Yule Tide Sides


3 superfast solutions to the "what do I bring to this holiday party?" dilemma.

1. Saute 2 pints of cherry tomatoes in a nonstick skillet with a tad (about 4 teaspoons) of olive oil and a clove of minced garlic. Toss with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with chopped parsley (dried, from the jar is just fine). Serve warm. Serves 4. Per serving: 49 calories, 31% fat (1.7 g; 0.2 g saturated), 56% carbs (9 g), 13% protein (2 g), 2 g fiber.

2. Cook a 10-ounce package each of frozen broccoli florets and cauliflower according to package directions, and toss with store-bought pesto. Serves 4. Per serving (with 2 tablespoons pesto): 72 calories, 50% fat (4 g; 0.7 g saturated), 38% carbs (7 g), 12% protein (4 g), 4 g fiber.

3. Stop off at a fast-food outlet and buy a pint of hot mashed potatoes. Blend in several drops of extra-virgin olive oil, some coarse salt, a pinch of nutmeg and freshly ground black pepper before serving. Sshhhhh! Serves 4. Per serving (with 1/2 teaspoon oil): 117 calories, 39% fat (5 g; 1.2 g saturated), 54% carbs (18 g), 7% protein (2 g), 2 g fiber.

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