Diabetic Christmas Side Dish Recipes

Let's face it, Christmas dinner wouldn't be complete without a few delicious sides to round out the meal. And from casseroles to mashed potatoes, these side dishes will help complete your holiday meal with diabetes-friendly recipes.

Staff Picks

Roasted Honeynut Squash

Rating: 5 stars
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Honeynut squash looks just like mini butternut squash, but on the inside you'll find an even sweeter, deeper orange flesh. This winter squash has only been available at farmers' markets and in select grocery stores for a few years. If you see it, grab a few to try! This simple roasting method enhances the natural flavor of the squash with butter and spices.

Brown Sugar-Glazed Beets

Rating: 5 stars
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Try a sweet glaze on beets or other root vegetables to help balance their earthy flavor. This easy recipe will work with steamed carrots, turnips or rutabaga too.

Slow-Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars
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This simple slow-cooker mashed potatoes recipe skips tedious peeling and boiling and helps save precious stovetop space by letting the slow cooker do the work. It's a great timesaving set-it-and-forget-it side dish recipe to round out any hearty meal. Buttermilk makes the mashed potatoes creamy while garlic and shallots add flavor.

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 4.86 stars
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In this easy vegetable side dish recipe, sweet potatoes are tossed with maple syrup, butter and lemon juice and are roasted until tender and golden brown. The delicious glaze that forms on these maple-roasted sweet potatoes transform this ultra-simple dish into something sublime.

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars
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Garlic cloves, cooked along with the potatoes, give this puree extra body and lots of flavor.

Oven-Roasted Squash with Garlic & Parsley

Rating: 5 stars
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Winter squash becomes tender and sweeter when roasted--a delicious side for a holiday dinner. Look for interesting squash like kabocha or hubbard at your farmers' market and try them in this recipe. Recipe adapted from Alice Waters.

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions

Rating: 4.93 stars
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Fresh herbs, onion and bacon sauté alongside Brussels sprouts in this easy vegetable side dish recipe. This savory dish is delicious in the fall and winter months, when Brussels sprouts are in season. If you can find them still attached to the stalk, don't be intimidated--buy them, as they're likely more fresh. Recipe adapted from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters.

Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

Rating: 4.83 stars
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This lightened-up take on the classic Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole is spiked with crushed pineapple and toasted pecans. We top it with an airy, slightly sweet meringue. You can pipe the meringue to make it look fancy or simply spread it neatly with a rubber spatula.

Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Dressing

Rating: 4.4 stars
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Pure maple syrup, as opposed to artificially flavored and colored “pancake” syrup, is an extraordinary cooking ingredient. Here it adds body as well as rich flavor to the dressing, providing a perfect counterpoint to the smoked cheese.

Roasted Delicata Squash & Onions

Rating: 4.45 stars
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Roasting intensifies delicata squash's flavor. Seasoned with rosemary and maple, this recipe's great with pork or turkey.

Quick Pickled Turnips

Rating: 4 stars
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Perk up your cheese plate or crudités platter with these crunchy, zesty pickled turnips or try them on a sandwich instead of cucumber pickles.

Lemon-Dill Green Beans

Rating: 4.71 stars
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This lemon and dill vinaigrette is a natural complement to green beans. It's also great tossed with steamed asparagus or drizzled over sliced fresh tomatoes. To make this recipe serve 10, multiply all the ingredients by 2 1/2: Use 2 1/2 pounds green beans, 3 tablespoons dill, 2 1/2 tablespoons each shallot, oil and lemon juice, 2 1/2 teaspoons mustard and 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Simple Green Salad with Citronette
Frisée and radicchio are both assertive, slightly bitter greens that add color and texture to any salad. Match them with mellower-flavored greens, such as red leaf lettuce, baby spinach or even Boston lettuce.
Wilted Kale with Warm Shallot Dressing
Rating: Unrated
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Vinegar is the key to making this sautéed kale recipe special. Look for vinegar that's cloudy--it likely still has some of the mother in the bottle and will give you a sweet acidity rather than a harsh bite. Organic apple cider vinegar is usually your best bet. For the most eye-catching version of this side, use different colored varieties of kale.

Green & Yellow Beans with Wild Mushrooms

Rating: 3.33 stars
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Simply prepared green and yellow beans with wild mushrooms are easy holiday fare.