(If you’re looking for the Healthy Holiday Desserts, go HERE)
As the holidays come up full swing, I’ve been getting excited to start planning. I love, love, love this time of year, and everything about it. The weather is cool, the scenery is beautiful, the lights are bright and our homes are warm. We get to spend time with family and love on each other a little bit more, just because. We are able to come together over tables, and share good food, laughs, and love. We make so many memories around those tables.
But as someone that’s on a really specific diet, I have to do more planning ahead than I used to because I need to make sure that everything at the table is something that everyone can enjoy. With chronic illness, there are so many foods that I have to avoid to keep healing. When you take into account all of the ingredients on most food packages, this explains why I have to make nearly everything from scratch. Removing unhealthy foods from your diet doesn’t mean that you’re only left with steamed broccoli and carrots and will never eat anything delicious again. Trust me, there’s so many flavorful options still out there.
I’m sharing with you 5 fantastic, healthy holiday side dishes that are delicious, and yet still gluten and sugar free. One of my favorites is the Pesto Cheese Blossom. It’s a delectable grain free appetizer combining garlic, pesto, and sun dried tomatoes with cream cheese and provolone. A must have for all of your holiday get togethers, with minimal ingredients and maximum flavor!
Healthy Holiday Side Dishes
Portabella Mushroom Salad from Nikki at View From In Here – Gluten free, Vegetarian and Sugar Free. A healthy Holiday option that doesn’t lack in flavor. Roasted vegetables, gooey fresh Mozzarella, sweet ripe tomatoes, topped with a perfectly cooked Portabella Mushroom with the flavor of grilled steak. Could it get any better?
Roasted Cabbage Steaks – An easy, flavorful, and vegetarian side dish made from garlic, olive oil, and cabbage. It’s a great side dish that fits in well with any holiday meal!
Gluten Free Ranch Potato Biscuits from Kaila at Healthy Helper Blog – A healthy take on a carb-filled favorite! Ranch-flavored, creamy tasting biscuits with the added softness of potatoes and the doughiness of gluten-free oat flour. The perfect addition to your holiday table or dinner menu for the week!
Seasoned Sweet Potato Chips – Sweet potatoes are often a staple at holiday meals, but this one puts a different spin on it. Seasoned sweet potato chips are flavorful and easy, and are always a popular dish!
Roasted Butternut Soup from Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner – is brimming with all the delicious flavors and scents of fall. This vegan, gluten free soup is sure to please all of your holiday guests.
Vegan Dressing with Barley from Celeste at The Whole Serving – Rich with flavor, hearty, wholesome and so satisfying, this Vegan Dressing with Barley is sure to please vegans and non-vegans around your holiday table.
What is your favorite healthy holiday side dish?