30 Minutes

Keep It Simple

Freshen up your holiday celebrations with pared-down vegetable side dishes
Keep It Simple

When it comes to holiday meal planning, it’s easy to overwhelm the menu with complicated recipes that require a grocery cart full of ingredients, take days to prepare, and add hundreds of calories to the celebratory spread. The solution? Simplify the sides. These five options trim ingredients lists, shorten cooking times, and go light on the butter and oil for healthful, easy, and elegant additions to your holiday table.

November 2011 p.36

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Steamed Baby Carrots with Orange-Dill Butter

Steamed Baby Carrots with Orange-Dill Butter

Tossing hot carrots with a touch of butter, dill, and orange juice and zest yields delectable results. Vary the flavors by using lemon or lime in place of the orange and tarragon or cilantro instead of dill. Holiday prep tip: this dish needs to be made just before serving, but

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Gremolata

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Gremolata is an Italian garnish of lemon zest, minced garlic, and fresh parsley that’s traditionally sprinkled raw over a dish. Here, it’s stirred into sautéed Brussels sprouts. A squeeze of lemon juice heightens the flavors.

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Roasted Green Beans with Walnuts and Rosemary

Roasted Green Beans with Walnuts and Rosemary

Throw these beans in the oven while you’re putting the other foods on the table and they’ll be ready by the time everyone sits down. Holiday prep tip: trim only the stem ends of green beans for pretty presentation.

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Arugula Salad with Grapes, Feta, and Hazelnuts

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When making a salad, you can’t go wrong with the following formula—toss salad greens with fruit, nuts, cheese, and dressing. This version (with red grapes, feta, and hazelnuts) is light enough to serve alongside hearty holiday dishes. The salad can also be made with baby spinach in place

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Fresh Marjoram

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Marjoram is a member of the same family as oregano, but has a milder, slightly citrus flavor. Along with sage and thyme, it’s a major seasoning component of holiday cooking and is often found in fresh herb mixes. Here, marjoram plays a starring role in a sweet potato dish that’s

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