With Thanksgiving only a few days away, you may just now be sitting down to plan the menu and make the grocery list. While holidays tend to be a time of indulgence, there are healthy alternatives to classic sides that pack maximum flavor and minimum guilt. Sticking to whole, fresh ingredients and steering clear of prepackaged or processed foods ensures you’re providing your family with a nourishing and satisfying meal.
This twist on a holiday staple offers a tasty way to sneak in a few vegetables for even the pickiest of eaters. This blend of boiled potatoes and broccoli combined into a creamy puree and seasoned to taste can be a used as a soup appetizer or side dish.
If you’re entertaining carb-conscious guests, using mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes eliminates the starch but keeps the creamy taste. Simply boil fresh cauliflower until tender and blend until smooth, season to taste and serve. You can even dress it up with cheese, bacon or chives.
There are few recipes easier or more crowd-pleasing than classic roasted vegetables. Choose your favorites, toss in olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, line a cookie sheet and spread the veggies evenly. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until browned. Serve immediately or keep warm in the oven.
Spruce up some sprouts with tasty pancetta, an Italian bacon. Boil the Brussels sprouts until tender, drain and pat dry. Heat oil and shallots in a pan and add the sprouts, sliced lengthwise. Chop pancetta, add to skillet and cook until browned.
Replace plain dinner rolls with these antioxidant-packed tomato biscuits. Diced tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and yogurt mixed with flour, baking soda, salt and olive oil make up this easy healthy alternative.
This fresh take on Thanksgiving dressing is made with jasmine or white rice, dried apricots, raisins, almonds and fresh rosemary. Plan for a little extra time as this recipe can take up to an hour, but it’s sure to become a family favorite.