Magazine article Nutrition Action Healthletter

Holiday Sides Rx

Magazine article Nutrition Action Healthletter

Holiday Sides Rx

Article excerpt

Wouldn't it be great to have a stable of delicious, healthy holiday side dishes? (Not that we've got anything against eating green bean casserole once a year.) Here are three that are guaranteed to become "instant classics."

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Cauliflower with
Lemon-Pine Nut

  1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  3 Tbs. pine nuts, chopped
  1 clove garlic, minced
  1 tsp. lemon zest
  1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice,
    more to taste
  3 sprigs flat-leaf parsley,
  1 lb. cauliflower florets,
    about 4 cups
1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Serves: 4 | Total Time:15 minutes

I always try to buy organic citrus fruit when I'm using
the zest.

In a small saute pan, heat the oil over medium heat.
Saute the pine nuts until just starting to brown, 1-2
minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute more.

* Remove from the heat and transfer to a large heatproof
bowl. Allow to cool, then mix in the lemon zest,
lemon juice, and parsley. * Steam the cauliflower until
it's tender but still has some bite, 3-5 minutes. * Allow
the cauliflower to cool slightly, then toss with the
dressing. Season with up to 1/4 tsp. of salt.

Per serving (1 cup): calories 100 | sodium 150 mg | total fat 8 g
sat fat 1 g | carbs 7 g | protein 3 g | fiber 3 g

Broccoli with Balsamic Dressing

1 Tbs. canola oil
3 large cloves garlic, thinly
2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 lb. broccoli florets, about
4 cups

Serves: 4 | Total Time: 15 minutes

You want to cook the dressing until it's thick and sticky,
close to the consistency of honey. … 
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