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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

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Best 9 Flowers and 4 Herbs for Attracting Butterflies to your Garden

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How to Make Tamales: Step-by-step Tutorial for Beginners

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Easy Pork Chile Colorado with Cactus (Nopales)

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Best 10 Herbs to Grow for Homemade Herbal Tea Blends

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Easy Carrot Tart with Goat Cheese & Ricotta

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Italian Strawberry Tiramisu Cake: No-Cook Desssert (dolce di fragole)

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Columbian Natilla without Eggs: (Layered with Nuts & Raspberries)

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Ritz Cracker Chocolate Cherry Bark for Holiday Care Packages

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How to Grow Blueberries in Pots for your Deck, Patio or Balcony

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