Halfway Homemade: Easy Holiday Side Dishes
Try these tips and recipes for fast and festive sides
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Reviewed by Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
The best part about holiday meals is that it's not all about the meat -- every part of the meal is special! Side dishes shine just as much as the festive appetizers and the dazzling dessert. But with so much effort going into the entree and desserts, wouldn't it be nice to save some time with those side dishes?
That's what this edition of "Halfway Homemade" is all about -- throwing together side dishes that are festive enough to sit beside that holiday roast or prime rib at your holiday table.
If you think about it, side dishes really don't need a long list of ingredients and cooking steps (save that for the dessert!). They should be fairly simple and feature a food group that isn't represented by the main dish, like fruits, vegetables, or grains.
10 Time-Saving Tips
There are several ways to save time with your sides. Here are 10 ideas to try:
Halfway Homemade Side Dish Recipes
Festive Deviled Eggs
6 large, hard-cooked eggs, cooled and peeled (use higher omega-3 eggs if available; you'll only use half of the yolks)
Yield: 6 servings (2 deviled egg halves per serving)
Per serving: 70 calories, 6 g protein, 1 g carbohydrate, 4.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 111 mg cholesterol, 0.1 g fiber, 151 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 58%.
Easy Green Beans Almandine
24-ounce bag extra fine French green beans (I found mine at Trader Joe's)
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