Thanksgiving Sides You Will Love
The Thanksgiving turkey may be the main event, but traditional side dishes hardly take a back seat. ONIE did a makeover of Thanksgiving side dishes to cut the fat and sodium, but not the flavor. This is our cheat sheet on the best and healthiest Thanksgiving side-dish recipes. Each one has been prepared and taste-tested in the ONIE test kitchen.
We did the unthinkable! The ONIE Test Kitchen modified the classic Thanksgiving side-dish, green bean casserole.The results—slashed the saturated fat by two-thirds, cut calories by a third, and knocked-out almost a third of the sodium. The ONIE Test Kitchen version also increases the protein from 2 to 4 grams, a 100% change. As a bonus, we used multi-grain crackers to add more fiber.
Click here for the recipe: Healthy Green Bean Casserole.
A highly processed quick melting cheese, such as Velveeta, is an ingredient in most cheesy broccoli casseroles. This type of cheese is very high in sodium and saturated fat. No worries, there is a great alternative. We substituted reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese, 1% low-fat milk, and reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup to cut the fat and sodium.
Click here for the recipe: Cheesy Broccoli Casserole.
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
We at ONIE love our mashed potatoes. We are so serious about tasty and creamy mashed potatoes that we prepared and tested 4 versions. By replacing traditional butter with non-fat Greek yogurt, the winning recipe had the same creamy texture as the traditional version. We also snuck in some cauliflower, which reduces calories and adds vitamins. Enjoy the winning recipe without the trial and error.
Click here for the recipe: Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes.
Savvy Chef Tip: Drain and rinse canned vegetables to lower the salt up to 41% or choose frozen veggies with no added salt. See ChooseLessSalt! for more tips on reducing sodium.
Happy Holidays from the ONIE Project!