FeaturesDecember/January 2018 Issue

Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes

Delicious supporting dishes for holiday feasting with food restrictions.

Make your meal stand out with a variety of tasty side dishes that keep your dinner interesting and your guests asking for seconds. From colorful vegetable-based dishes to satisfying stuffings, these recipes are guaranteed to make every-one at the table happy.

Butternut Squash & Beets over Collard Greens with Mustard Vinaigrette

PREP: 20 minutes
ROAST: 30–35 minutes


Roasting is an easy, hands-off way to enhance the natural sweetness of vegetables. In this beautiful dish, roasted gold and red veggies are served over stir-fried collard greens. Cardamom takes the greens to a new level of flavor.

squash, beets, collard greens

Jennifer Beeman

Each serving contains 195 calories, 12g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 213mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 5g sugars, 5g protein, 7Est GL.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

PREP: 25 minutes
ROAST: 30 minutes


These are not your grandmother’s Brussels sprouts. Roasting them with bacon and drizzling them with balsamic vinegar and oil brings out amazing flavor.

brussels sprouts and bacon recipe

Jennifer Beeman

Each serving contains 428 calories, 45g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 3mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 3g protein, 2Est GL.

gluten free cranberry cornbread stuffing

Jennifer Beeman

Cornbread Stuffing with Cranberries

PREP: 25 minutes
BAKE: 35 minutes


For many in the South, a holiday menu isn’t complete without cornbread stuffing. Dried cranberries deliver a hint of sweetness in this delicious vegetarian version. This stuffing pairs well with poultry or pork. For vegetarian guests, consider stuffing acorn squash.

Each serving contains 273 calories, 15g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 56mg cholesterol, 498mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 9g sugars, 3g protein, 18Est GL.

Fresh Herb Stuffing with Oysters

PREP: 25 minutes
BAKE: 50 minutes


My grandmother and mother always made this stuffing on the holidays and the tradition continues in my family today. For those avoiding oysters, eggplant is a great substitution; see instructions.

gluten free oyster stuffing

Jennifer Beeman

Each serving contains 190 calories, 10g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 48mg cholesterol, 504mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 3g sugars, 5g protein, 11Est GL.

Dirty Rice & Beans

PREP: 35 minutes


Traditional “Dirty Rice” gets its name from the addition of a ground meat like chicken liver or gizzards. This version uses mushrooms for a cleaned-up version with lots of great flavor and nutrition. The addition of red beans creates a balanced protein for a vegan entrée with holiday flair.

dirty rice and beans

Jennifer Beeman

Each serving contains 421 calories, 5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 270mg sodium, 82g carbohydrate, 20g fiber, 21g sugars, 21g protein, 52Est GL.

Contributing chef Sueson Vess is a food coach, cooking instructor and author of Special Eats.

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