Holiday Recipe Redo: The Best “Healthified” Side Dishes for the Holidays

With these lower-calorie holiday sides, you can pile on seconds without packing on the pounds.

By Debra K | Posted November 22, 2013 | Originally posted on

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Yes, it is coming; the opulent and effusive holiday season.  Have you taken the time to put into place strategies to stay healthy?  There’s a good chance you’ll be working harder, you’ll find your energy going outward more to help others and you might feel additional financial strain.  It is important during these busy times to find ways to put yourself first by getting plenty of rest, eating well, moving your body and finding quiet moments to relax and appreciate yourself.  Make this year the season of “YOU”, you’ve earned it.

To help you eat well this holiday season, Debra K, host of the Journey into Wellbeing has partnered with some of the top chefs in the country to offer you healthier choices. Click now and follow the Recipe Redo Blog to receive every healthy recipe being offered.

Today’s Offering:  Happy Sides

Debra K’s Lower Carb Mashed Cauli‘taters

dk mashed cauli'tatersAs the nights start to get cooler one thing I always crave is mashed potatoes.  Overall mashed potatoes aren’t a bad choice, but they can add a significant amount of carbohydrates and fat.  This blend of potatoes and cauliflower is meant to be family friendly and there is a good chance, they might not even notice the healthy swaps.  Even better, you can cut the amount of carbs in half, while not sacrificing taste or texture.  If you’re feeling really adventurous, leave out all the potatoes and go for some whipped cauliflower.

Serves:  4-6


  • 1 Head cauliflower
  • 2 Large white (russet) potatoes
  • 2 T Unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 T Brewers yeast (optional)
  • 1/2 t Minced garlic
  • 1/8 t Vegetable or chicken bouillon dissolved in a small amount of warm water (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 1/2 t Fresh or dry chives, chopped for garnish
  • 3 T Ghee or vegan butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat.
  2. Clean and cut cauliflower and peeled potatoes into small, similar sized pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6-10 minutes, or until well done. Drain well and while still hot transfer to mixing bowl.
  3. In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower and potatoes with all ingredients and blend until smooth.  Do not over blend or they become rubbery.
  4. Garnish with chives, and serve hot with pats of vegan butter or ghee.


Debra K’s Apple Slaw…In the Raw

photo (21)During the holidays it is especially important to have access to quick and easy recipes that are healthy.  These will help in deterring you from making less optimal choices.  I love this recipe because the items are available year round and it is a great add to your holiday eating.  Imagine it is the day after thanksgiving and you are trying to figure out what to eat alongside your sandwich.  Ditch the heavier items and go for this.  It is sweet and tangy choice loaded with living enzymes that even the kids will love.

Makes 4 servings


  • 2 apples – seeded and grated
  • 2 large carrot – grated
  • 2- small green onion, green part sliced thinly
  • minced cilantro – small amount
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • Pepper to taste
  • Drizzle of olive oil

So easy, so yummy and so RAW!  Enjoy. —Debra K


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