Healthy Holiday Side Dishes: Butternut Squash Casserole, Kale Salad

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We set out to create a couple of new holiday sides and wound up with two TREMENDOUS new must-try dishes! No one at your Thanksgiving table will EVER suspect these are guilt-free in any way...

Super-Savory Mashed Butternut Casserole

1/6th of recipe (about 3/4 cup): 143 calories, 3g total fat (1g sat fat), 492mg sodium, 26.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 4.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

SmartPoints® value 2*

Bacon, cheese, caramelized onions... This is one guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

3 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
1 1/2 cups chopped sweet onion
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
3/4 tsp. salt
8 cups cubed butternut squash (click for tips)
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese

Cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (See package for cook time.)

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add onion, butter, and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook and stir until slightly softened, 3 - 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium low. Stirring frequently, cook until browned and caramelized, 20 - 25 minutes. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add squash and cook until very tender, 10 - 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray.

Drain squash, and transfer to a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher.

To the large bowl, add garlic, black pepper, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt. Add cheese wedges, breaking them into pieces, and mix well.

Evenly transfer squash mixture to the baking pan, and top with caramelized onion. Chop or crumble cooked bacon, and sprinkle over the onion.

Bake until entire dish is hot, about 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


Holiday Harvest Kale Salad

1/6th of recipe (about 1 1/4 cups): 102 calories, 2g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 126mg sodium, 20g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

SmartPoints® value 2*

Still skeptical of the kale craze? This insanely tasty, light 'n fruity flavor-fest will win over even the most die-hard doubters out there!

8 cups chopped kale leaves
One 10.5-oz. can mandarin orange segments packed in juice, drained
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/4 cup light raspberry (or other fruity) vinaigrette
Optional seasoning: salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and toss to mix.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Mix well, and enjoy!


Hungry for More?

Check out the "Party Foods, Cocktails & Holiday" chapter of HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX! -- it's packed with ALL the essential recipes that'll get you through the New Year. Finger foods like Garlic-Bread Pigs in a Blanket will keep grazing party guests happy, and who wouldn't want an Apple Cinnamon Cosmo? Plus, classics like I Can't Believe It's Not Sweet Potato Pie and Rockin' Lean Bean Casserole always make the season bright!


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