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Move aside, turkey: 5 sides that steal the show

  • date October 18, 2021

Whether it’s ham, hens, or good ol’ fashioned turkey, meat shines as the holiday table showstopper. This year it’s time to step up your sides game with tooth-friendly twists to our top 5 favorites for a festive feast!

5. Green bean casserole

Side to Serve: Clean Green Bean Casserole with Parmesan Crumb Topping

Star Quality: The creamy classic gets a clean makeover with this lip-smackin’ casserole. Crunchy veggies like green beans increase saliva flow and gently scrub teeth. Plus, they’re full of fiber, low in calories, and high in nutrients.

4. Mac and cheese

Side to Serve: Sweet Potato and Brie Mac & Cheese

Star Quality: It doesn’t get much more festive than these 2 holiday favorites! Sorry, turkey. It’s not you, it’s Brie. Brie is good for your dental health and contains probiotics — beneficial bacteria that can help your immune and digestive systems.

3. Cranberry relish

Side to Serve: Cranberry-Orange Relish

Star Quality: Recent research found evidence that cranberries contain compounds that may disrupt the plaque formation process. However, these rosy wonders do contain sugar, so remember to brush after relishing your homemade relish.

2. Mashed potatoes

Side to Serve: Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Star Quality: Do the mashed potatoes right this year. This recipe uses cauliflower instead of potatoes (you won’t be able to taste the difference). This kitchen chameleon is tasteless, so it easily takes the place of its high-calorie counterparts.

1. Stuffing

Side to Serve: Wild Rice Stuffing with Toasted Pecans

Star Quality: All hail, stuffing! The side sultan! This particular recipe is packed with protein, thanks to the toasted pecans. And if you’re worried about your carb count, try this version that will leave you breadless.

Do you agree with our rankings? Tell us your favorite holiday sides!