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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.

Holiday Hot Fruit Compote

Holiday Hot Fruit Compote

Holiday Hot Fruit Compote

"I threw this warm fruit dish together one Thanksgiving when I needed an additional side dish," Lisa Sharman says of her tangy combination of fresh apples and canned fruit. "It was such a hit that I'm still asked to bring it to family gatherings," she writes from Helena, Alabama.

Three-Pepper Corn Pudding

Three-Pepper Corn Pudding

Three-Pepper Corn Pudding

A trio of peppers livens up this comforting side dish. "I've had this recipe for many years," says Virginia Anthony, Jacksonville, Florida. "I lightened it up from the original by using reduced-fat sour cream and milk, plus some egg substitute. It tastes just as good...but it's much better for us!"

Horseradish Dijon Potatoes

Horseradish Dijon Potatoes

Horseradish Dijon Potatoes

THIS is a great dish for spring and early summer when the chives are first coming up and are young and tender. Because of the tang from the horseradish and mustard, it is a compatible side dish to ham or corned beef.
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Golden Scalloped Potatoes

Golden Scalloped Potatoes

Golden Scalloped Potatoes

Homemade scalloped potatoes are a must with ham. We love all the grease taste of the rich cream sauce in this dish. My mother-in law shared the well-loved recipe with me. -Lavonn Bormuth Westerville, Ohio

Spinach Cheddar Squares

Spinach Cheddar Squares

Spinach Cheddar Squares

"I really enjoy preparing spinach dishes like this one," shares Elaine Anderson of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. "Perfect for four, the recipe can be doubled to serve larger groups."

Baked Bean

Baked Bean

Baked Bean

Two types of beans, jalapeno pepper and a little liquid smoke help these beans steal the show at potlucks and other get-togethers. "Whether served with a summer barbecue or winter ham dinner, this recipe makes an ideal side dish," promises Erin Anderson of Far Hills, New Jersey.

Vegetable Barley Bake

Vegetable Barley Bake

Vegetable Barley Bake

Forget the potatoes and rice, and consider this change-of-pace dinner accompaniment from Shirley Doyle. The Mt. Prospect, Illinois reader relies on wholesome barley for the heart-smart dish that complements most any main course.

Light Rosemary Rice

Light Rosemary Rice

Light Rosemary Rice

This quick rice dish is a favorite with my family. It's low in fat because it gets it's flavor from herbs, not butter. -Connie Regalado of El Paso, Texas

Saucy Baked Beans

Saucy Baked Beans

Saucy Baked Beans

My family enjoys these baked beans with corn bread, but they also round out any cookout. Canned pork and beans make preparation easy. —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas

Carrot Parsnip Puree

Carrot Parsnip Puree

Carrot Parsnip Puree

The home economists in our Test Kitchen came up with this good-tasting, good-for-you side dish that’s a nice change from mashed potatoes. The natural sweetness of the parsnips and carrots is complemented by hint of ground nutmeg. Don’t want to drag out your food processor? Mash the cooked vegetables with a potato masher instead.

White Beans with Rigatoni

White Beans with Rigatoni

White Beans with Rigatoni

"My husband and I are fans of canned beans...especially when they're combined with pasta," shares Carol Gaus of Itasca, Illinois. "This quick-to-fix recipe makes a wonderful after-work meal served with whole wheat rolls and a salad with light vinaigrette dressing."
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