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7 Healthy and Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 1:15:16 PM by healtheo360

Thanksgiving is approaching, many are going to be cook traditionally dishes. But stepping out of your comfort zone to eat healthy and delicious is what healtheo360 is all about.

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Be warned: These delicious dishes may cause more Thanksgiving-like naps.


exps37282_SD1115455D6ASavory Asparagus
Prep/Total Time: 15 minutes

1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8-teaspoon pepper

1. In a large skillet, bring 1/2 in. of water to a boil. Add asparagus; cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the oil, tarragon, onion powder and pepper until blended. Drain asparagus; drizzle with oil mixture and toss to coat.


34003Baked Sweet Potatoes with Ginger & Honey
Prep/Total Time: 55 minutes

3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed Sweet Potato Red / Orangey Red Flesh
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons walnut oil
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, toss together the sweet potatoes, honey, ginger, walnut oil, cardamom, and pepper. Transfer to a large cast iron frying pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Stir the potatoes to expose the pieces from the bottom of the pan. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender and caramelized on the outside.


exps38763_LT1192296D42Basil-Garlic Green Beans
Prep/Total Time: 25 minutes

3 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
5 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, cubed
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon dried basil


1. Place beans in a large Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and keep warm.
2. In the same pan, melt butter. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute or until golden brown. Add basil and beans; toss to coat.


AP7435Scandinavian Pickled Herring Bites
Prep/Total Time: 30 minutes

6 new or baby red potatoes (about 12 ounces)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 8-ounce container pickled herring fillets, drained

3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
Fresh dill for garnish
Freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan, add 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Put potatoes in the basket and steam until barely tender when pierced with a skewer, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on size. Slice each potato into 1/4-inch-thick slices (discard the ends). Sprinkle the potato slices with salt.
2. Cut herring fillets into pieces small enough to fit on a potato slice. Place one piece of herring on each potato slice, dollop each with about 1/8-teaspoon sour cream and sprinkle with red onion. Garnish with dill and a grinding of pepper.


922425Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Shallots
Prep/Total Time: 65 minutes

6 tablespoons minced shallot
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup low fat, low sodium chicken broth Swanson Broth Chicken
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
ground black pepper to taste

salt to taste
3 small Yukon Gold potatoes
1/2 cup evaporated skim milk

1. First Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C)
2. Place the shallots, oil, broth, thyme, pepper and salt in a small casserole dish. Cover and roast until the shallots are very soft and brown, about 45 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven.
3. Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling water until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain and place the potatoes back in the pot over low heat to dry.
4. Heat the milk over medium low heat. Add it to the potatoes and beat with a mixer. Add the roasted shallots and beat again until potatoes are smooth.


exps3962_CX0906C51AOkra Pilaf
Prep/Total Time: 25 minutes

4 bacon strips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup sliced fresh or frozen okra, thawed

2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups cooked rice

1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to paper towel to drain. Sauté onion and green pepper in drippings for 6-8 minutes or until tender.
2. Stir in the okra, tomatoes, salt if desired and pepper; cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add rice; cook for 10-15 minutes or until okra is tender and liquid is absorbed. Crumble bacon; stir into rice mixture.


quicheMini Brie & Apple Quiches
Prep/Total Time: 30 minutes

30 mini phyllo shells (two 1.9-ounce packages; see Note)
1/2 medium apple, peeled and finely diced
5 large eggs
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg
4 ounces Brie (1/2 small wheel), cut into 30 squares

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Arrange phyllo shells on a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Divide apple among the shells.
3. Whisk eggs, mustard, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a large measuring cup. Pour the egg mixture over the apple (do not overfill the shells). Place a Brie square in each shell.
4. Bake until the egg is set, the Brie is melted and the phyllo is starting to brown around the edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

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