Tag: side dish

Sweet Cranberry-Glazed Carrots

by in Healthy Holidays, December 23, 2012

carrot salad
A Christmas meal isn’t complete without a “sweet” element — but who says the sweet stuff is just for dessert? This year, add some sweetness to your dinner table and have a not-so-traditional side dish: cranberry-glazed carrots. It’s as simple as taking cranberries and carrots and combining them together for one delicious dish.

Including orange juice and zest is also a way to kick up the flavor – in a way even the kids will enjoy! To ensure this dish is not-too-sweet, add  fresh mint to help bring balance.

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Roasted Pecan Broccoli

by in Healthy Holidays, December 22, 2012

broccoli with pecans
Veggies don’t have to be hard to cook or hard to eat. This Christmas, add some extra nutrition to your holiday dinner. This roasted pecan broccoli is a colorful, quick and easy dish to whip up.

Broccoli is delicious and something I always stock up on. More importantly, it is loaded with nutrients that are good for your overall health. Broccoli has been known to help fight against certain cancers and strokes. An added bonus: broccoli is low in calories, so eating more of it during the splurge-happy holidays isn’t likely to affect your waistline. The pecans in this recipe offer a bonus too: they contain disease-fighting nutrients and antioxidants. Plus, pecans hold multiple good-for-you fatty acids that are essential in an everyday balanced diet. So go ahead, let this roasted pecan broccoli side dish be the healthiest decision you’ll make all December.

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Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Honey-Cherry Stuffing

by in Gluten-Free, Thanksgiving, November 14, 2012

What would Thanksgiving be without stuffing? If you’re looking for an allergen-friendly recipe or just a delicious new take on this holiday staple, you’ve found it here! I’ve created a sweet stuffing that is perfect for kids and adults alike. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan so you can easily serve this to your entire Thanksgiving table without having to worry about food preferences. If nut-allergies are a problem, you can easily substitute in ground flax seeds for a similar crunch and nutty flavor.

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Summer Pasta Salad

by in Robin's Healthy Take, August 6, 2012

While researching nutrition for this post, I nearly fell off my chair when I ran the numbers for store-bought pasta salad. I knew prepared pasta dishes were fairly rich, but I didn’t think one two-cup serving had more calories, fat and sodium than three McDonald’s Double Cheeseburgers. Yes, THREE. Read it and weep:

Store-bought pasta salad (2 cups):
Calories: 818
Total Fat: 67 grams
Saturated Fat: 18 grams
Total Carbohydrate: 30 grams
Sugars: 3 grams
Protein: 21 grams
Sodium: 2181 milligrams
Cholesterol: 61 milligrams
Fiber: 6 grams

Two cups of this disastrous dish contain an entire day’s worth of fat and sodium. Spread the word because pasta salads are a backyard barbecue’s best friend – and it’s one of the most popular side dishes to grab at the grocery store, whether for your own party or a friend’s. Save everyone’s arteries at the next soiree and make my lighter version. It’s fresh and wonderful and has just 341 calories for the same 2-cup serving.

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Labor Day Sides

by in Healthy Recipes, September 3, 2011
grilled summer squash
Grilled summer squash, from Food Network Magazine.

Celebrate the end of summer with these healthy sides — each has fewer than 250 calories per serving. Side dishes should add color, flavor, and a variety of nutrients to your meal. Take your pick from these scrumptious options.

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Spotlight Recipe: Black Bean Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, May 25, 2009

Black Bean Salad
This deliciously simple dish is the perfect Memorial Day side. Amazingly, there’s no oil or other fat added to it — meaning it’s fat-free. Instead, you get tons of fiber from the beans, corn and other veggies. A touch of pineapple adds a sweetness to the combo, too.

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Spotlight Recipe: Sweet Potato and Celery Root Fries

by in Healthy Recipes, December 26, 2008


Embrace your root vegetables. Celery root (a.k.a celeriac) doesn’t get much love mostly because people don’t know what to do with it. Containing vitamin K and potassium, it has a fresh celery flavor. This dish pairs the root with sweet potatoes, another tuber that’s loaded with B vitamins and beta-carotene.

These spicy-and-savory fries are a perfect side dish for a simple sandwich or some of your leftover roast. And don’t worry, they’re oven-baked, not fried.

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