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Best Recipes For Christmas Side Dishes (Healthy, Easy and Delicious)

Discover 4 of the very best recipes for Christmas side dishes that are guaranteed to make your festive meals, with family or friends, a huge success!

These recipes are healthy, nutritious and incredibly delicious. You’ll be wanting Christmas to come more often, for an excuse to enjoy these again and again.

So why wait? These menu showstoppers are perfect for anytime of the year and are sure to be enjoyed by everyone invited to attend the feast.

So what are they?

The 4 Best Recipes For Christmas Side Dishes.

Portobello Mushroom And Lentil Stuffed Acorn Squash. Christmas Side Dishes.

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This delightful acorn squash dish provides a wonderfully nutty and deliciously different dish.

The addition of crispy pancetta or bacon, the rich Portobello mushrooms, Sweet Dates, and herbal aromas of sage bring immense flavor.

No more soggy squash dishes! This will transform the way you view squash! A wonderful dish with deep flavor, and sure to be enjoyed by all!

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Portobello Stuffed Acorn Squash

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Our stuffed acorn squash provides a protein packed, healthy and tasty alternative to the usual or traditional Christmas side dishes. With the crisp pancetta, deliciously rich Portobello mushrooms, tangy and sweet dates along with aromatic sage you get fabulous, bold flavors with every bite.

And as an added bonus, the addition of the lentils and walnuts give depth and a truly nutty flavor. This dish is equally as good as a vegetarian option (simply remove the pancetta).

Ingredients

  • 3 Acorn Squash, cut in half and seeds removed

  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 to 4 cloves Garlic, finely minced 

  • 4 oz. Pancetta, diced

  • 1 ½ pounds Portobello Mushrooms, roughly chopped

  • ½ medium Yellow Onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup Green Lentils, cooked

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Sage, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup Dry Red Wine

  • 1/3 cup Dates, roughly chopped

  • ¼ cup Walnuts, roughly chopped

  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

    1. Position your oven rack to the center of the oven and preheat to 400°F.
    2. Spray a large baking dish with non stick cooking spray and set aside. 

    3. Place the acorn squash halves cut side up in your prepared baking dish and brush cut edges with one tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
    4. Place baking dish on center rack in pre-heated oven and roast for 40 minutes, or until the squash is fork tender.
    5. In the meantime, heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly browned, approximately 2-3 minutes.
    6. Add chopped mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to brown, approximately 4-5 minutes.
    7. Add sliced onions and continue cooking, stirring once or twice, for another 3-4 minutes. 

    8. Stir in the green lentils, fresh sage, and red wine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens, approximately 8-10 minutes.
    9. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped dates and toasted walnuts. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Set aside.

    10. When ready, remove cooked squash from oven. Let the squash cool slightly before filling each half with the Portobello mushroom mixture.
    11. Sprinkle each half with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
    12. Return the stuffed squash to the oven for another 5-10 minutes. Ensure the mixture is heated through and the cheese has melted.
    13. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Notes

Acorn squash seeds can be seasoned and toasted, just like pumpkin seeds. Reserve the seeds while preparing this recipe to enjoy as a healthy snack later.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 11gSugar: 9gProtein: 12g

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Creamy Mashed Sweet Potato With Walnuts and Thyme. Christmas Side Dishes.

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These rich and creamy mashed sweet potatoes just have to feature in our best recipes for Christmas side dishes. In fact they would feature as one of the best recipes for just about any holiday meal.

They are so quick and easy to make, you’ll want to enjoy them throughout the year. And why not! Healthy, Nutritious and Delicious!

Sweet Potatoes Christmas Side Dishes

Creamy Sweet Potato Mash With Fresh Thyme

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Sweet potatoes are as healthy and nutritious as they are delicious. They contain fewer calories, and are higher in fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C than their white counterparts. Enjoy this fantastic festive dish!

Ingredients

For The Sweet Potato

  • 4 large Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted Butter, room temperature

  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons low fat milk or half and half

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground all-spice

  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Optional Garnish

  • Whipped Cream Cheese
  • Walnut Halves, toasted

Instructions

    1. Place the peeled sweet potatoes in a very large pot and cover with cold water.
    2. Bring the water to a boil and then gently simmer the water until the potatoes are fork tender, approximately 15-20 minutes.
    3. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain thoroughly and return the potato to the pot.
    4. Add the butter, cream cheese, and milk, or half & half, to the sweet potatoes.
    5. Mash with an immersion blender or a hand-held masher. For a thinner consistency, add more milk, if desired.
    6. Once the potatoes are lump free and creamy, stir in thyme leaves, cinnamon, and all-spice until well blended.
    7. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve immediately.
    8. To make whipped cream cheese topping, blend 4 oz. softened cream cheese, 3 tablespoons half & half, and a dash of cinnamon with an immersion blender or hand-held mixer until light and fluffy.
    9. Top with a spoonful of whipped cream cheese and/or toasted walnuts, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Garnish is Optional and Not Included In Nutrition Calculations

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 4g

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Cranberry and Pear Sauce With Ginger and Rosemary. Christmas Side Dishes.

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This gorgeous and delicious cranberry pear sauce is sure to be a hit this holiday season!

It is super quick and easy to make and has no refined sugar. Instead, it gets its sweetness naturally, from the ripe pears and a dash of real maple syrup.

Once you try this recipe, you’ll never look at store bought cranberry sauce the same. We guarantee!

Cranberry-Pear Sauce with Rosemary and Ginger

Cranberry Pear Sauce with Rosemary and Ginger

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Cranberry and Pear Sauce is unlike any you have tried before. You'll never look at store bought sauces again. The bitter sweet tang of the berries with the ginger spice and aromatic rosemary will leave you wishing it was Christmas everyday!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. fresh Cranberries
  • 2 medium ripe Pears, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh Ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh Rosemary leaves, finely diced
  • 3 Tablespoons real Maple Syrup
  • ¾ cup of Water
  • Sea salt, to taste

Instructions

    1. Add the cranberries, pear, ginger, rosemary leaves, maple syrup, and water to a medium saucepan.
    2. Cook over medium to high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to boil and the cranberries burst open, approximately 5 minutes.

    3. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
    4. While the mixture is cooking, use a wooden spoon to mash the cranberries and pears.
    5. Season with a pinch of sea salt and stir to combione well. 

    6. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
    7. After the sauce has cooled check the consistency. Add a little water if the sauce is too thick. Cook again for 5 minutes if too thin. Taste and add more maple syrup for a sweeter sauce, if desired. 

    8. Serve warm, or you can chill and have it cold. It is delicious either way!

    Cranberry-Pear Sauce with Rosemary and Ginger

Notes

For a smoother sauce, blend one half of the cranberry mixture in a food processor or blender until smooth. Stir puree back into the remaining sauce before serving. 


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

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Warm Garlic And Parmesan Shrimp With Roasted Garlic Dip. Christmas Side Dishes.

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This warm garlic and parmesan shrimp is packed with wonderful flavors, but the absolute star of the dish is the versatile roasted garlic dip.

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Garlic And Parmesan Shrimp Served With Roasted Garlic Dip.

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Get ready for the festive celebrations with this wonderful garlic and parmesan shrimp dish. A fabulous starter, a side dish for the main or served as party nibbles! Guaranteed to be enjoyed by all!

Our warm garlic and parmesan shrimp is jam packed full of fabulous flavors, but the shining star of this dish is the whole bulb roasted garlic dip. And surprising as it may seem, this dish is low fat, low calorie and full of healthy nutrition.

There are many ways to mix this dip recipe up, serve it with fresh crisp vegetables or have it as a tangy sandwich spread. Equally as good when stirred into a soup or as a replacement for milk in your mashed potatoes.

This Warm Garlic and Parmesan Shrimp is guaranteed to give your guests an extra boost of festive flavored fun!

Ingredients

For The Dip:

  • 1 large garlic head

  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • ½ cup Greek Yogurt

  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

  • 1 teaspoon organic lemon zest

  • 2 teaspoons ground Cumin


Optional for Dip:

  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne pepper;
  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste

For The Garlic Parmesan Shrimp:

  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 to 4 cloves Garlic, finely minced

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon ground Cumin

  • 3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste;
  • 1½ lbs. Jumbo Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1½ Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Parsley, very finely chopped.

Instructions

Garlic Shrimp

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a large rimmed baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.

To Prepare The Dip

  1. To make the roasted garlic dip, slice a thin sliver from the head of garlic, at the end where the stalk was. Cut just enough so the cloves are exposed.
  2. Drizzle the cloves with olive oil.
  3. Place the whole bulb on a small piece of aluminum foil and wrap tightly.
  4. Place in the preheated oven and roast for 40 minutes, or until the garlic is tender.
  5. Remove from oven and set aside and allow it to cool slightly.

  6. While the garlic is cooling, prepare the garlic shrimp seasoning.

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To Prepare The Garlic & Parmesan Shrimp

  1. Combine the Olive Oil, minced Garlic, Dijon Mustard, ground Cumin, and grated Parmesan Cheese in a large bowl.
  2. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  3. Add the shrimp to the bowl and toss to combine.
  4. Transfer the seasoned shrimp to the prepared baking sheet and place in preheated oven to roast for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the shrimp just begin to firm and turn pink. Do not overcook.
  5. While the shrimp is roasting, squeeze the roasted garlic cloves into a blender or food processor.
  6. Add the Sour Cream, Greek Yogurt, Lemon Juice, Lemon Zest, Ground Cumin, and Cayenne Pepper, if using, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  7. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and transfer to a small serving bowl.
  8. Remove the shrimp from the oven and sprinkle with lemon juice and fresh parsley.
  9. When just cool enough to handle, toss to combine.
  10. Serve immediately with the creamy roasted garlic dip. Delicious!

Notes

Equally delicious served as finger food, or with fresh crisp vegetables.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 254mgSodium: 1383mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 30g

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So there we have it! The 4 best recipes for Christmas Side Dishes! Please do let me know if you make these dishes and please share your thoughts with us. Happy Christmas!

Best Recipes For Christmas Side Dishes (Healthy, Easy and Delicious)

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