Eat Well

Let’s Get Sensible: How to Enjoy a Holiday Classic Reasonably

Dec 20, 2016

By Dylan Bailey, MS Candidate

The following 3 words may describe one of the holiday season’s most iconic culinary traditions: Green, Bean, and Casserole. The Green Bean Casserole is a staple in many households for the holidays – and no surprise – the dish was first developed in 1955, meaning this recipe turns 61 this year. Move over mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts, because we have way too much history with this side dish!

Green Bean Casserole is a welcome addition to any holiday table, and is traditionally served in a large casserole dish, family style. For those trying to enjoy food sensibly this holiday season while also indulging, this “free for all” approach can make it difficult to know what a recommended portion size is, or even stick to it. This can lead to consuming more calories, sodium and fat than you had intended to. In fact, research suggests larger portion sizes might play a role in how much food you’re really eating at meals.

To allow yourself to enjoy this classic comfort food, try changing how the recipe is served before it even hits the table – this way you’ll have more awareness and control of your servings, and won’t be as tempted to go for seconds, or even thirds. 

Green Bean Casserole Tartlets

These Green Bean Casserole Tartlets are the perfect solution for keeping portion control in mind. Servings are pre-made and baked into an edible crust! The best part? You’ll still get all the vitamins, minerals and fiber that this dish packs, while keeping portion size under control. Not to mention – these will impress even the pickiest dinner guests. 

Individual Herbed Vegetable Pot Pies

If the Green Bean Casserole Tartlets don’t make it to your table this holiday season, these Individual Herbed Vegetable Pot Pies are also packed with pre-portioned goodness, nourishing vegetables, and take just about 10 minutes to make – giving you more time to get back to the table this holiday season!