Healthy Fall Dishes that Don’t Sacrifice Flavor

Nov 25, 2020 | Food

It’s so hard to watch the waistline when Thanksgiving and Christmas come around. Between irresistible seasonal desserts and overindulging at dinner, there are countless obstacles to a low-calorie holiday season. If you’re looking for a few diet-approved choices to include in your holiday spread, the Palm Valley crew is here to help. Here are a few of our favorite healthy foods to eat over the next few months. 

Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Trust us on this one. Even the pickiest eater at the table won’t know they’re making a healthy choice. When prepared correctly, mashed cauliflowers are the mirror image of buttery potatoes. 


1 head cauliflower, trimmed into florets

½ cup Greek yogurt

½ stick of butter

½ to 1 cup heavy cream or coconut milk, until desired consistency

Salt and pepper to taste

Steam the cauliflower until fork tender. Add to a blender with the remaining ingredients. Taste test and adjust proportions accordingly until it’s perfect. Pour into a saucepan to keep warm until you serve. 

Roasted Sweet Potato and Wild Rice Greens

We love this twist on the classic fall salad. Give yourself and guests the opportunity to fill up on healthy appetizers like this before the indulgent main course. 


2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 ½ cups wild rice, cooked

3 handfuls of arugula

¼ cup toasted pine nuts

1 tsp chili powder

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing:

Zest of 2 lemons

Freshly squeezed juice from 2 lemons

2 tsp high-quality maple syrup

3 cloves garlic, minced

⅓ cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Puree all of the dressing ingredients in a food process until combined. Toss the cooked rice with 2 tbsp of the dressing and cool in the fridge. 

Toss the diced sweet potatoes with olive oil, chili powder, S&P on a sheet pan. Roast for 15 minutes, then toss. Ross for another 10-12 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from the oven to cool slightly. 

Combine the salad ingredients together and toss lightly with the lemon vinaigrette. 

Visit Palm Valley Fish Camp for a Taste of Seasonal, Healthy Food

We love to offer a combination of fried favorites and delicious healthy options to our guests. A few of our favorite healthy choices include the Roasted Beet Salad, Grilled Salmon BLT and Raw or Steamed Oysters. 

Is your mouth watering yet? We don’t blame you! Book your reservation today. We can’t wait to see you this holiday season!