here are some delicious side dishes you can use to substitute some of your starchy, diet busting traditional sides served at Holiday dinners.
Sweet Potato mash with bananas and roasted pecans
- 4-6 medium size sweet potatoes
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup of skim milk
- 1 cup pecans (halved or chopped)
- 1/2 tbsp of a mild oil
preheat oven to 425° F and place sweet potatoes wrapped in foil on a baking sheet. Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until sweet potatoes are fully cooked and a fork or knife easily slides in and out of potato. Halfway through the cooking time, place unpeeled bananas in oven on rack. Cook until sweet potatoes are finished cooking and both bananas and sweet potatoes are soft.
Meanwhile, mix pecans and oil and place in oven for the last 5 to 1o minutes of cooking that potatoes have remaining. Season roasted pecans with salt and cinnamon to your liking
Remove peels and skin from bananas and sweet potatoes and add to a large mixing bowl. Mix and mash banana and sweet potato combination. Add butter and milk if using and sprinkle with cinnamon and top with the roasted pecans. Serve and Enjoy!
Honey Glazed Carrots
- 2-3 cups small baby carrots (pre-peeled)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- fresh minced parsley and/or chives
Whole9 “NOT” Stuffing
- 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (we used the 95% lean)
- 2 cups walnut pieces, very finely chopped/ground and soaked overnight (rinse several times before using)
- 1 medium sweet onion, diced
- 4 stalks of celery, diced
- 1 apple, cored and finely diced
- Several springs of fresh rosemary, sage, thyme, and marjoram (poultry mix), finely chopped
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Chop all the veggies, the apple, and herbs. Saute the beef and celery for 3-4 minutes on medium heat, making sure that the beef gets broken up into really small pieces as it cooks. (Big chunks are not very stuffing-like!) We used a big saucepan for this, you don’t want the contents to overflow once everything was mixed. Add the onion and apple, and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the herbs, garlic powder, walnuts, and salt, and mix thoroughly. The beef should NOT be totally cooked at this point – there should still be some pink. Pull everything out of the pan, and dump it into a 9×13 baking pan (or two 6×9 pans), and bake uncovered at 375 for 30 minutes. Serve hot from the oven.