Delicious Christmas Sides for Dinner

Yum Yum Sides

Whenever I'm invited over to friends' house for dinner I usually make one of these four dishes. I get plenty of compliments from each. They can be served during any time of season.

Sweet and delicious!
Sweet and delicious!

Sweet Baby Carrots


1 (16 ounce) package baby carrots

1/2 cup butter

3 tablespoons honey

1/2 cup brown sugar


2 Qt. pot


-Place the carrots into pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.

-Return the pot to the stove; reduce the heat to medium-low. Melt the butter in the pot. Stir in the honey and brown sugar; add the carrots and stir until evenly coated; cook another 5 minutes.

I've been told that this probably takes out all the nutritional value of the carrot but it's delish!

Very refreshing!
Very refreshing!

Waldorf Fruit Salad


1 medium red apple, chopped

1 medium green apple, chopped

1 medium pear, chopped

1/2 cup red grapes

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup pecans, toasted (perfect to place in toaster oven or setting in oven under broil)

1 (6 ounce) container lemon or lemon cream pie yogurt

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons orange juice

2 teaspoons honey

1 bag of pecans (or almonds)

Mandarin oranges

*If you don’t like raisins cranberries are an awesome substitute.


Large bowl for mixing fruit items

Small bowl for combining yogurt, honey and juices

8 x 8 glass dish

Saran wrap or foil for covering


-In a large bowl, combine the apples, pears, grapes, raisins, mandarin oranges and pecans. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon and orange juices and honey; pour over fruit mixture and stir to coat.

*For added texture and flavor, toasting pecans in the oven or a toaster oven can make it great.


Eggless Sweetpotato Casserole


6 sweet potato -- cooked, peeled and mashed (sweet potatoes may take longer to cook than regular potatoes)

1/4 cup evaporated milk

1/4 cup orange juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1/3 cup butter, melted

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup chopped pecans

Marshmallows (optional)


Pot for boiling potatoes (find trick for peeling sweet potato after recipe)

Mixer or mash and stir in large bowl. (I normally peel potatoes and blend everything together with mixer)

Small bowl for stirring topping

9 x 13 glass dish


-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your glass dish and set aside.

-Blend together the sweet potatoes, evaporated milk, orange juice, vanilla, sugar, salt, 3 tablespoons butter, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste to make sure it’s to your liking. Scoop into glass dish.

-Prepare the topping by mixing together the 1/3 cup butter, brown sugar, flour and pecans. Sprinkle and spread over casserole and bake for 45 minutes or until hot.

*Add marshmallows.

-Broil top 5-7 min. until topping is crisp. Watch for darkening of pecans.

*An easy way to peel a potato is to score the potato horizontally in the middle of the potato before boiling. Then fill a large enough bowl with ice water. After boiling the potato, roll potato in ice water a few times. Once rolled enough, pull back on ends of potato and peel should come right off!

Easy Way To Peel a Potato


(Sweet) Pasta Salad


1 box spiral pasta (colorful is prettier)

1 cup of carrots

1 cup of grape tomatoes

2.5 oz of Parmesan shredded cheese


1 cup sugar

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon celery seed


Large bowl for mixing and keeping pasta in.


-Cook pasta according to directions on box.

-Mix all ingredients together. And you’re done!

*Try mixing in a cup of olives, broccoli, celery, onion, orange bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, green bell peppers and cauliflower for extra flavors, colors and textures.

*This dish can be served warm or cold.

These sides are very simple to make and very tasty. As with all recipes, the ingredients provided are just guidelines. Make sure you do a taste test for each one to see if the taste is to your liking. I normally add a pinch here and there of something on most of these. Unfortunately, the pictures I found are not my own but they come pretty close to what my sides look like when they are finished. Enjoy!

You also might like my hub for simple main course meals.

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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

These are great recipes. I just made some candied carrots recently, and I have to agree they are my favorite way to enjoy carrots. And I love pasta salad, so I might try that recipe as well. Voted up and useful!

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NiaG 5 years ago from Louisville, KY Author

Aren't they delicious Alecia! I haven't made any of these this year I don't think. I better get to it soon because writing this hub made me reminisce. Yum. Ha! Give the pasta a try it's really good.

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Deb Welch 5 years ago

NiaG - Voted Up - Useful, Beautiful and Awesome recipes.

They are all good. I loved the video for the potato - I will try that next time - can you use sweet potatoes too?

The carrots have too much butter and sugar for me - I like carrots with seasoning and a little bit of butter.


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NiaG 5 years ago from Louisville, KY Author

Thanks Deb! To be honest it seemed to work better with a sweet potato. I tried it with a regular potato but it didn't work as well. I don't know if it wasn't the right kind of potato or what. But it works perfectly with sweet potatoes!

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Christine P Ann 5 years ago from Australia

Love the video on peeling potatoes, I have used this method to peel tomatoes but never thought to us it with spuds. Thanks for the recipes also I will be trying the sweet potato recipe it sounds delicious. :)

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NiaG 5 years ago from Louisville, KY Author

You're teaching me too Christine, with a tomato?! I love making that sweet potato casserole, it's so delicious you can really just eat as a dessert. Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome day!

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Injured lamb 5 years ago

Sweet dinner sides...yummy...can't wait for the dinner time...

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NiaG 5 years ago from Louisville, KY Author

Yummy indeed! Thanks Injured Lamb. Let me know how they come out if you try one!

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clara kish@yahoo. 5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

Hi NiaG, Everything looks so good , I will try some of them soon as I can , You must be a very good cook ,it all looks delicious. clara

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NiaG 5 years ago from Louisville, KY Author

Thanks Clara! I love too cook when I'm in the mood for it. Not a gourmet chef but I like trying new dishes. Let me know what you make if you do. See ya later dear!

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clara kish@yahoo. 5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

Hi NiaG, I used to love to cook but I don't anymore.My son does most of the cooking for himself now.I lost my husband last Dec.1st. and my son likes spicy foods ,etc,My husband liked my type of food ,but since he is gone I don't spend all of that time in the kitchen, I spend more time on here,Talk to you later

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NiaG 5 years ago from Louisville, KY Author

I'm pretty much the same Clara. For the past two years I've been single and I just don't cook like I used to because it is just me. Half the fun was cooking for someone and getting their reaction.

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Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

I have candied a lot of sweet potatoes in my lifetime, but I have never heard of candied baby carrots. Hmmmmmm....

Thanks for the tip, I'll let you know how those carrots turn out.

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NiaG 5 years ago from Louisville, KY Author

Oh they're so good Rachelle. I'm gonna have to grocery shopping and get a few of these things. Ha! Please let me know.

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Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

Will do NiaG, I will make a Hub and link back to this page when I am done with my epicurious experiment. :)

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OfTheHeart 5 years ago from New York

This is so helpful. I am always looking for new recipes to add to my dinners. They tend to get repetitive. I am excited to try the sweet baby carrots. Thanks for sharing.

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