No need to pack on the holiday pounds with our versions of healthier holiday food.
Cost per serving: 59 cents
Give guests a jolt with this salad, sprinkled with realistic raisin “bugs.”
Recipe: Bug Salad
Cost per serving: $1.12
This smart salad is easy to make and a delicious, light treat.
See recipe: Oozing-Brain Salad
Cost per serving: 94¢
Cornflakes give these oven-baked drumsticks their big crunch but crisp breadcrumbs like Panko would provide an equally satisfying crunch.
See recipe: Crunchy Bones
Cost per serving: 90¢
It is simple to make the ghoulish cheese shapes, just ask the clerk at the deli counter to slice your cheese about ¼ inch thick and use a Halloween cookie cutter.
Recipe: Ghostly Pizza
Cost per serving: $1.61
We like ghosts and pumpkins but you can use any Halloween cutters to make these your own. Give your ghosts spooky faces with diced pimientos, or make scary jack-o-laterns with a variety of cut-up veggies.
See recipe: Spooky Sliders
Cost per serving:
Surprise guests with pea soup topped off with crunchy kitty-shaped croutons.
See recipe: Pea Soup with Black-Cat Croutons
Cost per serving: 53¢
You can make this sauce up to a week ahead of time, just cover and refrigerate. For best results, cook the sauce slowly over low heat, and keep your eye on it. Because of the sugar and fruit, this sauce can burn easily if neglected.
See recipe: Cranberry–Apple Cider Sauce
Cost per serving: 40¢
Applesauce can be so much more flavorful than what you find in the jar! Try this spicy version, for some extra color, leave the skins on after coring.
Recipe: Homemade Applesauce
Cost per serving: $1.45
This flavorful (and no-fuss!) Asparagus and Radish Sauté side dish is the perfect way to make vegetables exciting. Slice the radishes as thinly as possible. Use a mandoline if you own one.
See recipe: Asparagus and Radish Sauté
Cost per serving: 71¢
Peas get an unexpected but tasty overhaul in this unique dish. Can't find firm, salty ricotta salata? Use cumbled goat cheese or coarsely grated Parmaesan insead. If you're using fresh peas, cook them the day before you prepare this dish. Let cool, then keep covered and refrigerate until ready to use. Don't forget to make this side dish pretty by topping with fresh mint leaves.
See recipe: Peas with Mint and Ricotta Salata
Cost per serving: $1.59
This healthy side dish will be gobbled up in no time.
See recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions
Cost per serving: 90¢
Slightly sweet and slightly salty, this quick-to-make side dish will be on the menu for years to come.
Recipe: Brown-Butter Green Beans with Pecans
Cost per serving: 19¢
This quick and easy side dish is a perfect compliment to the holiday's hearty Irish fare.
Tips: Instead of thyme, use rosemary, sage, or a combination of both. Make it a little sweet and drizzle the vegetables with a little honey before roasting for a sweet touch.
See recipe: Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Cost per serving: 74¢
This dish is delicious with a variety of fresh herbs. Instead of chives, try adding fresh chopped rosemary, thyme or even a combination of both.
Recipe: Carrots with Lemon-Chive Butter
Cost per serving: 38¢
Round out a hearty fall meal with this simple side, which perfectly balances savory and sweet.
See recipe: Sugar-Baked Acorn Squash
Cost per serving: $1.19
Making a big dinner? Prep the casserole a day early. Pour the sauce over the broccoli, cover and refrigerate. Let the casserole come to room temperature before sprinkling with the bread crumb parmesan mixture and baking.
Recipe: Broccoli-Mushroom Casserole
Cost per serving: 12¢
Family and friends won't be able to stop at just one of these Sweet Potato Biscuits. If you happen to have leftovers, toss them into a breakfast scramble the next morning.
See recipe: Sweet Potato Biscuits