This holiday season, serve veggie-friendly appetizers that are healthy as well as delicious.

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

The holiday season brings celebrations that can derail many of us from our healthy eating routines. But you can celebrate without regretting your food choices. Here are some appetizers that are as healthy and nutritious as they are delicious.

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

  1. Herbed Cream-Filled Cherry Tomatoes (Vegan)
  2. Minted Pea Crostini
  3. Endive Leaves with Harissa Carrot Yogurt
  4. Polenta Bites with Red Chard
  5. Canary Island Potatoes with Romesco

My next Thrive Kitchen cooking class at Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay will be a Holiday Appetizer Party at which we’ll learn to prepare these dishes, then enjoy them together.

I will also offer a Holiday Cooking Demonstration at Macy’s Union Square on Saturday, December 8th.

The Thrive Kitchen offers cooking classes once a month on Tuesday evenings at the Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay Medical Offices, 1600 Owens St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes offer instruction and hands-on practice in healthy cooking techniques as well as the chance to enjoy a delicious meal made from scratch.

Advance registration required and opens in November. The fee is $30 for Kaiser Permanente Members and $40 for non-members. For more information, email the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Health Education Department at or call 415-833-3450.

To learn more about my cooking and see more of my recipes, check out my Facebook page, The Doctor’s Spicebox, and my blog, Spicebox Travels. I also contribute recipes to Kaiser Permanente’s Food for Health blog, which offers new recipes and meal planning tips every month.

Linda Shiue, MD, is a primary care doctor and professionally trained chef who believes that the best medicine is prevention, based upon a healthy lifestyle. As Director of Culinary Medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, she is developing a teaching kitchen to empower patients with a new set of skills and knowledge to improve their health and wellness--nutrition applied through cooking skills. Classes are offered through the Health Education Department at (415) 833-3450. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Shiue offers cooking demonstrations and hands-on workshops in which students learn to prepare seasonal produce lavishly flavored with spices and fresh herbs. Her food writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Remedy Quarterly, Salon, Culinate, and online editions of The New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine. She also has her own website,