Healthy Alternatives to Holiday Side Dishes

Holiday Side Dishes

The holidays are great for spending with loved ones, enjoying delicious food and getting some quality rest and relaxation. However, the holidays can also end up being a period of overindulgence, and can wreck a diet or nutrition program. Check out these two recipes that are tasty, nutritious, and a perfect addition to your holiday meals.

Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients:
- 1 head cauliflower cut into bite size pieces
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
- Buttermilk substitute: 1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar added to 1 cup of milk
- 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste
- Optional: fresh chives for garnish

Directions:
- Place cauliflower florets and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor.
- Add buttermilk, 3 teaspoons olive oil, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garnish with chives, if desired.
- Serve hot.

Lemon Garlic Green Beans

Ingredients:

- 2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest or 1 tsp lemon juice
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:
- Blanch green beans in a large stock pot of well salted boiling water until bright green in color and tender crisp, roughly 2 minutes.
- Drain and shock in a bowl of ice water to stop from cooking.
- Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and the butter. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the beans and continue to sauté until coated in the butter and heated through, about 5 minutes.
- Add lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.


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