Skinny Broccoli Salad: This recipe has to be one of the easiest salad recipes to make, and it is always a huge hit at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. I lighten it up by using a reduced-calorie ranch dressing, and I make sure not to add too much. I also use reduced-fat cheese, but this is optional. Add extra veggies to the salad, or other toppings, to make this recipe your own. (via Skinny Mom)

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Asiago Bread Crumbs: The is a super simple, completely delicious side dish. The bread crumbs on top add so much flavor! If you’re looking to add a little more color to your holiday table, just trade out for a more colorful cauliflower variety to mix things up! (via SkinnyTaste)

Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Pecans, and Blue Cheese: This is a totally unique (and easy) holiday side dish. Don’t let your fear of Brussels Sprouts keep you from giving this one a try. By not cooking the Brussels Sprouts, the flavor stays mild, and when mixed with pecan, they bring just the right amount of crunchiness to this dish!  (via Two Peas & Their Pod)

Wild Rice Shiitake Stuffing with Dried Cherries and Toasted Almonds: Wild rice takes the place of bread in this healthy replacement for traditional Thanksgiving stuffing! The mushrooms go perfectly with cranberries and almonds. This dish will surprise and delight your guests! (via She Knows)


Baked Sweet Potato Stuffed with Feta, Olives and Tomatoes
: It’s time to give your sweet potatoes a makeover! These sweet potatoes are filled with creamy feta, ripe olives and succulent sun-dried tomatoes that will provide your taste buds with a kick of flavor for each bite. Perfect for an original side dish or even as a vegetarian main dish option! (via Gourmande In The Kitchen)

Skinny Macaroni Salad: I love a good macaroni salad, but often skip out on them since they’re loaded with a lot of extra fat and calories. I wanted to create a great tasting, healthy alternative. This recipe for Skinny Macaroni Salad turned out delicious, and I even prefer it over some of the high fat recipes that I’ve tried in the past. The colors in this dish will make for the perfect addition on your holiday table. (via Skinny Mom)

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad: Show off the season’s best roasted vegetable in this awesome side (or starter) for your holiday dinner! The butternut squash is so good with the prosciutto. You’ll find yourself making this dish even after the holidays are over! (via What’s Gaby Cooking)

Roasted Carrots with Thyme and Nutmeg: Roasting the carrots in this dish brings out such a sweet flavor. This is a simple, savory side dish to bring to your table. (via Rachel Cooks)

Skinny Chickpea Summer Salad: Think a summer salad can’t work on your holiday table? Think again! This chickpea salad is healthy and delicious, and by offering several canned options, can be made beautifully anytime of year! (via Skinny Mom)


Hearty Chicken Sausage Roast
: The mix of chicken sausage, potatoes and peppers will warm you up and fill you up! And seriously, at only 195 calories a serving, you can go back for seconds! (via The Super Sisters)

Skinny Country Green Beans: Hold the ham on this Skinny version of Country Green Beans. While no holiday plate is complete without a bunch of veggies to fill it up, this southern classic can add more fat than you’re looking for in a side dish! Instead of letting your green beans simmer for hours with ham hock, my version lets chicken stock and a small portion of bacon pieces bring the flavor to this favorite family side dish. (via Skinny Mom)

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce: Take your cranberry sauce up a notch by adding orange! It’s totally worth skipping the can and making this dish! The best part is, it gets better with time… You can make this a couple days ahead of time and free yourself up to make other dishes the day of your big meal! (via Two Peas and Their Pod)

Baked Potato Sticks: Bring some fun to your side dishes with these Baked Potato Sticks! These baked potatoes will be a big hit with the kids (and adults) at your holiday feast! (via Self)


Skinny Red Pepper Slaw
: Red peppers add the perfect pop of color and a ton of vitamin C to my Skinny Red Pepper Slaw. This slaw recipe, that’s been passed down in my family for generations, makes a perfect make-ahead holiday side dish! (via Skinny Mom)

Baked Brussels Sprout Mac and Cheese: This side dish is totally decadent and will have your guests begging for the recipe! Try using light butter and reduced-fat cheese options as Skinny Swaps in this dish! (via Yummy Mummy Kitchen)

Skinny Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Warm, creamy mashed potatoes are a staple at any holiday table, but they don’t always make for the healthiest dish. Since my family loves potatoes as much as the next, there’s no chance we’re leaving out this recipe at our holiday celebrations! These Skinny Swaps will make any holiday dinner feel more robust while serving up less than 200 calories per serving. (via Skinny Mom)

Blackened Green Bean and Quinoa Salad: This side dish is so fresh and perfect for sharing with guests. Quinoa is always a great substitute for a rice dish, and the colors and flavors are beautiful together.  (via Cookie + Kate)


Skinny Butternut Squash Au Gratin
: When I hear “au gratin” I think of one of my childhood favorite foods – creamy, cheesy potatoes. Believe it or not, I could eat at least half a box of au gratin potatoes myself, but we can all imagine how that leaves you feeling. In search of making this favorite recipe of mine into a healthier version, I swapped the potatoes with butternut squash and it tastes just as amazing! (via Skinny Mom)

Green Bean Summer Salad Recipe with Italian Sausage, Olives, and Basil Vinaigrette: This side dish is hearty and healthy. The combination of green beans, sausage and olives is totally different, but it works! Try it with canned green beans if you can’t get fresh! (via Kalyn’s Kitchen)

Skinny Sweet Potato Skins: One word: Yuuuuuumm! These are so good! Make them for your holiday dinners. Make them for your football parties. Make them for dinner tonight. Just make them! (via The Super Sisters)

Skinny Cream-Style Corn: Heavy cream, whole milk and butter get the boot in my skinny version of this classic fall side dish. My family loves cream-style corn, so with traditional versions pushing 250 calories per serving, my skinny 115-calorie version became a fast favorite! This is also a quick-fix dish. By using a combination of canned and frozen corn, the prep time on this skinny side is less than 5 minutes! (via Skinny Mom)

Mom’s Stuffing, Lightened Up: This stuffing is absolutely fantastic! The only things missing from this classic dish are the extra calories! (via SkinnyTaste)

Vegan Marsala (Over Green Beans): This vegan main dish works perfectly as super-flavorful side dish. The vegan Marsala sauce is fantastic on the green beans, but would work on so many other dishes as well! (via Girl Makes Food)

Skinny French Country Salad: If I had name one salad to be my absolute favorite, then this Skinny French Country Salad would be at the top of my list.  This recipe is an adaptation of the French Country Salad at the Cheesecake Factory. The asparagus and beets compliment the sweet and crunchy pecans perfectly. For the dressing, I used a balsamic dressing that I love at the grocery store but you could make your own as well.  This salad is also a beautiful dish to serve for guests and makes a wonderful side dish for serving at special holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. (via Skinny Mom)

Orange, Apricot, and Carrot Couscous: Strands of carrots and red onion make this dish so beautiful on your plate, and orange and apricot bring the most delicious flavors! An impressive looking and tasting dish! (via Cookie + Kate)

Roasted Green Beans with Goat Cheese: Can you go wrong adding goat cheese to a side dish? No! These roasted green beans are so simple to make and the goat cheese is a perfect match for the fresh veggies! (via What’s Gaby Cooking)

Green Bean and Potato Casserole: This is a great side dish recipe that uses green beans and baby red potatoes.  To add some extra flavor, I added some Old Bay seasoning but if you do not like the flavor of Old Bay, you could leave it out of the recipe. Enjoy! (via Skinny Mom)

Spicy Cannellini Bean Salad with Tuna, Peperoncini, and Parsley: The side dish is packed with protein. Beans and tuna create a totally unique flavor, while still being light enough to serve with other dishes. (via Kalyn’s Kitchen)

Pasta with Kale, Lemons, and Toasted Walnuts: This light, cold-weather pasta is a great addition to any holiday table! Prep is quick and easy. Just double the recipe to make for a larger group! (via Marin Mama Cooks)

Skinny Mashed Cauliflower: Mashed potatoes are an American tradition that we all know and love. Instead of going carb crazy and feeling guilty about our indulgence, replace your traditional mashed potato recipe with my Skinny Mashed Cauliflower. (via Skinny Mom)