Healthy Side Dishes For Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011, 6:28 pm
By: News 9

Green beans with toasted sliced almonds


3/4 lb ready to cook green beans

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)


Blanch beans by boiling them for 3 to 4 minutes in salted water. Beans should be tender, yet still have some bite.

For toasted almonds- Place almonds and a pinch of cayenne pepper in a heavy non-greased skillet. Stir often over medium heat until golden brown.

In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour over the green beans and toss to coat. Serve immediately with toasted almonds.

Sweet Potato- Pecan Casserole
Ellie Krieger - Food Network Magazine


Cooking spray

3 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

1/3 cup honey

1 large egg

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar

1/3 cup finely chopped pecans


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mist an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pot with a large steamer basket in place. Put the sweet potatoes in the basket, cover and steam until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and let cool slightly. Add the honey, egg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the nutmeg, ginger and 1/2 teaspoon salt; whip with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread the sweet potato mixture in the prepared baking dish.

Mix the brown sugar, pecans and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl; sprinkle over the potatoes. Bake until hot and beginning to brown around the edges, 40 to 45 minutes.

Per serving: Calories 160; Fat 4 g (Saturated 1 g); Cholesterol 25 mg; Sodium 180 mg; Carbohydrate 31 g; Fiber 3 g; Protein 3 g