The big day is coming up! We’re talking about Christmas, of course. If you haven’t started mapping out your big dinner yet, we’ve got you covered. The star of your meal is obviously going to be your turkey, ham, or preferred main course, but maybe you’re in search of some tasty Christmas side dishes that aren’t totally boring. Whether you’ve got a family of meat-lovers on your hands, or you’re set to serve up some tasty veggie dishes, you’re bound to find something everyone will love. Scroll down for some of our favorite Christmas side dishes!
Creamy Green Bean and Leek Bake
Pimento peppers give this dish a pop of color and heat, but if you’re not a fan of the spice, try throwing in some sun-dried tomatoes instead. This dish is sure to wow the veggie lovers in your crowd!
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Bites
Even if you’re not a huge cauliflower fan, you’ll enjoy all the cheesy goodness in these bites. Hey, you might not even notice the veg at all! This healthier alternative to the classic comfort food is so delicious, your guests won’t even miss the carbs!
Ina Garten’s Roasted Carrots With Orange Zest
Ina’s secret to the perfect roasted carrots? Citrus! Little did we know that this simple addition could take boring carrots from blah to wow.
Pesto-Swirled Mashed Potatoes
With only four ingredients, this recipe couldn’t be any simpler to make, plus it’s a more fun version of your classic mashed potatoes! Tangy Greek yogurt and pre-made pesto give this side a delicious flavor upgrade.
Maybe you’re going for a complete surprise with your mash this year by choosing to forego potatoes altogether! In that case, why not try pumpkin? The best part? This tasty side only requires five ingredients.
Sweet Potatoes With Candied Bacon
This decadent sweet and salty combination of smooth sweet potatoes and crisp cinnamon-spiced bacon bits is positively addictive!
Horseradish Crusted Roast Beef
If we told you how easy this recipe was to make, you probably wouldn’t believe us. Requiring just four ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time, this spicy roast makes an effortlessly easy addition to your Christmas table.
Creamy Potato Cauliflower Mash
Looking for a lightened-up mashed potato recipe? Try this one loaded with nutritious cauliflower! It doesn’t compromise on flavor, as the chicken broth and thyme give these spuds a rich savoriness you’ll want to keep eating!
Sweet Potatoes and Marshmallows
Another classic winter dish we love to serve up at gatherings, this recipe bakes up tender and delicious in brown-sugar syrup under a cloud of toasted marshmallows.
This extra savory cornbread is packed with gooey cheddar cheese and veggies like green onion and tomatoes. You’ll never settle for plain cornbread again!
Cauliflower Sausage Stuffing
This keto-friendly recipe was developed by Chelsea Cohen of SlimFast for the low-carb lovers in your life. Unsurprisingly, this side kicks flavor up so high, you won’t even miss your regular old stuffing.
Red Wine Rosemary Braised Pot Roast
This recipe requires a little (a lot!) more time since it’s done in a slow-cooker, but there’s only 30 minutes of prep on your part, and then all you have to do is push a button! Slow-cooking this pot roast allows the meat to become tender and juicy, just the way you like it. We promise — it’s worth the wait!
Garlicky Collard Greens
And onto some healthier options. But don’t worry, these southern favorites won’t disappoint anyone in your family. Hey, there’s never such a thing as too much garlic, is there?
Pork Rind Stuffing
Pork rinds are actually quite keto friendly, and so we’ve brought you yet another diet-friendly recipe from Chelsea Cohen at SlimFast. Who said dieting means you need to give up comfort food?
Sandra Lee’s Stuffed Mushrooms
These delicious shrooms are stuffed to the core with sourdough stuffing mix, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Be sure to make a lot, these will go fast!
Broccoli Cheddar Rice Casserole
This creamy dreams casserole is not only loaded with veggies and cheese, but we also use a simple homemade roux instead of canned soup in our cheese sauce which cuts 13 grams of fat per serving. Even the kids will be fighting for seconds!