And while it’s not the best option because of the higher carb content, if a traditional mashed potato is your thing, here’s a little bit of a lighter version of that classic.
Fortunately, our traditional holiday dinners have always had many varieties of vegetables in the mix, but the one that has been a favorite, not only for holidays but for many other dinners in our household, has been Roasted Asparagus:
Roasted Asparagus Mashed Potatoes
3 lbs. diced potatoes with skins on (I like yukon gold) 3 cloves minced garlic 3 tbsp. salted butter 1/2 c. of milk 1/2 c. drained starch water Fresh ground pepper 1 Tbsp. chives Place potatoes with skins on in a large pan full of cool water. Bring to a boil on medium heat and boil for 1520 minutes until completely soft. Use a measuring cup to save 1/2 cup of starchy water before draining the remainder of water off. While the potatoes are draining, use the same pot to melt the butter. Mix in the garlic and simmer until the garlic is softened but not brown. Return potatoes to the pan and add the milk and starch water. Mash to the desired consistency. Grind in pepper to taste, folding it in gently to not over-mash. Top with chives to garnish.
1 lb fresh asparagus spears 1-2 cloves minced garlic 3 tbsp. melted unsalted butter 1/2 lemon sliced thinly 1/2 lemon juiced 3 tbsp. grated fresh Parmesan Preheat oven to 405°.
Place the spears, garlic, butter, and Parmesan on a baking sheet with rim. Squeeze the juice of half the lemon on top. Toss all ingredients together until coated evenly. Place the remaining 1/2 lemon slices on top. Roast for approx. 10 minutes until tender inside and roasted on the outside. These are a few of the recipes we adopted over the years to try and fit our healthier lifestyles while also maintaining the traditional feeling and nostalgia of some of our favorite dishes. As a self proclaimed foodie, I know the holidays are the absolute hardest time to make the right choices, but if you bring the choices with you, it can make it much simpler to stick with your goals and not feel you’re missing out on anything this holiday season. From our table to yours, I hope these recipes inspire you to make the absolute best choices for you in your health and fitness journey this holiday season! And from our home to yours, we wish you all very blessed, joyful, and healthy holidays!V
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