Round out your holiday meals with these low-sugar, low-fat, and high-flavor side dishes.
September 29, 2010
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Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole
Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole Recipe Broccoli casserole is always a popular menu items for holiday meals. This one is slightly high in sodium because of the cheese and the canned cream of mushroom soup, so if you need to cut back on sodium even more, use a low-sodium soup.
Rosemary Green Beans Recipe Perk up fresh green beans with rosemary, green onions, and grated lemon rind, and add crunch by topping with toasted pecans. All of these simple flavors come together perfectly to make an ideal side dish for turkey, beef, or pork.
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Fruited Acorn Squash
Fruited Acorn Squash Recipe Fill the center of a halved squash with a slightly sweetened mixture of raisins and dried cranberries for an impressive side dish that’s not only delicious but also packed with nutrients.
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Cheesy Squash Casserole
Cheesy Squash Casserole Recipe If a cheesy squash casserole is a tradition on your holiday table, this low-fat version won't disappoint. Cook yellow squash and onions together, combine with a low-fat white sauce, then top with reduced-fat cheese and fresh breadcrumbs.
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Roasted New Potatoes
Roasted New Potatoes Recipe Sometimes the simplest sides are the best. Toss quartered potatoes with seasoned breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, then roast until the potatoes are done and the breadcrumb-cheese coating is golden-brown and crispy.
9 of 15Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Curry-Spiced Sweet Potatoes
Curry-Spiced Sweet Potatoes Recipe Instead of a sugary-sweet, high-fat sweet potato casserole, try these mashed sweet potatoes flavored with curry, cinnamon, cumin and just a tablespoon of brown sugar. A small amount of half-and-half makes them creamy, but they still have only 3.7 grams of fat per serving.
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Pecan White and Brown Rice Pilaf
Pecan White and Brown Rice Pilaf Recipe This high-fiber pilaf feature white and brown rice plus bulgur. Dried cranberries add a touch of festive color and sweetness while toasted pecans add a nutty flavor to the blend of grains.
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Holiday Cranberry Salad
Holiday Cranberry Salad Recipe Congealed fruit salads are a staple on many holiday tables, and this low-sugar version is dressed up with fresh cranberries, crisp celery, and tart Granny Smith apple.
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Honey Grapefruit with Banana
Honey Grapefruit with Banana Recipe This 5-minute fruit side dish makes a sweet accompaniment for a hearty holiday brunch. Chopped fresh mint is the magic ingredient that adds a refreshing note to the banana and grapefruit.
Broccoli and Apple Salad
Recipe Crisp chopped apple adds sweetness to this crisp red and green salad, with apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard adding tanginess. This is a great salad for the fall holidays because both apples and broccoli are in season. For a creamy version of this salad, try Broccoli Salad featuring grapes, raisins, light mayonnaise, and crisp bacon.