On the day of the big feast, here’s a light mid­day meal to keep you go­ing while still leav­ing room for din­ner—plus lower-al­co­hol of­fer­ings to serve along­side.

Food & Drink - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - By Vic­to­ria Walsh

This light mid­day meal will keep you sat­is­fied on Christ­mas day—along­side lower-al­co­hol prod­ucts—leav­ing you plenty of room for din­ner.

WITH JUICY, GRAVY-DRENCHED turkey, hot hors d’oeu­vre pas­tries, creamy eggnog and po­tent mulled wine, hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ing usu­ally means deca­dence. But, eaten in abun­dance, these rich tra­di­tional dishes can lose their charm and we find our­selves seek­ing bal­ance.

To the res­cue: a light menu that’s fit for a Christ­mas Day lunch—and that also saves you pre­cious time be­cause it al­lows for some ad­vance prep. Make Le­mon-Grass Aïoli and Lob­ster-Crab Cakes the day be­fore, then tuck them into the fridge. On the day of, roast grapes and top Camem­bert for an easy starter, then bake the pre­pared crab cakes while you toss to­gether the re­fresh­ing salad. Sip on a palate-cleans­ing lowal­co­hol cock­tail that doesn’t re­quire you to pull out the shaker. And fin­ish it all off with fresh-fruit-topped chia dessert (that you also made in ad­vance) that will end the feast on an ap­pro­pri­ately cel­e­bra­tory note—with zero wor­ries about spoil­ing your­self for din­ner.

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