Mexican-Inspired Holiday Side Dishes
Thanksgiving is a blessed day where we throw our desire to eat healthy, wholesome food out the window and dive headfirst into a bowl of fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes. Wait, butter you say? Gravy? No problem! The healthy, active lifestyle we advocate at Costa Vida is all about balance. Enjoying one indulgent meal with loved ones will not ruin your health. And if you love leftover pie for breakfast (we do!), remember that one indulgent holiday meal followed by dessert for breakfast will not ruin your health either.
We bring the fresh flavors of coastal Mexico to you with our menu items, some of them light and some of them decadent. This holiday season, we’re sharing recipes to bring the same flavors to your traditional holiday spread. For those of you who have already planned your Thanksgiving meal or for our Canadian Costavidans who celebrated Thanksgiving in October, these side dishes will also work perfectly for your holiday feasts in December!
Cranberry Sauce – Jalapeños, ginger, and cayenne add an unexpected spice to this condiment.
Spicy Red Pepper Cranberry Relish – NYTCooking.com
Vegetables – Creamy avocado and roasted yams provide the base for this healthy, seasonal salad.
Avocado and Roasted Yam Fall Ensalada – MuyBuenoCookbook.com
Sweet Potatoes – Smoky chipotle peppers create a low, even heat in this creamy side dish.
Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes – FoodNetwork.com
Mashed Potatoes - Poblano peppers add a spicy kick to everyone’s favorite classic.
Poblano Mashed Potatoes – QueRicaVida.com
Stuffing – The cornbread absorbs every ounce of the Mexican chorizo’s smoky, savory flavor.
Chorizo and Cornbread Stuffing – FoodNetwork.com
Dessert – Sweet, creamy pumpkin flan or cinnamon chocolate bread pudding? Why not both?
Pumpkin Flan with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds – Epicurious.com
Mexican Bread Pudding (Capirotada) – MyRecipes.com
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