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Healthy Holiday Sides and Desserts Recipes

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Maple Walnut Cake

Reminiscent of a British sticky toffee pudding, this cake gets its moisture from dates; toasted nuts and maple give it an intoxicating fragrance.

» Maple Walnut Cake

Garlicky Green Beans

We cook then cool the beans in advance so they can be heated up and seasoned moments before the meal. If you don't like tarragon, substitute dill or leave it out completely.

» Garlicky Green Beans

Red & White Salad

Bitter, sweet and peppery flavors marry well in this confetti-like salad of wintery fruit and vegetables.

» Red & White Salad

Citrus Ginger Cake with Spiced Orange Compote

The flavor of this spiced orange compote improves with time so make it a day ahead or the morning of your party. Serve chilled in a clear bowl so the colors show through.

» Citrus Ginger Cake with Spiced Orange Compote

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon-Horseradish Cream

These tangy horseradish-cream-topped Brussels sprouts are just the thing to serve with corned beef and potatoes, or alongside a holiday ham or turkey. Look for sprouts with tight, firm, small deep-green heads; if they're still on the stalk, so much the better. To prepare, peel off outer leaves and trim the stems. Double it: Steam the Brussels sprouts in a Dutch oven instead of a saucepan.

» Brussels Sprouts with Bacon-Horseradish Cream

Root Vegetable Gratin

The rich flavor of Gruyère cheese brings out the nutty flavor of the roots in this creamy gratin. Any combination of roots works in this recipe, but if you use red beets, they will streak the gratin with bright color. A delightful side dish for any roasted meat.

» Root Vegetable Gratin

Chocolate Tart with Hazelnut Shortbread Crust

A sublime silky chocolate custard fills this simple hazelnut shortbread crust. Serve garnished with whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts for a special touch.

» Chocolate Tart with Hazelnut Shortbread Crust


Round out your holiday meal with our healthy holiday sides recipes and dessert recipes.

Jazz up your traditional holiday meal with our healthy holiday sides recipes and dessert recipes. Many of these recipes put a uniquely delicious twist on classic holiday dishes. And since they highlight fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains, they’ll help you and your family stay healthier this holiday season.

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