Frittatas with Broccoli, Cheddar and Chipotle on Cookin' Canuck.

  • Grain-Free Low-Carb Cheesy Breadsticks 5 of 26
    grain-free low-carb cheesy breadsticks

    Cauliflower puree stands in for bread dough in these irresistible cheesy breadsticks.
    Get the recipe for Grain-Free Low-Carb Cheesy Breadsticks on Sugar Free Mom.

  • Low-Carb Cinnamon Crunchies 6 of 26
    low carb cinnamon snacks

    Betcha can't eat just one of these salty-sweet cinnamon crunchies! Think you can guess the secret ingredient in the addictive snack? Here, I'll give you a hint: it starts with 'P' and ends with 'ork rinds.'
    Get the recipe for Low-Carb Cinnamon Crunchies on Makin' It Mo' Betta.

  • Shaved Fennel Salad with Parmigiano and Balsamico 7 of 26
    shaved fennel salad

    Don't let the fancy name fool you. This salad is as simple as can be - thinly sliced fennel, cheese, and balsamic vinegar. Sometimes the simplest things taste the best. It will add a fresh, crunchy component to your menu.
    Get the recipe for Shaved Fennel Salad with Parmigiano and Balsamico on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Shrimp and Roasted Tomatoes 8 of 26
    roasted-tomatoes-shrimp

    Shrimp is a popular item on my family's yearly Christmas buffet. I love the components of this easy one-pan recipe - tomatoes, fennel, fresh herbs, and feta. Plus it doesn't hurt that it's red and green.
    Get the recipe for Roasted Tomatoes and Shrimp on Kalyn's Kitchen.

  • Cranberry Glazed Ham 9 of 26
    Cranberry-Glazed-Ham

    Smoky ham pairs very well with this elegant, yet simple, red wine cranberry glaze. It's pretty and easy to make. Your Christmas ham needs this glaze. Trust me.
    Get the recipe for Low-Carb Cranberry Glazed Ham on All Day I Dream About Food.

  • Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin 10 of 26
    bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin

    Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin is one of the easiest, juiciest ways to enjoy this lean cut of meat. The bacon keeps the tenderloin from drying out. It's another recipe that looks and tastes fancy, but is actually super easy to make.
    Get the recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin on Cafe Johnsonia.

  • Slow Cooker Rotisserie Style Chicken 11 of 26
    crockpot roasted chicken

    One of the easiest ways to make roast chicken, a slow-cooker is definitely the way to go! The chicken comes out tender and juicy without any fuss.
    Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Rotisserie Chicken on Oh Sweet Basil.

  • Stuffed Pepper with Italian Sausage 12 of 26
    stuffed-peppers

    There are so many great things about this recipe. First, red and green peppers. How fun would that be to serve to dinner guests? Second, this can be made in advance, assembled at the last minute and baked, or even frozen. Third, it's pretty darn tasty.
    Get the recipe for Stuffed Peppers with Italian Sausage, Ground Beef and Mozzarella on Kalyn's Kitchen.

  • Creamed Kale 13 of 26
    creamed kale

    You've heard of creamed spinach, now meet creamed kale. Serve this up as a tasty side dish to roast chicken, pork, ham or beef.
    Get the recipe for Creamed Kale on Slender Kitchen.

  • Roasted Green Beans and Red Pepper 14 of 26
    green-beans-red-pepper

    Another festive red and green dish, crisp green beans and red peppers are roasted to perfection and seasoned with fresh ginger and garlic.
    Get the recipe for Roasted Green Beans and Red Peppers on Kalyn's Kitchen.

  • Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spices 15 of 26
    roasted cauliflower

    Roasting really brings out the natural sweetness of cauliflower. It's a low-carb powerhouse veggie and extra delicious sprinkled with Indian spices.
    Get the recipe for Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spices from Cookin' Canuck.

  • Brussels Sprouts Gratin 16 of 26
    brussels-sprouts-gratin

    Look, I know some people hate Brussels sprouts. Those people have obviously never tried them in a gratin covered with melted cheese. Need a killer side dish to take to the potluck? Well, here you go.
    Get the recipe for Brussels Sprouts Gratin on Kalyn's Kitchen.

  • Braised Cabbage with Bacon 17 of 26
    Braised-Cabbage

    Braised cabbage is a hearty wintery side dish that is very low in carbs and very big on flavor. Serve up on the side of your Christmas ham.
    Get the recipe for Braised Cabbage with Bacon on Add A Pinch.

  • Mincemeat Tarts with Hard Sauce 18 of 26
    Mincemeat-tarts

    Mincemeat is a mainstay at our house during Christmas. I love this low-carb, gluten-free version with its accompanying hard sauce. It's made completely from scratch and every bit as good as the original.
    Get the recipe for Low-Carb Mincement Tarts with Hard Sauce on All Day I Dream About Food.

  • Spicy Molasses Cookies 19 of 26
    molasses cookies

    Being sugar-free or low-carb doesn't mean you have to give up Christmas cookies! These have just enough spice and just enough chocolate chips to satisfy any low-carb sweet tooth.
    Get the recipe for Spicy Molasses Cookies on Sugar Free Mom.

  • Triple Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti 20 of 26
    Triple-Chocolate-Peppermint-Biscotti

    Biscotti are always perfect for dunking into coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. These yummy peppermint-y cookies have triple chocolate flavor. They are also gluten- and dairy-free.
    Get the recipe for Triple Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti on A Sweet Life. Recipe and photo credit: Carolyn Ketchum.

  • Eggnog Cheesecake Bars with Gingerbread Whipped Cream 21 of 26
    Eggnog-Cheesecake-Bars

    Three luscious layers make for one delicious, decadent dessert. A nutty gingerbread crust is filled with creamy eggnog cheesecake and topped with a dollop of gingerbread whipped cream.
    Get the recipe for Eggnog Cheesecake Bars with Gingerbread Whipped Cream on All Day I Dream About Food.

  • Chocolate Chia Pudding 22 of 26
    chocolate chia pudding

    I love chia pudding! This one comes together in a few short minutes, and not only that, it's sugar-free and low in carbs. For an extra Christmas-y treat you could add a little peppermint extract.
    Get the recipe for Chocolate Chia Pudding on Sugar Free Mom.

  • Classic Gingerbread Men 23 of 26
    Classic-Gingerbread-Men

    It would almost be a travesty to not have gingerbread men cookies for the holidays. Everyone needs a cookie to decorate and munch on. This low-carb version is sure to become a favorite.
    Get the recipe for Low-Carb Gingerbread Men Cookies on All Day I Dream About Food.

  • Coconut Macaroons 24 of 26
    macaroon cookies

    Coconut macaroons are a guilt-free treat, especially when drizzled with chocolate.
    Get the recipe for Coconut Macaroons on Sweetleaf.com. Recipe and photo credit: Sugar Free Mom.

  • Walnut Cardamom Snowballs 25 of 26
    Walnut-Cardamom-Snowballs

    Everyone loves a snowball cookie. These are gluten- and sugar-free and full of nutty goodness. Be sure to add these to your Christmas cookie list.
    Get the recipe for Walnut Cardamom Snowballs on All Day I Dream About Food.

  • Low-Carb Vegan Nog 26 of 26
    vegan-eggnog

    Last, but definitely not least, we have a healthy eggnog recipe, or protein shake, if you want. It's low-carb, full of protein, creamy and delicious. If you're like me, it just wouldn't be Christmas without a cup of eggnog, which I think is what they mean when they say "cup of cheer."
    Get the recipe for Healthy Low-Carb Eggnog on Chocolate Covered Katie.

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