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By Allrecipes Magazine
October 02, 2019
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Indulge or go healthy.

Many holiday side dish staples are not an option for guests avoiding certain ingredients. This year, bring a dish everyone can enjoy. Whether lightened up or decadent, each recipe is safe for gluten-free guests, and one is vegan, too.

By Caitlyn Diimig, RD

Green Bean Casserole

green bean casserole
Photo: Blaine Moats

"I added 1/4 cup of white wine with the half-and-half. It turned out delicious, and everyone loved it. If you want the sauce thicker, just add a bit of cornstarch." – Jennifer Pershing Neu

green bean casserole
Photo: Blaine Moats

"Almond milk and dry white wine combine to make a lighter sauce for this homemade green bean casserole featuring mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and thyme." — coweed

green bean casserole
Photo: Blaine Moats

Healthy Tricks for Green Bean Casserole:

The Healthier Green Bean Casserole has 80 percent less saturated fat and 50 percent less fat than the Indulgent Green Bean Casserole. Here's why:

  • Replacing the bacon topper with sweet-and-salty almonds adds crunch without saturated fat. While almonds do have some fat, it's the heart-healthy kind. Substituting unsweetened almond milk for the half-and-half keeps fat and calories in check and makes this dish suitable for vegans.
  • Substituting unsweetened almond milk for the half-and-half keeps fat and calories in check and makes this dish suitable for vegans.
  • Both casseroles are gluten-free. In the indulgent version, half-and-half and Parmesan cheese thicken the sauce without the need for flour. In the healthier casserole, a little gluten-free cornstarch thickens the almond milk mixture.

Mashed Potatoes

mashed potatoes
Photo: Blaine Moats

"I made these the day before Thanksgiving. To reheat, I put them in the slow cooker on low for about three hours before dinner." – Jennifer

mashed potatoes
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"This recipe is so easy and healthy. I love mashed potatoes, and when I started the South Beach Diet® and couldn't have them, I had to find an alternative. This is an awesome alternative, and people who hate vegetables love it. I do recommend using a large food processor for this recipe."— Andie

mashed cauliflower
Photo: Blaine Moats

Healthy Tricks for Mashed Potatoes:

The Garlic Mashed Cauliflower has 136 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 16 grams of carbs less than Jen's Creamy Mashed Potatoes. Here are the tricks:

  • Cauliflower has fewer calories and carbs than potatoes. While potatoes are a great source of potassium, cauliflower is a decent source, too. And cauliflower is packed with vitamin C.
  • Swapping in Parmesan, olive oil, and reduced-fat cream cheese for fat-laden sour cream, butter, and cream cheese helps keep saturated fats down, while still keeping the dish creamy.
  • Some shredded and grated cheese may have gluten-containing fillers. Always check the ingredients list on products. When in doubt, grate your own.

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2019 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.