Seven Healthy Side Dishes That Will Complete Your Festival Feast

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Holidays are special occasions and are always celebrated with joy and enthusiasm. People start to think about mouthwatering delicacies upon the arrival of Christmas and Thanksgiving. However, people with existing health conditions and health conscious individuals might refrain from overeating. 

Luckily there are many options for healthy sides that can be enjoyed by cutting the calories and can add unwanted pounds. With these few sides for Thanksgiving, your daily meals can be made even healthier and can look beautiful by adding topiaries to the environment. 

Sweet Potato Recipes

Instead of potatoes try sticking with sweet potatoes as it becomes a great choice. In addition to being a great alternative, it tastes great and also has fewer calories than the creamy version of potato side dishes and mashed potatoes. 

Before adding sweet potato, you have to be sure to select the one with cinnamon instead of loading it marshmallow, butter, and brown sugar. A little serving of this dish brings only 157 calories to the waistline. Roasting sweet potato is simpler when compared to mashing and boiling. Adding up maple syrup to this dish transforms it into a whole new look. 

With the current mashed potato dish, you can add more sweet potatoes to add further deliciousness and more calories. Use an oven instead of a saucepan.

The creamy and delicious sweet potato casserole collects all its aromatic flavors through honey and freshly grated orange zest instead of the traditional butter stick. For completing healthy makeover, it would be a lot better to sprinkle up to a crunchy pecan streusel spiked with orange juice concentrate on top. Marshmallows can, later on, be used for other dishes. 

Whole grain dishes for keeping it healthy

Serving these side dishes would surely fetch you compliments from your friends and loved ones. It is best to select fresh whole grain rolls for your dinner sides. The dishes you will cook with whole grains would be rich in fiber and other nutrients. You can try out rolls without adding the creamy and buttery topping. Otherwise, you can put on little spread without making it unhealthy. 

A healthy winter squash would be a great way for added delightfulness to all your dishes. With winter squash you can easily add rich flavors to barley pilaf. For adding a lively finish, you can use Gremolata, an Italian combination of lemon zest, parsley, and garlic that provides the dish with a lively finish. The Pilaf would look great when added with Parmesan. 

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

A pungent cauliflower puree would be a perfect dish to add to a low carb diet. The dish would get all its delicious flavors from the buttermilk, garlic and a little fineness of butter, and the best thing is that is packs about only one-quarter of the calories that you typically get with mashed potatoes. So if you are thinking about adding this side, it can be varied by adding chopped fresh herbs and low fat cheese. 

German-inspired Warm Red Cabbage Salad is an easy to prepare quick side dish. It is cooked till tender and gets combined with sweet caraway apples and tangy vinaigrette. You can serve the dish with the help of roasted pork lion or turkey kielbasa and can further use faux floral arrangement for an added professional look to the surrounding environment. 

The massaged Kale Salad dish gets ready with the infusion of aromatic garlic dressing above the kale just after massaging the dressing and the greens with your hands. Any kale can be used in preparation for this simple kale salad recipe; you just have to remember to remove tough stems even before preparation of the recipe.

Puddings and tarts 

Add up sweet caramelized pears to the comforting highlight, raisin laden bread pudding and custardy. When turned out of the baking dish, the flan-like pudding would rest at a large pool of intense caramel, which makes it worthy of its place on a holiday table. This can be served chilled or warm.

Fontina red onion and sweet potato tart is a roasted-veggie tart and serves as a great thanksgiving appetizer or side for a special dinner. The pastry dough is simple to roll on parchment and is very forgiving. The walnut laden crust becomes crisp and is served warm, but the tart can be enjoyed at cold as well as room temperature. 

Lemon-Dill Green Beans

This lemon and dill vinaigrette would be a natural complement for green beans. This would also be appearing great while drizzling with fresh sliced tomatoes or tossing with steamed asparagus. For serving ten people with the recipe, you would need to have 2 ½ times of all the ingredients: Use ¾ teaspoons mustard and 2 ½ tablespoons each shallot, lemon juice and oil, 3 tbsp dill, 2 ½ pound green beans, ¾ teaspoon pepper, and salt. 

Mushroom Casserole and Mashed Potato

Regular mashed potato can be easily fancied up by having an additional layer of mushroom duxelle-a sauté of finely chopped shallots and mushrooms. Traditional butter gets omitted in duxelles and chard can be added for getting a boost in nutrition. Instead of using regular mash potato you can serve this side and enjoy as a main dish. 

Squash as sides 

Though serving pasta would not seem like a common option for Christmas, the spaghetti cheese, and squash mac would be a comforting dish that would have guests just ready to savor the delicious flavors with a beautiful surrounding environment through silk arrangements for your table. 

Delicata squash and pears get squashed with brown sugar, bacon, and chili powder to get a delectable combination. The dish can be converted in a vegetarian one by tossing pears and squash with chili powder and brown sugar at the final 5 minutes of slow roasting. 

The Christmas table would surely be incomplete without adding cranberry to your dishes. Being a perfect mixable with all other dishes a little bit of sweetness gets added to everything else on the plate. You can also try the vegan orange ginger cranberry relish which is gluten-free without any added sugar. 

With these sides, everyone including vegans and health conscious people would be happy without having to give on the taste. With all the dishes above your cravings can be met without consuming additional unhealthy calories.

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