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Serve Healthy Sides During the Holidays

By Kathleen Carlson

Obviously, turkey will probably be the protein choice during the holidays. But what about the sides? Zoners must say good-bye to stuffing and mashed potatoes. Here are some Zoneful sides. Prepare these, and the others won't be missed.

Quick Spinach Side Dish

Category: Side
Yield: 4 servings
Total time: 15 minutes

1 tbsp — olive oil
2 Onions - chopped
3 (10 oz) bags fresh baby spinach — wash
2 cloves garlic — pressed

In a large pan like a Dutch oven sauté onions in olive oil until translucent, then add Spinach and garlic. Cover. There will be enough moisture left on the spinach leaves, Cook 5 minutes and then stir until wilted. Serve.

Each serving has 4 grams of fat and 7 grams of carbs.

Squash, Onion and Mushrooms

Category: Side
Yield: 4 servings
Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsps Kitchen Basics unsalted vegetable stock — as needed
2 cups zucchini — sliced
2 cups summer squash — sliced
1 cup onions — chopped
8 oz mushrooms — sliced
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
ground black pepper — to taste

Heat pan large enough to toss all ingredients. When hot, add olive oil, stock and vegetables, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking and over browning. Add a little more stock if needed. Sauté until vegetables are crisp tender, about 10 minutes. Add seasoning and stir to combine well. Serve.

Each serving has 3 grams of fat and 6 grams of carbs.

Low-Calorie Vegetable Soup

Category: Side|Soup
Yield: 12 servings
Total time: 1 1/2 hours

2 1/2 tbsps olive oil
1 onion — diced
3 carrots — diced or shredded
4 stalks celery — diced
8 cups Kitchen Basics unsalted vegetable stock
2 leeks — thinly sliced and rinsed well
1 head broccoli — diced, use everything
1 (15-oz) can cannellini beans
1-2 bay leaves
ground black pepper — to taste
water — as needed

In a large stockpot, sauté onion, carrots, and celery in hot oil until onion is soft and nearly translucent. Add stock, leeks, broccoli, beans, bay leaves, and pepper. Bring to a boil; then simmer for at least 45 minutes or longer until broccoli and carrots are soft. Remove bay leaves, turn off the heat and let cool enough to process in food processor until smooth and velvety. If you like it thinner, whisk in some water. Bring back up to temperature.

Each serving has 3 grams of fat and 9 grams of carbs.

Garlic Rosemary Roasted Mushrooms

Category: Side
Yield: 6 servings
Total time: 35 minutes

Mushroom appetizer or first course? That is the question. Don't forget toothpicks.

1 lb baby bella mushrooms
1 lb oyster mushrooms
1 lb crimini mushrooms
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsps Kitchen Basics unsalted vegetable stock
3 cloves garlic — minced
3 tbsps low sodium soy sauce
1 bunch fresh rosemary — 1 to 2 sprigs for the mix, use remainder for garnish
parsley for garnish
cooking spray — olive oil
salt and pepper — to taste

Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the stems off the mushrooms. Combine in a mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients and toss together. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes on a oil-sprayed large cookie sheet. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish the edge of the platter with fresh rosemary and parsley sprigs.