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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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

Carrots with Pineapple Glaze

Carrots with Pineapple Glaze

Carrots with Pineapple Glaze

Pretty and versatile Pineapple-Glazed Carrots are ready in just 10 minutes and pair up with a variety of meats for weekday meal magic! Anna Stodolak - Volant, Pennsylvania

Easy Herbed Green Beans

Easy Herbed Green Beans

Easy Herbed Green Beans

An assortment of herbs adds a refreshing burst of flavor to this easy green bean dish. You can serve it in moments, and it goes so well with just about any main course. –Ann Bassett of Nashville, Tennessee
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Garden Orzo Risotto

Garden Orzo Risotto

Garden Orzo Risotto

No one will believe this rich, creamy dish was prepared in less than 30 minutes! I developed the recipe when my garden tomatoes, zucchini and basil were coming on strong. Using orzo instead of Arborio rice makes the risotto so much easier to prepare. —Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois

German Red Cabbage

German Red Cabbage

German Red Cabbage

Sunday afternoons were frequently a time for family gatherings. While the uncles played cards, the aunts prepared wonderful German treats such as this red cabbage. Oftentimes there wasn't enough room for everyone at the dining table, so the grown-ups and babies ate first. My cousins and I would hang around waiting for our turn, hoping there'd be plenty of food left.

Greek-Style Squash

Greek-Style Squash

Greek-Style Squash

What a great way to use up all that summer squash! You can almost taste the sunshine in this quick, colorful vegetable dish and the foil packets make for carefree cleanup. —Betty Washburn, Reno, Nevada

Green Beans Provencale

Green Beans Provencale

Green Beans Provencale

Garlic, tomatoes and olive oil are wonderful ingredients often found in Southern French cooking. In this dish, they complement the green beans perfectly. Paula Wharton — El Paso, Texas

Italian Vegetable Medley

Italian Vegetable Medley

Italian Vegetable Medley

Round out a variety of menus with this side dish that lends a delicious pop of color. “If you have them, use leftover veggies. People are always surprised at how easy this dish is!” Margaret Wilson - Sun City, CA

Maple-Glazed Green Beans

Maple-Glazed Green Beans

Maple-Glazed Green Beans

After I picked my first green beans one year, I desired a savory dish that was unique, quick, and packed with flavor. I had all the ingredients in my pantry and began to experiment. The results were outrageously YUMMY! I couldn’t stop eating my creation, so the next day I picked more beans and made this delicious side dish again. It's a keeper.—Merry Graham, Newhall, California

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
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