Healthy, Affordable, and Delicious Holiday Recipe Guide

By: Natalie Mulloy, Communications and Reporting Assistant, National WIC Association

The holiday season is a time to celebrate and get together with friends and family. However, celebrations are usually paired with festive food – and a lot of it! Despite what you may think, you can enjoy the holiday season, stay healthy, while keeping to your budget.

In fact, there are accommodating meal planning, preparation, and recipe resources provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). For instance, this webpage, provides a multitude of recipes from State SNAP- Ed programs. In addition, the USDA created these WIC Works resources. This page incorporates heart healthy recipes, meals for small families, soup recipes, and meal planning, shopping and budgeting guidance.  

Another great resource is the Healthy, Thrifty Holiday Menu with SNAP-Ed Connection recipes. There are recipe ideas for every month of the year. For example, the month of December is comprised of multiple recipes for Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa that are also delicious, affordable, and healthy. This webpage provides a recipe for every monthly occasion, and has vegetarian options, too.

Beyond the USDA’s website pages, you can also check out the Food Hero webpage which contains hundreds of low cost recipes for families. 

All the resources included here include Spanish translations of each recipe and the nutrition label for the meal. Hopefully you can take advantage of these recipes this holiday season.

We hope you have a very merry holiday season celebrating with your friends and family, and we hope you’ll be able to incorporate some of these great resources into your own festivities.

Cheers from the CPHMC Team!