When you think of French food, you may think of rich cream sauces and exotic cheese, neither of which are very friendly to a low calorie diet. But if you are trying to make a traditional French Christmas feast, there are plenty of lower calorie dishes loaded with vegetables and other healthy ingredients that make the task simple.
Ratatouille is a traditional French recipes that has a perfect place in a low calorie eating plan. The dish is comprised of fresh eggplant, tomatoes, onions, garlic, colored bell peppers, basil, parsley, and zucchini which are all simmered together until tender and flavorful. About.com's guide to french food says that ratatouille originated as a poor man's dish and has evolved into a well known and popular dish these days.
White bean puree is a simple dish to make and so is popular for a Christmas eve dish serve along with fresh vegetable for dipping. The recipe consists only of fiber rich healthy white beans along with a bit of olive oil and lots of herbs and seasonings, so it remains quite low in calories and is a terrific way to help fill up a bit before the main meal.
This halibut provencal recipe is a wonderful addition to a low calorie Christmas meal. Fresh halibut itself is, of course, low in fat and calories. The remainder of the recipe calls for garlic, shallots, and fennel sauteed in a bit of oil. Tomatoes, olives, and clam juice are added to the mixture, and all is baked together with seasoned halibut to complete the recipe. Nearly all the ingredients remain low in calories making this an excellent choice for a main dish at your French Christmas feast.
This version of roasted beets is spiced up with the addition of dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Scallions and lemon juice deepen the flavor even more. The roasted beets can be served alongside a meat dish is that is what you choose to serve for your Christmas meal. The beets also make for a wonderful addition to a salad of greens for a very light meal.
Goose is a popular main dish item around Christmastime especially in Europe. In fact before the turkey came about, it soared in popularity. About.com's guide to French food says that this brandied goose recipe is very easy to prepare. The goose is simple to roast, and the pan drippings are combined with chicken stock, cognac, and dried fruits to make a rich and sweet sauce to be served with the Christmas goose. Roasting a goose will certainly impress the guests at your Christmas gathering.