5-Ingredient Holiday Side Dishes: Garlic & Herb Green Beans, Cinnamon Maple Butternut Squash

Dec 22 2016
Whether you're hosting a holiday feast or simply attending one, it's always good to have a couple of recipes for easy-to-make side dishes up your sleeve. We've got your back with two incredible new options... each with five main ingredients (or less)! Feel free to make multiple batches to serve a bigger crowd...

Hungry Girl's Healthy Garlic & Herb Green Beans Recipe

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1/4th of recipe (about 1 cup): 63 calories, 2.5g total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 341mg sodium, 9g carbs, 3g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 2g protein

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Forget creamy, over-sauced veggies. These simply cooked green beans are sheer perfection. Garlic makes everything awesome!

Prep: 10 minutes
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.


Hungry Girl's Healthy Cinnamon Maple Butternut Squash Recipe

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1/4th of recipe (about 1 cup): 120 calories, 3.5g total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 153mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g sugars, 1.5g protein

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This decadent squash recipe will blow everyone's mind! Fingers crossed for leftovers...

Prep: 10 minutes
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.


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