Let’s face it. The holiday’s are a busy time of year and as much as we love to entertain our family and friends sometimes you need some help. I am all about healthier and flavorful when it comes to my meals. Don’t get me wrong, we all need to indulge sometimes but serving up the most tasty yet healthy side dishes keeps everyone pleased. Serving fish and meats is always a must but the vegetarian and vegan side dish options can always satisfy any type of diet.
I know I can always rely on my local Whole Foods when it comes to my healthy holiday side dish options.
Always veggie packed and filled with so many delicious flavors. All the choices are tasty and made with all natural clean ingredients like this Chili Lime Cauliflower and its gluten free and vegan!
Cauliflower helps reduce the risk of cancer, improves digestion and detoxification and helps to fight inflammation. It provides high levels of vitamin C and vitamin K. Cauliflower is also very versatile and can be used to make cauliflower crust and cauliflower rice for a healthy low carb. option.
And as for these Feta Oregano Sweet Potatoes I have no other words but finger licking delicious!! That’s right I said FETA OREGANO SWEET POTATOES! Yummy Yum Yum!
Sweet potatoes contain Beta Carotene and are an excellent source of vitamin A. They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. Another gluten free option.
THEN there is the Lentil Mushroom Stuffing. Another amazing tasty and delicious vegan option. What are the holiday’s without a good stuffing? A nice change from the traditional all bread stuffing’s. Lentils + Mushrooms + Stuffing….UMM YESS PLEASE! Plus lentils include beneficial nutrients like fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins and are low in calories and contain barely any fat.
One of my favorites is the Sauerkraut Roasted Rainbow Carrots. The carrots are roasted to perfection and the sauerkraut gives them a delicious tangy bite. Carrots are loaded with vitamin A and contain high sources of antioxidants such a Beta Carotene. They help protect against cancers and heart disease.
Sauerkraut is an anti-inflammatory food packed with benefits. It’s loaded with probiotics and a good source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. This colorful side dish option is a win win for all of your guests!
NOW don’t even get me started on the Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts! Anyone can throw some brussels on a sheet pan, drizzle with a little EVOO and roast away but THESE brussels are taken to a whole another level. Perfectly charred with a sweet and spicy glaze and the addition of crunchy pumpkin seeds for the finishing touch.
Brussels Sprouts are probably one of the most nutritious veggies you can eat. These cruciferous veggies are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of nutrients including folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids.
For more healthy tasty options check out the full Whole Foods Holiday Catering Menu here:
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