Wholesome Christmas Dinners That Pack Less Guilt

by Carissa Wong
FOOD  |  November 22, 2018
  • Make smart feasting choices
    1 / 7 Make smart feasting choices

    The festive season means three things – family, fun, and food. Unfortunately, it usually also means feasting and gaining weight. Thankfully, more restaurants are now including more nutritious options in their festive dishes. From whole grains and fresh herbs to free range meats and flourless cakes, the options are great for the health-conscious and are yummy to boot. But remember to indulge in moderation. At the dinner table, sharing is caring!

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    Photo: The Marmalade Pantry

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  • Cedele
    2 / 7 Cedele

    At Cedele’s all day dining outlets (Great World City and Wheelock Place), they will be offering various festive dishes with a healthy twist. The Turkey Bacon Parcel ($24++) comes with rustic mash potato, low-GI quinoa, antioxidant-rich jasberry black rice and roasted tomato. The Grilled Yuzu Salmon ($23++) is a healthy source of protein and Omega-3, plus the greens give you fibre and vitamins. At their bakeries, you can find the Turkey Bacon Parcel ($23) without the jasberry rice, and the catch of the day is a Grilled Sea Bass ($22).

    You can add a Rose Lychee Martini or Chocolate Flourless Log cake for $7. Like all their bakes, the cakes use organic unrefined sugar and unbleached flour freshly milled every week. They have no additives, artificial flavouring, dough improves, chemical additives or trans fats.

    Price: From $23
    Where:
    #03-14 Wheelock Place
    Info: www.cedelegroup.com or call 6732-8520

    (Also read: Top Places For Vegetarian And Vegan Food in Singapore)

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  • Habitat by Honestbee
    3 / 7 Habitat by Honestbee

    This gigantic multi-sensory grocery and dining store is where you can find the most creative healthy dishes.

    At Fresh Beets, you can find grain bowls featuring quinoa, barley, risotto and bulgur wheat. Each bowl is topped with Mediterranean style roasted vegetables such as pumpkin, eggplant caviar, and sweet potato.

    Meanwhile, Nourish will be serving up herbal soups that help to detox and refresh the body. The Herbal Black Chicken with red dates ($13.50) strengthens the immune system, improves blood circulation and revitalises energy levels. The fish maw soup ($11.90) is a good source of collagen, great for youthful skin. Other light, comforting picks include the lotus root soup with pork ribs ($8.90) and the watercress soup with pork ribs.

    At Chop Chop, you can find the Habitat Rojak ($10), a crunchy, healthier alternative to Singapore’s favourite all-in-one treat. This version uses Asian spinach, Chinese Bok Choy, mint, Sarawak pineapple, Japanese cucumber, watery rose apple, sweet turnip, crispy dough fritters, chopped roasted peanuts and a vinaigrette dressing.

    Price: Fresh Beets $10.90 for a medium grain bowl, $12.90 for large; Nourish $8.90 to $13.50; Chop Chop $10 to $12
    Where: 34 Boon Leat Terrace
    Info: habitat.honestbee.sg

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  • Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
    4 / 7 Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

    Hotel Jen’s Christmas buffet menu highlights include Roasted Canadian Whole Turkey with Garlic and Baby Herbs Stuffing, Oven-Baked Australian Leg of Lamb infused with Mint Honey Mustard, Sweet Basil Truffle Maple Glazed Bone in Gammon Ham, 8-hour Roasted Rosemary crusted Australian Angus Prime Rib, Black Sesame Yuzu and Thyme Yule Log Cake and Pandan, Red Bean and Matcha Yule Log Cake. The herbs used in the festive highlights are freshly harvested and prepared for diners.

    Diners will also get to enjoy a 15 per cent early bird discount for Festive Buffet lunch, brunch, and dinner with confirmed bookings and full payment received from November 8 to December 10.

    Price: From$48
    Address: Makan @ Jen, Level 10 Orchardgateway Singapore
    Info: www.hoteljen.com or call 6831-4333

    (Also read: 9 Healthy Eating Tips to Avoid Weight Gain After Christmas)

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  • Ryan's Grocery
    5 / 7 Ryan's Grocery

    Ryan’s Grocery was founded when the owners found out that their son had intolerances to gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, egg and yeast. Since then, they’ve been looking at the international market to find products that support the local community with a variety of dietary intolerances.

    Their 4.5kg Organic Roast Turkey ($179) is fed 100 per cent organic feed and forage and is a certified organic US-Turkey. It is completely free of gluten, allergen, GMO, antibiotics, or added hormones. This free range-bird has a rich depth of flavour and the meat is tender and moist.

    They will also be offering two Christmas sets – a Christmas Beef Set ($298) and a Christmas Pork Set ($198). The former consists of a 1.5kg organic grass-fed Blackwood Valley Black Angus Beef, 1kg of honey baked ham, and 6kg of roast turkey with chestnut stuffing. The latter comes with 2kg of roast pork collar that was the 2018 National Winner Borrowdale Free Range Pork in Australia, 1kg of honey baked ham, and 6kg of roast turkey with chestnut stuffing. You can add $30 for an organic US-Turkey.

    Last orders must be placed by December 25 and collected by January 3. There is an early bird promotion of 10 per cent for all orders placed before December 10. All weights are estimated measurements.

    Price: $179 to $298
    Where: 
    29 Binjai Park
    Info: www.ryansgrocery.com or call 6463-3933

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  • The Marmalade Pantry
    6 / 7 The Marmalade Pantry

    From December 10 to January 1, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas day, enjoy The Marmalade Pantry’s dine-in festive three-course set menu. With a range of classic and wholesome choices of starters, mains and desserts, highlights include the comforting Vanilla Butternut Soup with a delicate Ricotta Cheese Ravioli. Tuck into traditional favourites such as the Turkey Breast with traditional stuffing, cranberry sauce, sherry dressing and mesclun salad, or an indulgent Beef Tri-Tip with lemon garlic potatoes, sautéed button mushrooms and red wine.

    Healthier options include the charred cauliflower & Bulgur Wheat Salad, and the Pan-fried Salmon. Seafood lovers can also look forward to a special baked Crayfish with herb butter, grilled chicken, Lyonnaise potatoes and sautéed white Shimeiji mushrooms, available only for dinner on 24 and 25 December.

    Price: $38 for lunch and $42 for dinner, $48 for lunch and $52 for dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas day
    Where: #01-02/04 Oasia Hotel Novena
    Info: www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg

    (Also read: 5 Popular Christmas Spices & Their Benefits)

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  • Swissotel Merchant Court
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    Pamper your loved ones with a sumptuous Festive Set Dinner at Blue Potato, a poolside restaurant at Swissotel Merchant Court. On December 24 and 25, diners can enjoy the four-course Christmas menu.

    The appetiser is a Crab Louie Salad, Duck Rilette, Micro Greens, with Caviar Sesame Dressing, and the duck can be removed if you prefer to skip red meat. This is a course that will be high in protein, vitamin C, fibre and folate. To keep your meal lighter, always ask for salad dressing to be served on the side.

    For mains, they’ll serve a low-fat and protein-rich Roasted Turkey Breast and Red Skin Potato or the Tenderloin and Baby Roots vegetables.

    Price: $88++
    Where: 20 Merchant Road
    Info: www.swissotel.com/hotels/singapore-merchant-court, call 6239 1847/1848 or email dining.merchantcourt@swissotel.com

    (Also read: Restaurant Review: Best New Dishes At Kopi Tiam At Swissotel The Stamford)

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