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Low Fat Holiday Side Dishes

Lighter Options for the Holiday Table


Holiday meals are notoriously fat- and calorie-laden, especially the side dishes, with all their added cream, butter and sugar. These holiday side dishes are a good deal healthier.

1. Cranberry Apple Stuffing Muffins

Cranberry Apple Stuffing Muffins
Fiona Haynes
One of my favorite parts of a holiday meal is the stuffing, but as you can imagine, stuffing can pack in a surprising amount of calories. Not so with these perfectly portioned low fat cranberry apple stuffing muffins.

2. Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Healthy Green Bean Casserole
Fiona Haynes
This slimmed-down version of green bean casserole has fresh green beans, and a delicious mushroom sauce topped off with sauteed onions and fresh whole-grain breadcrumbs. This transforms a salty and fatty holiday classic into a guilt-free green bean casserole you'll actually want to eat.

3. Carrot and Butternut Squash Puree

Carrot and Butternut Squash Puree
Fiona Haynes
This carrot and butternut squash puree has a creamy texture yet contains no added fat. Enjoy this gorgeously orange-hued side dish with any roast dinner, especially at Thanksgiving and through the Holiday season.

4. Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Fiona Haynes
If you're less keen on pureed side dishes, then roasted carrots and parsnips might be just the thing. Roasting these vegetables brings out a nutty sweetness that complements the meat of your meal nicely.

5. Acorn Squash Rings

Acorn Squash Rings
Fiona Haynes
Acorn squash rings are prepared without any oil or fat, and make a nice addition to a holiday meal; plus they're attractive to look at.

6. Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts
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These Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts are tender yet still have a bite to them, and are a far cry from the mushy gray Brussels Sprouts many of us remember growing up.

7. Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad

Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad
Fiona Haynes
I was never a big fan of beets as a child, probably because the only way I was served them was from a jar. Roasted beets taste entirely different, as roasting them brings out the best in this earthy vegetable. Carrots complement the beets with their sweetness, which is enhanced by roasting.

8. Cranberry Apple Sauce

Cranberry Apple Sauce
Fiona Haynes
Cranberries and apples pair beautifully in this naturally low-fat, low-calorie sauce. Don't forget to use the sauce in turkey and or ham sandwiches in the day or two following Thanksgiving or Christmas.

9. Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes
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Garlic mashed potatoes can be creamy and flavorful without all that butter and cream. Yukon Gold potatoes make the best mashed potatoes in my view, as they have a creamy, buttery texture to begin with.

10. Turkey Gravy

Go ahead, pour some gravy over your holiday turkey and mashed potatoes. It's full of flavor and low in fat. A fat separator makes light work of defatting the bird's juices.
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