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Veggie-Topped Polenta Slices

This amazing side dish recipe came from a stroke of genius when I didn't have many ingredients on hand. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
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Pasta Shells with Herbs

Pasta Shells with Herbs

Pasta Shells with Herbs

"I grow my own herbs, and this dish showcases them perfectly," says Marilyn Pozzo from Salmo, British Columbia. "Red pepper slices and a sprinkling of parsley dress up the pasta shells in a simple yet eye-pleasing way. My husband and our three young children enjoy this on the side with grilled pork, bee, chicken and fish."

Double-Stuffed Potatoes

Double-Stuffed Potatoes

Double-Stuffed Potatoes

This creamy dish comes alive with the addition of sweet potatoes, brown sugar and cinnamon. Fresh pears lend an unexpected, yet fitting, special touch. Taste of Home Test Kitchen - Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Patrician Potatoes

Makeover Patrician Potatoes

Makeover Patrician Potatoes

The Thanksgiving table just isn’t complete without a steaming side of mashed potatoes. This makeover transformed high-fat Patrician Potatoes into a light side that still tastes decadent.
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Southwestern Bean and Rice Salad

Southwestern Bean and Rice Salad

Southwestern Bean and Rice Salad

"We enjoy fajitas and tacos, but finding a good side dish to go with them wasn't easy...until this recipe came along," writes Stephenie Liston of Ankeny, Iowa.

Steamed Winter Vegetables

Steamed Winter Vegetables

Steamed Winter Vegetables

Potatoes, parsnips, carrots, brussels sprouts and turnips star in this colorful side dish from Marilyn Leedom of Appleton, Wisconsin. A dash of horseradish and dill perk up this vegetable assortment that makes an appealing partner to any winter entree.

Vegetable Focaccia

Vegetable Focaccia

Vegetable Focaccia

"This popular recipe began as herb focaccia but gradually came to include our favorite vegetables," writes Michele Fairchok of Throop, Pennsylvania. "There's no cheese because my husband can't have dairy products. But some people who try it think it has cheese anyway!"

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

Rice with Chilies 'n' Veggies

Rice with Chilies 'n' Veggies

Rice with Chilies 'n' Veggies

I turned to a particular dish when I wanted to use peppers I grew in my garden. I promptly rewrote the recipe to include several other fresh veggies and this was the result. It's a perfect side dish for just about anything. —Kate Selner of Lino Lakes, Minnesota

Wild Rice with Celery Stuffed Cornish Hens

Wild Rice with Celery Stuffed Cornish Hens

Wild Rice with Celery Stuffed Cornish Hens

Stuffed with a succulent combination of wild rice, mushrooms and dried cranberries these golden hens are sure to become a special-occasion entree in your home. "They're a wonderful change of pace from traditional turkey," writes Nancy Horsburgh of Everett, Ontario.

Twice-Baked Raisin Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Raisin Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Raisin Sweet Potatoes

Our Test Kitchen puts a new twist on a classic dish, using good-for-you sweet potatoes with raisins and almonds. Pineapple juice and cinnamon round out this satisfying side.

Dijon Veggies with Couscous

Dijon Veggies with Couscous

Dijon Veggies with Couscous

Coated in a tangy Dijon sauce, these tasty veggies and fluffy couscous make for a delightful side. Diana Dumitru — Fairview Park, Ohio
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