Sunday, November 18, 2012

Meatless On Monday #16 Healthier Holiday Sides

It's that time a year again! I looked for stats on how many calories the average American eats on Thanksgiving.  I found numbers ranging from 3,000 to 5,000!  Marie Claire had a great breakdown HERE of different foods and their caloric content.

Below are a few healthier sides.  Some I kinda just threw together and they're "hubby approved," others I found around the web and plan on trying this week.

Sesame-Ginger Broccoli Slaw
dressing from one lovely life

For sesame-ginger dressing:
4 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp sesame oil (it’s not too strong in this. Promise.)
5 tsp soy sauce
4 tsp sugar
2½ tsp fresh ginger, minced
2 tsp sesame seeds (optional)
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp Asian chile sauce (optional)

For the salad:
1- 12 ounce bag Broccoli Slaw
1/8 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup fat-free feta cheese, optional
*Extras* 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 1/4 cup shredded purple cabbage, chopped celery


In a jar or lidded airtight container, combine dressing ingredients and shake to combine well.

In a large bowl combine salad ingredients.
Up to an hour before serving, toss just enough dressing with the salad mixture to coat. You’ll likely have leftover dressing.

OR...My favorite...Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Garlic!

Fat-Free Sweet Potato Fries
from fitness magazine

2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound total)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Scrub potatoes and cut lengthwise into quarters. Cut each quarter lengthwise into four wedges. Arrange potatoes in a single layer in pan. Coat lightly with cooking spray.
2. Combine salt, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and pepper in a small bowl; sprinkle over potatoes.
3. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown and tender, turning once.

I know I'll be making the Broccoli Slaw this Thanksgiving.  My hubby keeps asking if there's anymore left!


  1. I am going to be roasting brussels sprouts and garlic this week, thanks to you. I love brussels sprouts and rarely serve them. Why??

    1. The first time I made the my husband said, "what are those?" I answer, They're delicious! He loves them!

  2. Wonderful recipes. I'm a little freaked out about the number of calories I might consume on Thursday. I hope I'm on the low end. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    1. I know that I'll pretty much blow it but I won't stress! I'll be back in the gym on Friday!

  3. I love brussels sprouts myself :-)I've never made sweet potato fries...I may need to give them a try.

  4. Love Brussel Sprouts... and lots of garlic is the ticket! Found you on Meatless Monday... following you everywhere!

  5. Brussels sprouts and garlic sounds good! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I love Broccoli Slaw. That one is going on my list. Thanks for sharing this with Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  7. Ordinary Words....ok, I've not had brussel sprouts in ages! but your recipe looks great and easy so I've Copy/Pasted it for future♫♪

  8. I love that you have heirloom seeds! I'm your newest follower and can't wait to come back when I have a little more time and sit a spell!

  9. I love each of your recipes, Mary! I love my brussels but have never had them this way. Definitely going to try it out! Thanks for sharing!!

    xoxo laurie

  10. the recipes look very tasty. I always like trying new stuff.
    Great post.

    Garrett @ The Growing Patch

  11. These are definitely healthier options for less calorie intake. thanks for sharing!

  12. Ooh, those look good. And definitely less calories than I usually eat on Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  13. So happy to feature your healthy cooking tips at my Super Link Party!

    1. P.S. I'd be happy to display your button on my sidebar for the week, if you have one. Please let me know if you do. :-)

  14. Mmmm, that sesame-ginger broccoli slaw sounds really good. Thanks for sharing at Meatless Monday :)


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