Eyes on the Sides — Healthy Holiday Side Dishes

By Lauren Wells / Photography By Michael Fornataro | Last Updated November 06, 2015
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Low carb holiday recipes

Tired of holiday carb-loading? This season, trade in tradition for lighter, brighter, and more daring side dishes

By Lauren Wells  •  Photographs by Michael Fornataro  Art Direction by Samantha Casale + Lauren Wells

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Thanksgiving lineup sans turkey — but that doesn’t mean you have to let the bird steal the whole show. Those small plates decking out the rest of the table? They’re ready to shine, and we’re ready to help you design an unforgettable holiday spread. Adorned with local chefs’ inspiring imagination and boundless talent, this side dish sampler is a well-rounded cast of recreated classics, unconventional inventions, health-conscious ingredients, and vegetarian-friendly dishes to boot. We even added a few cocktails to the mix, for good measure, of course (you can thank us later). Whether you’re cooking for two or 20, there’s plenty to go around — so dust off that apron, and embrace your ambition. It’s party time.

Roasted Beet & Cauliflower Mousse on Zucchini Puff Pastry

roasted beet and cauliflower mousse recipe
By Sous Chef Michael Zawojski of Omni William Penn Hotel

Brussels Sprouts with Walnut-Lemon Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprouts with Walnut-Lemon Vinaigrette recipe
By Chef Crystal Baldwin of Market District — Village Square | Yield: 4 Servings

Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad with Butternut Squash Yogurt & Roasted Pepitas

kale & brussels sprout salad with butternut squash yogurt & roasted pepitas recipe
By Sous Chef Michael Zawojski of Omni William Penn Hotel

Japanese Pumpkin Soup

Japanese pumpkin soup recipe.
By Chef Ling Robinson of Asiatique Thai Bistro

Red & Green Bean “no-bake” Casserole

red & green bean “no-bake” casserole recipe
By Chef Ling Robinson of Asiatique Thai Bistro

Mad Mex’s “Shishitodilla” (Shishito Pepper Quesadilla)

shishito pepper quesadilla recipe
By Corporate Chef Bill Fuller of big Burrito

French Toast Bread Pudding

french toast bread pudding recipe
By Executive Chef Paul Tebbets of Benjamin's Western Avenue Burger Bar

Moon Flip Cocktail

moon flip cocktail recipe
By Bartender Dawn Young of The Speakeasy, Omni William Penn Hotel

The "Currant” Manhattan

“currant” manhattan recipe
By Diane Dilworth, Andrew Carnill, and Linda Macaluso of Greendance Winery

Sweet Dumpling Squash with Cider-Shallot Sauce

sweet dumpling squash with cider-shallot sauce recipe
By Chef Crystal Baldwin, Market District — Village Square | Yield: 6 Servings

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