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.
Author: Low Carb Luxury
Serves: 8 servings
1 Cup Butter at room temperature
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp water
3 egg yolks
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.
Carbohydrates: .5g per serving
3.5.3226 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.
Spicy Pumpkin Bread
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.
3.5.3226 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.