Got your main course down pat and have no trouble with dessert? This holiday season add some creativity to your soups and other starters. Here are five recipes we’d like to try ourselves.

Butternut Squash Soup

This elegant first course comes from the Disney Family web site. Key feature: a hint of curry. If you make it in big batches, you can freeze it and then quickly whip it up for dinner throughout the winter.

Cheese Quesadillas

Here’s a tasty and simple way to start your holiday feast. This dish, from RealSimple.com, is ideal for finger food. You can serve it to holiday guests as they arrive, mingle and wait to be seated. Also, it only takes 15 minutes to prepare.

Snow Pea, Scallion and Radish Salad

This out-of-the-ordinary salad (no lettuce) is one easy way to impress your dinner guests from the very beginning of your meal. Posted on FineCooking.com, the ingredients are flavorful and eye-catching.

Cashews with Crispy Sage and Garlic

You can even spice up a snack starter as basic as nuts.  This recipe, from FoodandWine.com, will catch the eye of your holiday guests – and their taste buds.

Christmas Eve Chili

This chili will warm up even those celebrating Christmas in the coldest of climes. The recipe comes from AllThingsChristmas.com. A hearty holiday favorite just keep your fingers crossed your family and friends don’t fill up too fast.