12 days of Christmas...party food

Festivities and food

Forget a partridge in a pear tree, what we’re after this season are healthy buffet fillers and celebration snacks, guaranteed to impress guests during this month’s festivities.

 

Balancing diabetes management with a sleigh-load of tempting treats and indulgences can make the run-up to the big event a little overwhelming, not to mention Christmas dinner itself.

 

Also, with an abundance of parties, dinners and drink events, slipping out of your usual pattern of healthy eating can potentially interfere with good eating habits.

Good news, though! If you’re hosting a special meal, or need some lighter bites or snacks, we’ve designed a range of festive - yet healthy - party foods that will see you right through the season.

As if you need another reason to celebrate! Make sure you also check out our ultimate healthier Christmas dinner and our top tips for taking care of your diabetes throughout December and beyond.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...

 

Baked mini spinach and onion bhaji bites with coriander dip

 

Tasty mini onion bhajis baked with chickpeas and spices, served with a herby sauce.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...

 

Sweet pepper pancakes with tangy tomato relish

 

Blended with onions, these bitesize pepper pancakes are the perfect festive snack, even better with this fresh and piquant relish.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...

 

Chicken bravas

 

Cubes of moist, spicy tapas-style chicken coated with rich tomato, garlic, chilli, and smoked paprika. 

On the fourth day of Christmas,  my true love sent to me...

 

Courgette cornbread mini muffins with salsa

 

The whole family will enjoy these mini muffins packed with courgette and onion and topped with a spicy minted tomato salsa.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...

 

Garlic and pea stuffed mussels with a Parmesan crust

 

An impressive buffet party dish that looks a lot more complicated than it is.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...

 

Butterbean, parsley and thyme stuffed mushrooms

 

Mushrooms baked with garlic, parsley and mashed beans to update an old favourite.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...

 

Sweet potato crab cakes with chilli dip

 

Spicy crab cakes paired with sweet potato make a perfect festive nibble.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...

 

Mini spiced orange pancakes

 

Tempting little treats topped with an array of fresh fruit and brimming with festive flavours.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...

 

Poached salmon blinis

 

A great, moreish party dish you can whip up in under half an hour.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...

 

Stuffed baby peppers

 

Colourful and healthy canapes are sure to go down a storm with family and friends.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...

 

Squid and prawn skewers

 

Impressive, yet simple, these spicy seafood skewers are a great healthy Christmas nibble. They can be eaten hot or cold.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...


Soda bread pizzetta

 

Delicious mini pizzas are a guaranteed hit and can be topped with anything you have to hand.

And, one for luck... use up your leftovers in the tastiest way...

Boxing Day bites

 

Coronation turkey served in little gem lettuce topped with cranberry sauce make a fresh and simple nibble for leftovers.