I have compiled some of the best low-carb holiday side dishes from around the web. Most of us have traditional foods we love at the holidays, but making a few tweaks to old recipes and sprinkling in a few new ones can open your eyes to tasty healthier options without adding another notch on your belt buckle.
Great as a side dish or as an appetizer, these zucchini fritters pack a veggie wallop while tending to your cravings for “bread like” foods. Click here for the recipe.
I love spaghetti squash for it’s ability to feel like pasta without the post consumption carb coma. But I usually take the lazy route and enjoy it plain, with butter or with marinara sauce. Try this recipe for a side dish sure to delight even the most skeptical eaters. Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto & Parmesan from Kalyns Kitchen.
Who doesn’t love Potatoes Au Gratin? Creamy, cheesy and addictive, but wowza do these do a number on your blood sugar levels, leading to fat storage. Potatoes are very high glycemic. Skip them this holiday and opt for a much leaner Potatoes Faux Gratin. Get recipe here
Roasted Turnips with Parmesan
I am personally not a fan of goat cheese, it is a bit pungent for my liking, but a great deal of my clients are fanatics, so this ones for you! If you love goat cheese try these stuffed peppers from Better Homes & Garden.
Any vegetable can taste great covered in Hollandaise sauce, but try asapragus which is a natural diuretic and can help eliminate some of the heavy meal bloat this year. Here is a low carb recipe for the sauce.
- 1 Cup Butter at room temperature
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp water
- 3 egg yolks
- White pepper
- Cut butter into 1" pieces.
- In a small, heavy saucepan, combine lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of water. Reduce over high heat to about 1 tablespoon.
- Remove from heat and add 1 tablespoon of cold water
- Beat egg yolks lightly and whisk into lemon water
- Over low heat, whisk the butter one piece at a time making sure that each piece of butter is melted before adding more. Continue to whisk the sauce until it is thick.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
What Christmas meal is complete without a little something sweet? This recipe I tweaked a little bit from Low Carb Luxury to fit our needs.
- ¾ cup Vanilla Whey Protein powder
- ⅛ cup "Just Whites" (egg white powder)
- 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Ground clove
- ½ tsp Nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp Ginger
- ⅓ cup Stevia
- ⅓ cup Brown Sugar
- ⅛ tsp Salt
- 1 12oz can Pumpkin
- ¼ cup Heavy Cream
- 3 large Eggs
- ⅛ cup Water
- 3 Tbsp light Olive Oil OR Sweet Almond oil
- Preheat oven to 375
- Grease a loaf pan and set aside
- Mix all dry ingredients in a small bowl
- Mix all liquid ingredients (including the pumpkin) in a large bowl; then add dry ingredients and mix with a hand mixer for 1 minute.
- Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or use an 8x8 Pyrex square baking dish for 50-55 minutes. (Heating times will always vary so test with a toothpick for doneness)
- Allow to cool thoroughly before slicing.
Makes 1 loaf or square snack-cake. Entire loaf is 38 carbs accounting for fiber. Slice into 10 slices for 3.8 carbs each, or 15 slices for 2.5 carbs each.
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