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5 Healthy Holiday Side Dishes

5 healthy holiday side dishes

What recipes are you making for Christmas this year? Some recipes come and go from year to year, but there are some that become forever holiday staples because they are that good!

We’ve partnered with Koops’ Mustard to bring you this collection of 5 Healthy Holiday Side Dishes that help you and your family eat more vegetables – without the battle! Trust us, these aren’t your typical steamed vegetable side dishes, these are tried and true family favorites that take the pain away from eating veggies. Many of these recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, Whole30, and keto so they can accommodate whatever dietary lifestyle you may be following!

Enjoy the holidays and get your family eating healthier with BurgerFit and Koops’!

This recipe is sponsored by Koops’ Mustard. Order their mustard at koopsmustard.com or on Amazon.

The never-ending battle at our family get-togethers is over what we are making whether it will be “too healthy”. With these recipes, I don’t have to worry about that too much – even my pickiest eater loves them! -Alane

Braised Collard Greens

1. Braised Collard Greens

Not everyone is a fan of collard greens, but they just haven’t tried this recipe yet! This is one of our favorite healthy holiday side dishes because it’s a delicious sugar-free version of traditional collard green recipes. The curry powder and Koops’ Organic Dijon mustard gives it an irresistible flavor and the honey is the perfect amount of sweetness! It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and veggie-packed! If you’re wondering if you should add bacon to this dish, the answer is yes, always yes. Get the recipe here!

Glazed Green Beans

2. Glazed Green Beans

We usually see green beans at least once during the holiday season, and with the wide range of techniques that come with cooking green beans, sometimes it’s easier to pass them by. Not with this green bean dish! Perfectly glazed with Koops’ Spicy Brown Mustard, this will be the only way you prepare green beans from now on. If you’re looking for a healthier version of a traditional green bean casserole, this would make a perfect substitute. Get this dairy-free, gluten-free, and paleo recipe here!

Sauteed Veggies with Honey Mustard Sauce

3. Sauteed Veggies with Honey Mustard Sauce

We’re firm believers that honey mustard can make just about anything taste delicious. Especially when it’s made with our favorite Koops’ Organic Stone Ground Mustard! This sauteed veggie dish paired with Koops’ Mustard is bound to be a crowd-pleaser and one of the most popular side dishes even among the picky eaters. It’s super easy and quick to throw together when you need an additional dish this holiday season. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and paleo making it perfect for nearly everyone! Get the recipe here!

Braised Brussels Sprouts

4. Braised Brussels Sprouts

If you’ve never tried roasting your Brussels sprouts in balsamic vinegar, you’re missing out! This combination of bacon, maple syrup, Dijon Koops’ mustard, and balsamic vinegar is the only way you’ll be eating Brussel sprouts from now on! You may even be able to get your picky eaters to try it. This dairy-free and gluten-free recipe is one of the must-have side dishes to bring to your holiday table this year. Get the recipe here!

Glazed Butternut Squash

5. Glazed Butternut Squash

The perfect dish to use up the butternut squash that’s been sitting on your counter all fall. We love how long they last! This glazed butternut squash recipe is one of our favorites, especially when paired with feta cheese! (We’re getting hungry just thinking about it!) Savory, a little sweet, and a little spicy, this dish is made with Koops’ Stone Ground Mustard to give it just the right amount of kick! Get the recipe for our glazed butternut squash here!

Give the gift of delicious cooking and healthy eating this year with these 5 Healthy Holiday Side Dishes from BurgerFit and Koops’ Mustard! We hope you enjoy these recipes and that they bring health and joy to your Christmas table. Tag us on Instagram if you made of these recipes and let us know how they turned out!

Need a last-minute Christmas gift?


Check out our Holiday Gift Guide For Moms and Educational Gifts For Kids that Parent Will Love Too!

Looking for a healthy holiday appetizer?

Check out our blog: 5 Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Meet our Founder & Koops'

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Alane Boyd

Host of BurgerFit Fridays

Alane has kept her 40 lb weight loss off since 2013, and created BurgerFit and Cooking with My Friends as a way to get her family eating better. Her health journey started in 2012 after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and obesity. Frustrated and determined, Alane decided to make small, sustainable changes in her diet so that it would be maintainable for a lifetime. Now Alane maintains a healthy weight range and has incorporated quick and easy recipes that keep her picky family members eating better!

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Koops' Mustard

Making Mustard Great Again

Koops’ isn’t your ordinary mustard. It’s extraordinary mustard. With 14 bold flavors that can satisfy any appetite, it makes good food great and great food amazing. We like to think our mustards make everything you spread them on a little better. Well, now your favorite mustard makes the planet a little better too. Sustainably farmed, these organic varieties have all the flavor and texture of the mustard you love.

How We Met

BurgerFit and Koops’ Mustard met before going to the World Food Championships. Since mustard pairs perfectly with burgers, BurgerFit offered samples of Koops’ Mustard in their Tasting Pavilion booth. From there, they continued their relationship by partnering for BurgerFit Friday.

About BurgerFit

BurgerFit helps make eating veggies fun and delicious for your pickiest of eaters! Our new take on an old classic combines veggies into delicious meat burgers, transforming them into healthy meals that everyone from 2 to 82 years old can enjoy. Each recipe has been tested with kids of all ages, both young and the grown ones. You’ll have them eating beets (and loving it) before they know it!

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What They’re Saying

Not your typical burger with fries! I grew up just eating burgers with cheese, ketchup, and mustard alongside some fries...This burger offers more nutritional value while still being delicious to eat with the condiments that I love. A side dish of rosemary potatoes in place of fried french fries made it even better. This dish was a nice change from the average burger and had great flavor.


BurgerFit is a valuable resource to have at my office when talking about improving eating habits with my patients. It shows them that making healthier choices doesn’t mean giving up food that they know and love, and it helps them make the transition toward seeing food as a joyful part of self care, rather than something to feel guilty about.


Wait, these are healthy? If I had known, I wouldn't have eaten them...But they are good, so just don't tell me next time.


Trust me when I tell you these burgers are amazing!
I have had the wonderful opportunity to have them, and oh boy! My five-year-old even loved them. This is not your sneaky cook of the nineties, these are burgers your family will love. I cannot wait for the cookbook to come out so we can incorporate these into our weekly family meals.

Alane Boyd

Alane is the co-founder of BGBO Co, a business consulting company that helps business owners achieve their biggest goal and overcome their biggest obstacle. She is also the creator of BurgerFit and the host of Cooking with My Friends. Both were started to inspire people to eat healthier.


  • Kitchen-Queen says:

    I am inlove with all these recipes. I made the Glazed Butternut Squash and Glazed Green Beans and all my guests loved them, saying I cooked the veggies perfect. I can’t wait to try the Braised Collard Greens for our next family event.

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