By Lauren Denos: 12/15/2014 (Nutrition)

What is a holiday meal without a little something on the side? We love to see a table full of different delicious dishes to eat. The good news is there are a ton of delicious side dish choices available to you. We are going to go over just a few dishes that are super easy to throw together.

Field Greens Salad


2 cups field green spinach OR baby romaine salad

1/2 cup walnuts

2 whole fresh pears sliced OR one container of strawberries steamed and sliced

8 oz feta cheese



1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tsp dry mustard powder

1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic

1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger

Mix all of the dressing ingredients in either a bowl or a bottle with a lid. Either wisk or shake really well and let sit. If you can make this a day or two ahead of time that is a great idea so that the flavors can mix fully. If you would like a bit more sweetness then you can add some Stevia. Start with just a few drops and keep tasting until you get the flavor you want.

Put the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with dressing just before serving.

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

This is a health and tasty take on normal mashed potatoes.

5lbs red or yellow potatoes

up to 1 bulb of garlic minced (to taste)

1/2 tsp Salt

1/4 cup chopped Basil

1/2 cup olive oil

Cut up and boil potatoes as you would for mashed potatoes. When the potatoes are tender, drain. Add in garlic, salt, basil, and olive oil; then smash up with either a potato masher or a fork. With this type of potato you can either mash them to a smooth consistency or you can leave it chunkier. The chunkiness just adds to the fancy gourmet quality of this dish. Add extra salt and olive oil if needed.

Baked Yams With Cinnamon And Honey

This is a healthier alternative to candied yams but still sweet and tasty! This recipe can also be done with squash. But you will want to cut the squash in half for baking and lay the cut side face down.

2 Yams

2 Tbsp Honey

2 tsp coconut oil

2 tsp cinnamon

4 Tbsp pecans or walnuts

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and dry yams fully. Poke at least 5 holes evenly over each yam. Place yam on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake for about 1 hour, turning the yam half way through cooking. The time it takes for these yams to cook will vary depending on size, Just check them throughout cooking.

Once the yams are done slice just the top of them lengthwise and push the ends slightly so that it opens the yam. In the opening put the coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, and nuts. That is it! Simply easy and delicious!

Parmesan Zucchini

Zucchini is a great addition to any holiday table. And while this has an Italian flair to it, it is a popular dish that makes people want to eat their vegetables.

4 small zucchinis, sliced into 1/2 inch cubes

1/8 cup olive oil

4 cloves of garlic, minced

salt (to taste)

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

In a pan combine zucchini and olive oil, cook without a lid and stir often until the zucchini just starts to soften, then add minced garlic and Italian seasoning. Continue cooking until the zucchini is soft (not mushy). Times will vary. I tend to use a decently high flame and cook for about 4 minutes until I put the garlic in and then cook for 4-5 more minutes. After the zucchini is cooked, add in the Parmesan and salt to taste.

There you have it, a few dishes that you can add to your holiday meal that will also add higher nutritional value. Get creative this year and make some healthy and tasty options for the table. Happy Holidays!



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