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My mom is watching her weight. So, I'd like to have some healthy side dishes available on Thanksgiving. Ideas?

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June 20, 2019 / By Amminadab
Question: My mom is on a diet. So, what are some tasty but healthy side dishes I could serve? As far as healthy food goes, I'm going to have brussel sprouts because I'm weird and have loved them since I was a little kid, but not many other people like them. Any ideas? My mom will probably eat the other food (I mean, it's the holidays...time to splurge a little!) but I want a few healthy side dishes available to anyone who wants them. But I don't just want to steam vegetables and put them out there...they need spices or something, but I have no idea what. Thanks for your help and have a happy Thanksgiving!
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Tiphanie Tiphanie | 6 days ago
Roasted root vegetables with a little olive oil, salt and thyme are fabulous and very filling. Squash works the same way but when you are done baking it sprinkle with a little nutmeg. Sauteed broccoli - blanch a bunch then heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and add a crushed garlic clove and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes for about a minute, reduce the heat and add the broccoli and toss. Add about 1/4 cup of water and toss in 1/3 cup of raisins and cook until the broccoli is tender, about 4-5 minutes. Season with a little salt and some toasted pine nuts!
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Tiphanie Originally Answered: My mom is watching her weight. So, I'd like to have some healthy side dishes available on Thanksgiving. Ideas?
Roasted root vegetables with a little olive oil, salt and thyme are fabulous and very filling. Squash works the same way but when you are done baking it sprinkle with a little nutmeg. Sauteed broccoli - blanch a bunch then heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and add a crushed garlic clove and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes for about a minute, reduce the heat and add the broccoli and toss. Add about 1/4 cup of water and toss in 1/3 cup of raisins and cook until the broccoli is tender, about 4-5 minutes. Season with a little salt and some toasted pine nuts!

Roz Roz
A salad of apples, pecans or walnuts, and a dressing of lime juice and honey. You can also use Agave or maple syrup to sweeten if you don't prefer honey. Black Kale: Sautee some minced onion for flavor and some sweet red bell pepper for color in a bit of olive oil for a minute or two and then add chopped fresh black kale. Toss well and steam with a little white wine as your liquid. If you want some extra flavor, sautee one rasher (one strip) of minced bacon until it is browned. Disgard cooked out fat and add crispy bits in the final presentation. Steam until just tender. It should be nice and green. White kale will get gray so black is the choice. Red swiss chard cooked this way is nice too. You can sautee a good sprinkle of caraway seeds for some extra flavor but keep it to a small amount as they can be overpowering. They are the seeds used in rye bread. 1/4 teaspoon for the whole batch of greens should be good. You can also put in cumin seeds or dill seeds (not weed) if you like the flavor of them. A combo of the three totaling 1/4 teaspoon would be interesting flavor too. That would be a pinch of each added before you steam the greens of your choice. Spinach won't hold up as well and you need a lot to make a nice sized dish. The kale does not cook down so much and has a delicate flavor. You can also make your cranberry sauce with Agave. It is low glycemic which means that it won't store as fat in your fat cells. Chopped orange, white raisins, and rum are a nice addition for extra flavor. The alcohol cooks out which is where the calories are. Sprouted wheat rolls are a nice choice for people who are trying to drop extra weight. They are a nice flavor and can be found in whole food stores. Put them in a paper bag, close the bag, wet the bag well with water and pop into the oven at 325 degrees F for about 15 minutes and they will crisp on the outside and be moist on the inside. You can also have Au Jus gravy for her - which is just the drippings without thickening with a roux or flour base. If you really want to thicken it, arrowroot used like cornstarch is a nice alternative to flour. Cornstarch is not good for your colon - sticks like glue. Have a wonderful meal and holiday season.
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Natisha Natisha
if you have a stuffing make it whole wheat to reduce the carbohydrates. (do not prepare a gravy) use herbs and low fat smart balance butter to season the potatoes or roast them. assuming everyone loves potatoes. reduced sugar organic cranberry sauce. for dessert, flake pastries with light cool whip(it tastes the same) to drink... frozen berries in club soda with which ever reduced sugar juice you prefer there are wonderful salads online that are more like a meal. olives are a good fat mostly everyone loves them and i hope this has helped a little because remember flour and sugar = fat some fats are needed and I would make it a healthy but enjoyable meal so that she does not feel tempted. xoxo rachel
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Lorrie Lorrie
My brother-in-law does this amazing baked vegetables mix. It's carrots, potatoes, squash, zucchini, cauliflower, and maybe some others. Do a really huge pan. Salt, pepper & sprinkle with mixed spices. Bake at med temp for about 30 min., checking frequently. When done, remove and serve.
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Kathie Kathie
Some ideas: A carrot and raisin salad..mixed with yogurt instead of mayo You can add curry powder to vegetables like cabbage,,sprinkle some on into the cut up cabbage with some water w/ a little butter stuff, and simmer Cut up potatoes in wedges and bake with tomatoes, green pepper, onions and cheese (or whatever else you love to eat) If you cut it up small it looks like more on your plate and you don't have to eat alot. can of beets pickled..add vinegar and onions. Hot pepper too if you like hot! And enjoy your Thanksgiving !
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Kathie Originally Answered: I need ideas for vegan dishes and ESPECIALLY RAW RECIPES?
It's quick, easy, and bursting with flavor! Oh, and the texture's nice too--soft and smooth avocado, crunchy corn and red peppers, the watery sweetness of a tomato, with touch of tart lime--yumm-a-roni! This dish contains just about 400 calories. Ingredients: 1/2 avocado, cut into chunks 2 tomatoes, cut into chunks kernals of one fresh raw ear of corn 1 red pepper, chopped 3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro juice of 1/2-1 lime (depending on how "limey" you like it) 3-5 romaine lettuce leaves pinch of salt (optional) Preparation: Toss all of the above ingredients, except the romaine lettuce leaves, into a bowl and stir gently until it seems nicely mixed. Fill your lettuce leaves with the avocado mixture from the bowl, and whoooopeee! Your low fat, raw vegan AVOCADO*VEGGIE BURRITOS are ready for you to devour! Be Vegan, Be Vibrant!

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