15 Irresistible & Clean Holiday Sides - Clean Eating Magazine

15 Irresistible Holiday Sides

Mix and match these succulent sides to complement whatever proteins you're cooking up - most require 20 minutes prep time or less!
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1. Souffléed Sweet Potatoes with Garlic & Rosemary

This decadent potato side is at odds with your usual holiday tuber confections, swapping maple syrup and marshmallows for herbs and spices. The result? A surprisingly airy dish with just 170 calories per serving!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Get the Souffléed Sweet Potatoes with Garlic & Rosemary recipe.

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2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

An earthy side with an apple cider vinegar zip and a nutty infusion (thanks to the roasted chestnuts). Reduce prep time by washing, trimming and halving your sprouts in advance.

Prep time: 25 minutes

Get the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts recipe.

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3. Fig, Apple & Sage Stuffing

Who says you need butter for a succulent stuffing? With thyme, rosemary, sage, dried figs and apple, our version is butter-free and bursting with flavor! The best part? You can make it up to two days in advance.

Prep time: 25 minutes

Get the Fig, Apple & Sage Stuffing recipe.

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4. Cranberry Sauce with Apples & Ginger

Another way to use your apples during the holidays! A reader favorite, our cranberry sauce is simultaneously sweet, tangy and spicy, thanks to hints of honey, lemon and ginger! It keeps up to five days in your refrigerator.

Prep time: 17 minutes

Get the Cranberry Sauce with Apples & Ginger recipe.

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5. Steamed New Potatoes with Olive Oil, Parsley & Chives

The simplest dish of the bunch, our quick and easy steamed potatoes get ample flavor from earthy parsley and oniony chives. Feel free to mix it up depending on your guests’ tastes – these taters work equally well with rosemary, tarragon, basil, mint or even paprika!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Get the Steamed New Potatoes with Olive Oil, Parsley & Chives recipe.

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6. Cauliflower & Broccoli Au Gratin

Since the holiday meal can be a tad on the heavy side, we’ve lightened up your classic gratin by using broccoli and cauliflower in lieu of potato – even with Gouda and Havarti cheeses, ours rings in at just 232 calories per serving!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Get the Cauliflower & Broccoli Au Gratin recipe.

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7. Potato, Celery Root & Pear Gratin

Another light alternative to the classic, this comforting gratin is impressive enough to serve with the most elegant holiday meal.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Get the Potato, Celery Root & Pear Gratin recipe.

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8. Purple Sweet Potato Latkes

While potato pancakes are a traditional Jewish dish, these flavor-packed patties are a fun and fulfilling addition to any holiday table – especially when you make them with colorful sweet and purple potatoes!

Get the Purple Sweet Potato Latkes recipe.

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9. Hot & Sour Swiss Chard

‘Tis the season for Swiss chard! We like the rainbow variety for its festive color palate, but the standard green works just as well in this sweet ’n’ spicy side that’s ready in just 15 minutes.

Prep time: 10 minutes

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10. Coconut-Cardamom Sweet Potatoes

Our 100-calorie sweet potato casserole has a fulfilling flavor profile, thanks to coconut milk, cardamom, vanilla, cayenne and pecans! Save some time by prepping the potatoes to the point of baking and then store in the refrigerator for up to two days!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Get the Coconut-Cardamom Sweet Potatoes recipe.

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11. Maple-Glazed Carrots

Sweet, tender carrots make a perfect side for turkey or brisket. Try using colorful heirloom carrots, as shown here, to add an extra punch of color to this vibrant dish.

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12. Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Mashed Potatoes

Buttery Yukon gold potatoes partner with yogurt, bell pepper, feta and more for a sophisticated side that’s a little bit Greek and a whole lot of delicious! It's just 100 calories per serving, so your guests can enjoy seconds guilt-free!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Get the Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Mashed Potatoes recipe.

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13. Mushroom & Leek Stuffing

Keep the stuffing tradition alive while ditching loads of fat with our succulent, whole-wheat version, flavored with thyme, rosemary, chile powder and more! You can also prepare this riboflavin-rich holiday staple up to two days in advance.

Prep time: 40 minutes

Get the Mushroom & Leek Stuffing recipe.

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14. Italian-Style Sautéed Greens

Use any greens you fancy in this pared-down side, which gets its pops of flavor from garlic and golden raisins. If you prep your greens in advance, you can shave a good 10 minutes off your prep time!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Get the Italian-Style Sautéed Greens recipe.

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15. Parmesan Popovers

We use quinoa flour and tofu in our popovers, ensuring a fluffy batter and a higher protein count (3 g per popover!). Serve these babies hot and steamy with your appetizer, or pop a few baskets on the table with the mains.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Get the Parmesan Popovers recipe.