Healthy Side Dishes for the Holidays can be tricky. You are trying to feed and please a crowd while sticking to your eating plan. I put together a list of our favorite healthy side dishes for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and other time of the year.
The BEST Healthy Side Dishes for the Holidays
Many of these healthy side dishes can be made ahead of time. Over the years as I’ve hosted our growing extended family for more holidays I’ve found that make-ahead side dishes are a life saver. No matter when you host a holiday you end up with a sink full of dishes. If you are prepping many different courses from scratch that overflowing sink can spill out onto the countertop, and the island, and the dining room table.
Making some of the food ahead of time, and getting to wash those dirty dishes ahead of time will make you a more peaceful host or hostess. I promise.
This is the best mashed potato sub I have tried. No one will complain when my Keto Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese and Asiago take that starchy side’s place. The best part is this reheats well. Feel free to bake it the day before and then just microwave to reheat.
This is the best creamed spinach recipe ever. With just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep, you can have cheesy, bacony creamed spinach at the dinner table in no time.
My Garlic Broccoli may not look like much but it is the.best.broccoli you will ever eat. I could seriously eat pounds of this stuff. My family likes it at room temp so it is easy to make-ahead.
These Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms are a quick and easy side dish or appetizer with a ton of flavor. Sundried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and cheese overflow tender button mushrooms. To make these ahead of time stuff them and then bake right before serving.
Easy Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce with only four ingredients and water. Five minutes of prep and the smell of cranberries, cinnamon, and vanilla will fill your house.
My simple Pumpkin Biscuits are moist and tender with just a hint of pumpkin balanced with fragrant fresh rosemary. They are a delicious healthy accompaniment to a bowl of soup, salad, or to a harvest feast. The best part is they mix up in 5 minutes and are on the table in 30!
Caesar salad is one of our go-to easy sides for dinner & our favorite dressing is ready in two minutes and can be made ahead.
Soups are a great make-ahead holiday side dish. One of our favorite ways to entertain is to have a couple of big pots of soup on the stove or in crock pots and put out sandwich fixings. This Roasted Red Pepper Soup is so much better than the store bought carton varieties. With only a handful of ingredients, it is as easy as roasting some veggies and using a blender.
Tender roasted cauliflower dripping with blue cheese sauce and sprinkled with crispy bacon. Oh, yes. This Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce & Bacon is the best side dish ever. And it only has four ingredients!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic are one of the easiest side dishes I make for my family. They are flavorful and nutritious. And, before you ask, my kids enjoy them too! Give them a try and you’ll see why.
This Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe tastes just as good a day or two after you make it. It is rich and creamy and the perfect start to a holiday meal.
My Creamy Bacon Dip will not disappoint. Serve with some cut veggies for a guilt-free appetizer or side dish.