5 Healthier Holiday Side Dishes

We’re just about a week away from all the festivities, celebrations and feasts of the holiday season, but we’re most excited for all the seasonal side dishes we get to eat. There’s a richer, heartier flavor in the seasonal vegetables that is just so tantalizingly tasty! It’s these types of foods that fill the entire house with the scents of the season.

Food is something that defines the holidays. It’s what brings us all together around the table, and it’s what brings a smile to everyone’s faces. And that’s what the holidays are all about.

Plus, with all the holiday sweets and treats that we can’t seem to get enough of, it might be nice to have a few side dishes that is a little on the healthier side.

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions

What would you say if we told you that Brussels sprouts will be the family favorite at your holiday feast? You’d say that’s crazy! The only thing crazy about this recipe for Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onions is how absolutely delicious it is.

The leafy is balanced out by the bacon-y, so there’s a flavor in this dish that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Green Beans with Lemon-Almond Pesto

Green beans can add a “green” dimension to your holiday meal flavor profile, add to the earthy flavor of the season, but this recipe for Green Beans with Lemon-Almond Pesto provides an explosion of flavor. The combination of the “green” flavor that comes from the green beans and the zesty kick that comes from the lemon pesto will be one that your taste buds will never forget.

Plus, if you use green beans from your home garden, this side dish will taste that much better!

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are to die for, but since they’re packed with so much starch and carbs, they don’t exactly make for the healthiest side. If you’re willing to give this recipe for Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes a try, we can promise that you may have a new favorite “potato” dish

Waffle Iron Winter Squash with Chipotle Maple Glaze

When was the last time you heard “winter squash” and “waffle” in the same sentence? Well, after taking a bite out of this delicious side dish, you’ll be hearing a lot more of it!

What makes this recipe for Waffle Iron Winter Squash so great is its universal appeal to all palates. We can probably count the number of times that kids have requested squash for dinner on one hand, but it’s pretty hard to resist a vegetable that’s been turned into a waffle and covered in a thin coat of a sweet and spicy glaze!

Roasted Yams with Honey Walnuts & Raisins

A holiday meal isn’t a holiday meal if there isn’t a plate of yams on the table. But this isn’t your ordinary yam dish — no brown sugar, no marshmallows. This recipe for Roasted Yams calls for loads of walnuts and golden raisins all covered in a honey sauce that’s got a hint of cinnamon and ginger.

Yams always do well with a bit of sweet flavors stacked on top, and with the taste of honey and raisins, this recipe will leave everyone’s taste buds in the merriest of moods!

Without compromising on taste, these healthier side dishes are sure to please the palate of everyone in the family — even those who shy away from the veggies!

At Cheddar’s, we never let anything compromise flavor, which is why we make our food from scratch – right down to the side dishes. We believe that using scratch ingredients and taking the time to do the right thing, not the easy thing, is the only way to ensure quality and flavor. Come to your nearest Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and taste the difference in made-from-scratch meals!

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