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Your Guide to a Healthy Christmas Dinner

by The GreenJinn Team

December 21, 2016


Your Guide to a Healthy Christmas Dinner

Christmas undoubtedly finds itself associated with calorie-dense food and so we tend to succumb to the inevitability¬†of weight gain over the Christmas period. But don’t despair!

We have done the hard work for you,¬†bringing together some of the tastiest festive recipes from around the web and we’ve even prepared a few special coupons that can be found on the GreenJinn App to help you get started!

Appetiser: Smoked Salmon & Asparagus Bundles


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Have a year off from the same old prawn cocktail and serve up a healthier entree. Start the festivities the right way, whether you‚Äôre hosting a dinner, party or just fancy a snack. Inexpensive, easy and nutritious, you can’t go wrong with these!

Check out this recipe from FoodNetwork!

‚ŹĪ Preparation: 10 min; cooking: 20 min

What you’ll need:
  • 170g (approx) Smoked Salmon
  • Asparagus ‚Äď trimmed (about 20 spears)
  • 2tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1tbsp Rosemary Leaves
  • 1pinch Ground Pepper
How to prepare:

1. Preheat oven 180c.
2. Lay the asparagus on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt, and pepper
3. Roast until cooked and starting to brown around the edges (about 10 mins).

4. Remove from the oven and transfer to another baking sheet to cool. Once the asparagus have cooled, wrap each spear in a slice of smoked salmon.
5. Serve at room temperature.

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Sainsbury’s Scottish Oak Smoked Salmon, Taste the Difference

Shop price: £3.50;

Our Cashback: -£1.50





Waitrose Mild and Delicate Scottish Smoked Salmon   _____________

Shop price: £3.32;

Our Cashback: -£1.30

Main Course: Turkey with Clementine & Bay Butter


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Wow your guests and deliver the perfect Christmas table centrepiece –¬†if prepared correctly, your turkey will provide you with a lean source of protein without losing any of its succulence or flavour. Give this fruity turkey recipe a go… opting for a low-fat butter will help to keep the unnecessary calories to a minimum.

Follow this recipe from  from BBC GoodFood!

‚ŹĪ Preparation: 25 min; cooking:¬†3-4 hours¬†(depending on size of turkey); total: 1-2 days

What you’ll need:
  • 5-5 ¬Ĺkg Turkey (giblets and neck removed and saved)
  • 1 Onion (halved)
  • 5 Bay Leaves (torn)
  • 1tsp Black Peppercorn
  • 85g Sea Salt
  • 1 Orange (zest)
  • 100g Low-Fat Butter
  • 1 Clementine (zest and juice)
  • 1 Thyme Sprig
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 4tbsp Flour
  • 250ml Dry Sherry
How to prepare:

1. Salt turkey (1-2 days prior).
2. Mix bay leaves, salt, peppercorn and orange zest together – making a wet salt.
3. Place turkey into roasting tin (breast up) and season with salt mix.
4. Leave in fridge for 2 days.
5. Mix butter, clementine juice/zest, sherry, bay leaves and thyme in a bowl to make butter (1-2 days prior).
6. Heat oven 180c. Cooking time: 40mins per kg for first 4kg, 45mins per kg after that.
7. Rub the turkey with most of the butter. Add the turkey neck to the tin with the onion. Cover the tin loosely with foil and roast for the calculated cooking time. For the final 30mins, remove the foil, baste the turkey, scatter with the left over thyme and orange zest – increase the oven temp to 200C.
8. (Put stuffing into tin if desired).
9. Remove turkey from oven and cover with foil until it is served.

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Sainsbury’s Frozen Turkey Crown, Medium

Shop price: £16.00;

Our Cashback: -£2.00


Essential Waitrose Turkey, Small

Shop price: £20.00; 

Our Cashback: -£2.40

Sainsbury’s Easy Peelers, Taste the Difference

Shop price: £1.00;

Our Cashback: -£0.60


Essential Easy Peelers Sweet Mandarins 600g

Shop price: £1.85;

Our Cashback: -£0.75

Dessert: Cranberry Upside/Down Cake


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Dessert doesn’t need to be a guilty indulgence, even at Christmas! A little time spent on preparation is all it takes to get your fix, with little cost to your metabolism. Instead of a sugar-laden dessert from the supermarket, try this moist and luxurious cake. In fact… we think you might just prefer this yummy and calorie-sparing treat over your usual festive pudding.

Try this recipe from EatingWell!

‚ŹĪ Preparation: 30 min ; cooking:¬†1 hr 50 min

What you’ll need:
  • 4tbsp Low-Fat Butter
  • 1/4cup Orange Juice
  • 3cups Cranberries (thawed if frozen)
  • 3/4cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 2tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4tsp Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/3cup Coconut Oil
  • 1cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
How to prepare:

1. Preheat oven 180c.
2. Heat brown sugar, 2tbsp butter and 2tbsp orange juice in a pan over medium heat – stirring constantly until butter melts and mixture starts to bubble.
3. Let cool, coat the sides of the pan with cooking spray.

4. Bring 1/4cup orange juice and cranberries to a simmer in a saucepan until about 1/2 the cranberries have popped. Pour over (cooled) sugar mixture.
5. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
6. Separate egg whites and yolks. Put yolks into a large bowl and and add 2tbsp butter, oil, granulated sugar and vanilla. Blend until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour mixture and milk alternately (start and end with flour). Stir until flour is just about incorporated.
7. Beat the egg whites in a mixing bowl until they hold soft peaks. Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter, then fold in the rest. Spread the batter over the cranberries.
8. Bake until the top is golden brown and the cake comes away from the sides of the pan (30-40mins). Let cool in the pan, on a wire rack (15mins). Invert the cake onto a plate. Let cool (at least 30mins) before serving.

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Sainsbury’s Cranberries¬†300g

Shop price: £2.00; 

Our Cashback: -£1.00

Waitrose Whole American Cranberries

Shop price: £2.55,

Our Cashback: -£1.40

Christmas can be a difficult time to remain healthy with so much temptation around, so try¬†following these recipes to keep your Christmas menu as mouthwatering as it is good for you. Don’t forget to check your GreenJinn App for relevant coupons to pick up quality ingredients for less!

Meeeerry Christmas from the GreenJinn Team!