Holiday Sides & Sweets

This year, the circumstances we’re in have changed the way we celebrate holidays and special occasions. The CDC has cautioned against holiday travel and large gatherings, and these restrictions have changed the way many families and friend groups will be celebrating (see the CDC holiday guidelines here). If your celebration looks different this year, try leaning in to the change and creating a new tradition! If you’re not serving your usual Thanksgiving feast, have some extra time, and want to try something new, try making a recipe from our Holiday Sides & Sweets series running on our Facebook Page this week.

Three of our presenters have provided recipes that are either healthy versions of classic Thanksgiving and holiday favorites or new recipes that you can add to your holiday table! We hope you will give them a try and that you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! You can download a pdf with the full recipes here:

Our first recipe comes from Dana Gerard with diginwithdana.com (learn more about each of our recipe contributors in the Holiday Sides & Sweets pdf). Dana has created a delicious walnut, date, and arugula salad with a basic lemon vinaigrette. This salad is an easy and light addition to any holiday meal. Feel free to customize this salad with your favorite combination of herbs. You won’t regret adding this colorful salad to your traditional favorites!

Our next recipe comes from Tuesday Brooks, MBA, RDN, LD. Tuesday is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and online cancer dietitian. Tuesday has put a healthy twist on a traditional holiday favorite: green bean casserole!

Our first dessert recipe in the series! Dana Gerard has created a crustless pumpkin pie for a lighter take on a traditional favorite! This pie can be served with whipped cream and cookies like gingersnaps or Nilla wafers or enjoyed on its own!

Dana shares a fast and easy yeast roll recipe that yields delicious rolls in about an hour! This recipe can be easily converted into a vegan side that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Check our Facebook Page on Wednesday, November 25th at 12pm for the video. Or download the pdf above to see the full recipe now!

If you’re looking for a delicious and colorful side, this recipe is for you! Tuesday Brooks provides a recipe for roasted brussels sprouts, cinnamon butternut squash, pecans, and cranberries that will make for a great Thanksgiving side!

Check our Facebook Page on Thursday, November 26th at 12:30pm for the video. Or download the pdf above to see the full recipe now!

Next up is a dessert that will give your oven a break! Tuesday provides the recipe for a crustless apple pie that you can prepare in a slow cooker. You can serve this with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or enjoy it by itself!

Check our Facebook Page on Thursday, November 26th at 1pm for the video. Or download the pdf above to see the full recipe now!

Dana is back with an incredibly easy dessert that will be the perfect addition to your holiday meal! These almond crackle cookies are only three ingredients and take 30 minutes total! These cookies are great for beginning bakers or to make with children.

Check our Facebook Page on Friday, November 27th at 10am for the video. Or download the pdf above to see the full recipe now!

Our final recipe comes from Rafia Heerji with honeylemonginger.com. In this video, Rafia makes an Indian dessert called Quinoa Laapsi. Laapsi is a Rajasthani sweet dish a very popular Indian dessert that is delicious and healthy. It is very common in the northern parts of India especially Gujrat. If you’re looking for a new dessert to add to your holiday meal, this quinoa laapsi is the recipe for you!

Check our Facebook Page on Friday, November 27th at 12pm for the video. Or download the pdf above to see the full recipe now!