Sarah Poole/ News Replacing a few heavier side dishes this Christmas with some lighter dishes will help guests enjoy a delicious dinner and still have some room left for dessert. Jay Poole’s Parmesan Asparagus and Cranberry Walnut Brussels Sprouts recipes may be just the right alternative.

Sarah Poole/Mount Vernon News

Replacing a few heavier side dishes this Christmas with some lighter dishes will help guests enjoy a delicious dinner and still have some room left for dessert. Jay Poole’s Parmesan Asparagus and Cranberry Walnut Brussels Sprouts recipes may be just the right alternative. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — Although completely scrumptious, Christmas dinner often err on the side of being an extremely heavy meal. Plates mounded with roast beef, ham, turkey, dressing, potatoes, yams and green bean casserol initially bring wide grins to your guests’ lips; but these rich dishes can also unfortunately usher a not-so-fun, after dinner ritual of relatives popping antacids, rubbing their bloated bellies and groaning, “ I ate way too much.”

As a means to ward off any holiday meal woes, replacing a few heavier side dishes with a couple lighter, healthier veggie dishes may stop the dining overload.

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Sarah Poole: 740-397-5333 or spoole@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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