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Low Fat Side Dishes

Looking for low fat side dishes? Find low fat side dish recipes that are a great complement to healthy low fat dinners.

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Hot and Zesty Quinoa

Hot and Zesty Quinoa

Hot and Zesty Quinoa

“I created this healthy whole grain side to serve my family instead of potatoes or rice. It’s so easy and has a little kick. Quinoa’s a nurturing grain and a complete protein.” —Sandra Letizia, Providence, Rhode Island

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

“These peppers stuffed with quinoa taste yummy,” Anna Engle proclaims from Streetsboro, Ohio. “My family and I enjoy them regularly, and I always look forward to leftovers.”

Scalloped Apples

Scalloped Apples

Scalloped Apples

When I was a child, I loved eating at my grandma's house, especially when she baked this comforting apple dish. As a busy mother of seven, I'm often short on time, so I use the microwave to fix it quickly. My family enjoys its "apple pie" flavor with a meal or topped with ice cream for dessert. -Sandy Daniels, Grandville, Michigan
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Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Gratin

Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Gratin

Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Gratin

I combined two of my favorite vegetables in this creamy gratin to create a family-friendly dish that fits right into your busy schedule. Topped with crunchy Panko bread crumbs and savory Italian cheeses, you'll have this comforting side on the table in under an hour. —Mrs. Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

Butternut Orzo Risotto

Butternut Orzo Risotto

Butternut Orzo Risotto

This creamy dish resembles traditional rice risotto, only it’s quicker and easier to make. Fresh herbs enhance the tender orzo pasta and sweet butternut squash. Try it as a warming side dish for pork.—Country Woman Test Kitchen

Green Beans with Tomatoes & Basil

Green Beans with Tomatoes & Basil

Green Beans with Tomatoes & Basil

Here’s a fast and easy way to dress up fresh green beans. Basil adds bright flavor, while lemon juice and garlic bring spring to mind. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Kale with Bacon

Kale with Bacon

Kale with Bacon

The hearty bacon flavor in this side dish makes you forget that you're eating right. Seasoned with garlic, it's a great way to enjoy vitamin-rich kale. —Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia

Parmesan & Garlic Fries

Parmesan & Garlic Fries

Parmesan & Garlic Fries

I found an even tastier way to eat fries! The addition of Parmesan and garlic makes this side dish simple irresistible.

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Need a fast but upscale side? Just a few ingredients give fresh asparagus wonderful flavor. —Marilyn Brown, Pooler, Georgia

Rigatoni Chard Toss

Rigatoni Chard Toss

Rigatoni Chard Toss

I had to get my firefighter husband to eat more fruits and veggies to lower his cholesterol and triglycerides. Fresh chard and tomatoes add a lot of fiber and vitamins to our diets, but we love this recipe for the flavor. While he would never admit to eating "health food" around the firehouse, this dish is one of many that made his trips to the doctor much more pleasant! —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California

Sweet Potatoes with Apples

Sweet Potatoes with Apples

Sweet Potatoes with Apples

This satisfying dish is very welcome at any meal at our house, especially on holidays. The tart apple slices taste so good baked on top of the mild sweet potatoes. —Jean Winfree, Wausau, Wisconsin
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