Healthy Holiday Side Dish Recipes to Try
December is here, which for all of us foodies means trying new holiday recipes and revisiting old standby favorites. Here, we’re revisiting some of our favorite recipes that lend themselves nicely as tasty and nourishing holiday meal accents, from celery root mashed potatoes to farro stuffing.
We found three unique and healthy mashed potato options from Canyon Ranch, Cal-a-Vie in Vista, California, and Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah. From mint to celery root to wasabi, we love these new takes on the always-present mashed potato sides.
For a healthier stuffing alternative, try mixing it up with some whole grains; we love farro—an ancient superfood grain well-loved in Italy—for its nutty taste and firm chewy texture, and also its immense health benefits. We created this recipe just for you!
Known by various names, including dinosaur kale and lacinato kale, black kale is a hearty green with leaves that need to be thoroughly saturated with dressing, Miraval writes in its Mindful Eating cookbook.
We love the versatility of the often-ignored cauliflower, and this recipe from Golden Door Spa will help you see the cruciferous vegetable in a whole new light, as it warms you up from the inside out. “This silken soup has the rich flavor of a classic, indulgent, cheesy fondue but with none of the guilt,” Golden Door Spa says in its cookbook, Golden Door Cooks at Home.
This recipe from Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts is as simple as it is tasty and nutritious. As well, check out some handy holiday eating tips from the resort to keep from eating more than you need to this season.
Keep this recipe handy for when pomegranates, “an old fruit with a new following,” Rancho La Puerta writes, appear in the market in November. We love how the chipotle isn’t too hot at all; rather, it gives a hint of smokiness that pairs well with the sweetness of the pears.
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This is one of our favorite articles. It was originally published on November 9, 2012.