Healthy in 30: Holiday Sides

Featured Article,Healthy Meal Ideas,Healthy Recipes and Nutrition
November 7, 2012

"Healthy" and "holiday" belong side-by-side!

The Chew and Top Chef star, Carla Hall, shares three healthy holiday side dishes including Spicy Sweet Potatoes, Mixed Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Cranberry Pear Relish.
Jessica Merchant

The holidays can wreak havoc on your weight. Instead of the traditional high-fat and high-cal sides, try one (or some!) of these healthier—and just-as-delicious—alternatives!

Healthy recipe for Black and Orange Forbidden Rice with Roasted Acorn Squash and Pecans.

Black and Orange Forbidden Rice with Acorn Squash and Pecans

A festival of fall flavors, serve this dish at your next holiday gathering.

Southern Living's healthy Sauteed Greens recipe.

Sautéed Greens

The perfect green side dish.


Corn and Cheddar Spoon Bread

This healthy, homey dish, spiked with fresh corn and extra-sharp cheddar cooks up soft and golden with the satisfaction of corn bread and the lightness of a soufflé.

Carla Hall, The Chew star, shares her Mixed Greens and Butternut Squash Salad Recipe.

Mixed Greens and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

This salad is chock-full of vitamin A for skin and eye health, vitamin K and calcium for strong bones, and diabetes-fighting fiber.


Tabbouleh with Green Beans and Feta

Perfect as a vegetarian main course, this green bean salad also fills the bill as a great potluck dish.


Toasted Hazelnut and Carrot Stir-fry

A quick side dish for your weeknight meals.


Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

Bacon may make Brussels sprouts taste better, but these Brussels sprouts have their own sweet, earthy charm, too. When roasted in the oven with bacon, the results are stunning.


Quick Fix Macaroni and Cheese Muffins

Macaroni and cheese muffins? You heard correctly.Simply mix cooked macaroni with a few ingredients, scoop it into muffin tins, and presto: healthy, portion-controlled, marvelous macaroni and cheese that you can eat out of hand.

Sausage Sourdough Bread Stuffing recipe from Cooking Light The New Way to Cook Light: Fresh Food & Bold Flavors for Today’s Home Cook by Editors of Cooking Light.

Sausage and Sourdough Bread Stuffing

If you don’t fall into the camp that likes a fruity stuffing, here’s a tasty option with tangy sourdough bread, spicy sausage, and lots of herbs.

A healthy recipe for honey glazed sweet potatoes.

Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

These easy sweet potatoes are the perfect last-minute side dish for the holidays!

Healthy recipe for Cheddar Roastedd Broccoli.

Cheddar Roasted Broccoli

A timeless combination of broccoli and cheese.

Warm Asparagus, Shiitake Mushrooms, Tofu Croutons over Arugula

A perfect combination of fresh asparagus and earthy mushrooms.

A healthy and easy recipe for roasted fall vegetables from Southern Living's Home Cooking Basics cookbook.

Roasted Fall Vegetables

This colorful collection of veggies is the ultimate fall fusion.

Carla Hall, The Chew star, shares her Cranberry Pear Relish.

Cranberry Pear Relish

Cranberries help prevent urinary tract infections; pears are high in vitamin K, which supports healthy bones.

Couscous Salad with Edamame, Cranberries and Peanuts

A quick-and-easy, super-tasty, high-fiber combination of flavors, colors and crunch.

Raw Kale Salad recipe from The Meatless Lover's Meatless Celebrations cookbook.

Raw Kale Salad

Mother nature speaks for itself in this kale creation.

Stuffed Red Peppers

Stuffed Red Peppers with Couscous and Green Beans

A garden-full of goodness is what you’ll find in this modern, meatless take on stuffed bell peppers.


Sauteed Green Beans and Potatoes with Rosemary and Lemon Zest

Green beans and potatoes are lightly sautéed and seasoned with lemon and rosemary.


Splish Splash Pepper-Roasted Cauliflower

A splash of fiery pepper-flavored vodka makes this cauliflower dish the life of the party!


Spinach and Cheese Pie

Think spanakopita but without all the work.

Squash Casserole

Fresh Squash Casserole

Use both yellow squash and zucchini in this easy casserole.


Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Garlic cloves, cooked along with the potatoes, give this purée extra body and lots of flavor.


Dried Fruit and Sausage Stuffing

Sweet raisins paired with smoky turkey sausage to stuff a bird or serve plain.

Recipe for Carla Hall's Spicy Sweet Potatoes.

Spicy Sweet Potato Puree

Sweet potatoes are great sources of vitamins C and A, as well as fiber, potassium and bone-building calcium.

Stuffed squash recipe from the Meatless Lover's Meatless Celebrations cookbook.

Delicata Boats With Red Rice Stuffing

Stuffed with mahogany-hued red rice, these boats are hearty yet elegant.


Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

The best thing about this yummy, cheesy pasta and cauliflower dish is that it comes together so fast.

Baked Cinnamon Apples

This snack can be made in the microwave or the oven.

A rustic fall Pear Pomegranate and Candied Walnut salad recipe.

Pear, Pomegranate and Candied Walnut Salad

A fresh holiday side salad.


Butternut Squash Filled with Spinach and Ricotta

A satisfying, colorful, vegetarian main dish.

Roasted Asparagus from The Meatless Lover's Meatless Celebrations cookbook.

Roasted Asparagus With Gremolata And Almond Star Dust

Gremolata is a mixture of parsley, lemon zest, and garlic traditionally used as a garnish for osso buco, but there’s no reason we have to wait until veal shank night to enjoy this herbal breath of freshness.


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