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Favorite Holiday Vegetable Recipes

Christmas is almost here and as I prepare my menu for Christmas dinner, I thought I would share some of my favorite holiday vegetable recipes. It is always a good idea to have a few vegetables on the menu to lighten the calorie load of your holiday meal. Below is my new favorite salad, a Pear Gorganzola Walnut Salad – super simple. I have also included my recipe for Oven Roasted Apsaragus. This recipe is great for a holiday meal, but also simple enough for a weeknight side. Hope you enjoy!

Kerri Napoleon, RDN, CSSD

Pear Gorganzola Walnut Salad


6 cups Spring Mix salad greens

1 pear – sliced & dipped into lime juice

¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

¼ cup gorganzola cheese

¼ cup Briannas Poppyseed Dressing

Toss dressing & ingredients. Serves 6 depending on size of salad • Calories: 120 • Fat: 8.6 g • Carb: 8.6 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g


Oven/Grilled-Roasted Asparagus


Prep: 10 min, Cook: 15 min

1 bunch thin asparagus spears, trimmed

1 tablespoons canola oil

1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)

1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees

2. Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with the canola oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper.

3. Bake Or Grill – See directions below

4. If Baking - Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.

5. If Grilling – Place the asparagus in aluminum foil; fold over to make a packet. Place the foil packet on the grill and cook for 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.

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