17 healthy holiday side dishes under 250 calories

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So you want to the host the holidays? That's great! With a little planning, and a lot of simple and tasty recipe ideas, you can knock the whole thing out in no time. We recommend first planning your main, and if you want to go the classic route (for example, a roast chicken or turkey), we've got just the guide to help you bake a bird.

After you've nailed down the centerpiece, it's time to start organizing your side dishes. It's easy to go the classic route with buttery mashed potatoes and creamy green bean casseroles, but these dishes are extremely decadent. And if you'd rather keep it light, it may feel like you're gonna be stuck eating salads and cranberry sauce all night. That's totally not true—these 17 recipes spin all your favorite holiday side dishes in a healthier way, so you can totally indulge without accidentally overindulging.

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17 Healthy Holiday Side Dishes Under 250 Calories
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17 Healthy Holiday Side Dishes Under 250 Calories
Crispy Turmeric Roasted Potatoes from The Fitchen

Turmeric—that trendy super spice—gives these roast potatoes a refreshing kick. Get the recipe here.

Per one serving: 171 calories

Jordan Cord via thefitchen.com

Vegan And Gluten-Free Cornbread from Minimalist Baker

Just because this cornbread is vegan, doesn't mean it isn't buttery. To get that velvety texture, Minimalist Baker recommends using vegan butter, but if you can't find any at your local supermarket, coconut oil should work just as well. Get the recipe here.

Per one serving: 201 calories

Dana and John Shultz via minimalistbaker.com

Slow-Cooker Brussels Sprouts from Well Plated

Don't have time to whip up a side? Let the side whip itself up—these tart and cheesy slow-cooker Brussels sprouts will be ready by the time you're done cooking everything else. Get the recipe here.

Per one serving: 190 calories

Erin Clarke via wellplated.com

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower from The Iron You

Love mashed potatoes, but want something with slightly fewer carbs? Try this cauliflower mash—cauliflower is the vegetable du jour, after all. Get the recipe here.

Per one serving: 120 calories

Mike Brosio via theironyou.com

Gluten-Free Stuffing from Food Faith Fitness

Have a cousin who can't eat gluten, but still wants to enjoy stuffing? Ding, ding, ding! This is the recipe for them. Get the recipe here.

Per one serving: 198 calories

Taylor Kiser via joyfulhealthyeats.com

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