Healthified Meals Pt. 2: Side Dishes

What would a holiday meal be without sides?…. See below for staples that won’t sacrifice flavor

Let’s start with the most important. Can there be a holiday meal without Macaroni & Cheese?

Macaroni & Cheese

  • 2 cups of macaroni ( whole grain)
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 2 cups evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups low-fat cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • nonstick cooking spray, as needed
  1. Cook macaroni according to directions—but do not add salt to the cooking water. Drain and set aside.
  2. Spray casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 o F.
  4. Lightly spray saucepan with nonstick cooking spray. Add onions to saucepan and saute for about 3 minutes.
  5. In another bowl, combine macaroni, onions, and the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  6. Transfer mixture into casserole dish.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly.
  8. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Smothered Greens

  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ pound smoked turkey breast, skinless
  • 1 tablespoon fresh hot pepper, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds greens (mustard, turnip, collard, kale, or mixture)
  1. Place all ingredients except greens into large saucepan and bring to boil.
  2. Prepare greens by washing thoroughly and removing stems.
  3. Tear or slice leaves into bite-size pieces.
  4. Add greens to turkey stock. Cook for 20–30 minutes until tender.

Candied Yams

  • 3 medium yams (1½ cups)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon flour, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon soft tub margarine
  • ½ cup orange juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. Cut yams in half and boil until tender, but firm (about 20 minutes). When cool enough to handle, peel and slice into ¼-inch thickness.
  3. Combine sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and grated orange peel.
  4. Place half of sliced yams in medium-sized casserole dish. Sprinkle with spiced sugar mixture.
  5. Dot with half the amount of margarine.
  6. Add second layer of yams, using the rest of the ingredients in the order above. Add orange juice.
  7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.


Recipe Links: Side Dish Recipes

Stay tuned for next week’s feature: Desserts 



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