5-Ingredient Holiday Side Dishes: Garlic & Herb Green Beans, Cinnamon Maple Butternut Squash
Forget creamy, over-sauced veggies. These simply cooked green beans are sheer perfection. Garlic makes everything awesome!
Cook: 15 minutes
1 lb. green beans, trimmed
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp. lemon juice
Seasonings: salt and black pepper
Bring an extra-large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add green beans and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook for 8 minutes, or until green beans have mostly softened and water has evaporated.
Add butter, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Cook and stir for 4 minutes.
Add garlic, thyme, and lemon juice. Cook and stir until green beans are tender, entire dish is hot, and garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
This decadent squash recipe will blow everyone's mind! Fingers crossed for leftovers...
Cook: 30 minutes
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. maple extract
1 packet no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia)
5 cups (about 1 medium) butternut squash cut into 3/4-inch cubes
Seasonings: cinnamon, salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay a large piece of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet, and spray with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, combine olive oil, maple extract, sweetener, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Using a fork, whisk until uniform. Add squash, and toss to coat.
Distribute mixture onto the center of the foil. Cover with another large piece of foil. Fold together and seal all four edges of the foil pieces, forming a well-sealed packet.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until squash is soft.
Cut packet to release hot steam before opening entirely.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
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