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Holidays and celebrations are a part of life where food is often the centerpiece.  Whether your typical routine meals are low carb, slow carb or no particular diet approach at all, joy and tradition are more important than deprivation during the holidays.

That said, if you want to stay true to low carb or slow carb during holidays or celebrations, it does not have to mean tasteless, boring dishes.  There are many options and many recipes that can stand in and stand up to joyful social eating.

Check out the particular holiday categories below for recipes ranging from elegant dinners to sweet treats to fancy schmancy cocktails.  You’re sure to find something that is a fit for you and yours.

New Years

Valentine’s Day

Easter

Kentucky Derby

Cinco de Mayo

Mother’s Day

Heirloom Tomato Festival

Thanksgiving

Christmas

Mexican Ponche Navideño: Christmas Punch With Tequila

Looking for a hot drink to serve for the holiday season? This year, let’s skip the mulled wine and go for a warming classic from Mexico instead. Mexican ponche navideño is a traditional fruit punch bursting with comforting flavors and a spiced aroma that will make your home smell heavenly. Serve it like a tea …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate and peanut butter is a combination that never gets old. Add a raspberry jam filling to these soft chocolate thumbprint cookies and you have a trifecta of flavor! Simple, loved by old and young and a hit around the holidays. This post may contain affiliate links, and you can read our disclosure information here–  These …

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Best Make Ahead Turkey Gravy: + Tips for Fixing Gravy Problems

If you’re stressing about gravy this Thanksgiving, stop. This dish can be a handful because it’s usually the last thing to finish and needs some attention, but you can make an easy homemade stock a day or two ahead of time and a good stock will ensure your gravy is not bland and flavorless. Even …

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Low Carb Baked Cauliflower with Saffron & Olives 

Cauliflower is a mainstay of many low carb diets. There are many different ways to prepare it however, and this simple baked cauliflower dish becomes special with the robust additions of saffron and olives. It is easy enough for weeknight dinners and elegant enough for the Thanksgiving table. This post may contain affiliate links, and …

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Kid Food for Leftover Turkey: Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Noodle Soup)

Mexico’s version of kid-friendly comfort food is Sopa de Fideo. Like mac and cheese in the US, it is a classic lunchtime dish that many kids in Mexico grow up on. Also like mac and cheese, this easy, creamy soup is a taste that a lot of adults never outgrow. There are, of course, many …

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Best Gift Ideas for Mexican Food Lovers & Home Chefs

Birthday? Christmas? Just because? Whatever the occasion, find the best Mexican cooking gift ideas for that friend or family member who loves to prepare Mexican food. Whether they’re a beginner or advanced cook, there’s a fun and useful gift for everyone! 1. Tortilla press If your loved one has been cooking Mexican food for a …

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Roasted spiced pumpkin seeds recipe

Whether you’re carving Jack-o-Lanterns for Halloween or roasting squash for a Winter comfort dinner, don’t throw out the seeds! Roast them up with some aromatic spices for a healthy Fall-flavored snack, or a garnish to many Mexican dishes. Jump to: Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Seeds | Which Pumpkin Seeds Are Edible? | How To Remove and …

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Best Mexican Celebration Recipes: Día De Los Muertos

On the 1st and 2nd of November, Mexicans will honor and celebrate the spirit and memory of loved ones that came before them. The celebration is known as Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). There are a number of traditional food dishes that are enjoyed during this time, either as a meal or …

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Make Ahead Breakfast Strata (Casserole) with Swiss Chard & Sausage

Strata is basically an egg casserole with varied fillings and a creamy custard base. It is often likened to a bread pudding. This breakfast strata is filled with swiss chard and sausage and topped with a smoky cheese. It is perfect for serving a crowd at brunch or as a stress-free make-ahead dish for holiday …

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Top 10 gifts for Herbal Tea Lovers (+ Hibiscus Tea Recipe)

Looking for something to give the herbal tea enthusiast in your life? Whether they’re just starting out their tea journey or are a long-time connoisseur, Farm to Jar’s top 10 gifts for herbal tea lovers has something for every tea aficionado. Plus bonus hibiscus tea recipe! Jump to: Recipe: Hibiscus Tea | Gifts for Beginning …

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Slow Cooker Smoky Turkey Chili with Squash & Beans

This slow-cooker turkey and butternut squash chili is the perfect dish to make for Fall and Winter, especially if you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. If not, the chili is also great with ground turkey, pork or beef. Or exclude the meat altogether and have an incredible vegetarian chili! The recipe is a perfect balance …

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Heirloom Squash Varieties: Best Flavor & Growing Tips

Heirloom squash often taste better than hybrid varieties, which have been grown to look pretty or ship well. This guide will help you grow or cook with the best of them, distinguishing which are best for soup, desserts or baked pumpkin seeds. Like heirloom tomatoes, heirloom squash are distinctive in flavor, color and uses! Jump …

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