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Recipes for Healthier Holiday Dishes

Side Dishes

From Alicia Romano, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Registered Dietician at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center

These are links to some of my favorite healthy holiday recipes. You'll notice they are all vegetable sides, something often neglected that SHOULD be highlighted. Most of these are on my holiday menu this year.


A Healthier Mac and Cheese Option

From Michelle Huber, RDN, LDN, Registered Dietitian at the Weight and Wellness Center at Tufts Medical Center

Original Recipe (Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese – Modified Recipe (Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese –
7 oz uncooked pasta (macaroni) 5 oz (about 1 ½ cups) uncooked high-fiber pasta
¼ cup butter 4 cups cauliflower puree
3 T all-purpose flour 3 cups butternut squash cut into ½ inch cubes
2 cups whole milk 1 ½ tsp chopped garlic
1 (8oz) package cream cheese ½ tsp chili powder
½ each salt and black pepper ½ tsp onion powder
2 tsp Dijon mustard ½ tsp each salt and black pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese ½ cup fat-free milk
1 cup dry bread crumbs 5 wedges Laughing Cow Light and Creamy Swiss Cheese
2 T butter ½ cup light sour cream
2 T chopped fresh parsley 3 slices reduced fat cheddar cheese
Calories:  641, Fat: 40g, Carbs: 47g, Fiber: 2.5g
Sodium: 828mg, Protein: 22.6
Calories: 255, Fat: 5.5g, Carbs: 39g, Fiber: 6.5g Sodium: 549, Protein: 13.5g


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