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Healthy Cooking Side Dishes

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A local restaurant got me hooked on sweet potato fries. I started making them at home with different seasonings to match the taste. I'm thrilled with the results! —Jackie Gregston, Hallsville, Texas
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Spinach and Garbanzo Skillet

Spinach and Garbanzo Skillet

Spinach and Garbanzo Skillet

Whipped up by our Test Kitchen, this colorful combination of beans, summer squash, tomatoes and spinach makes a bright addition to any meal. Topped with roasted almonds and served warm, this tasty side dish is sure to be requested often!

Asparagus and Mushrooms in Lemon-Thyme Butter

Asparagus and Mushrooms in Lemon-Thyme Butter

Asparagus and Mushrooms in Lemon-Thyme Butter

Out of thyme? No worries, the beauty of this dish is in its versatility. Try using another herb instead. —Sarah Reid, Oshawa, Ontario

Minty Orzo and Peas

Minty Orzo and Peas

Minty Orzo and Peas

My grandmother used to serve this side dish along with roast leg of lamb. With its fresh mint taste, it also makes a nice salad served chilled. It's simple but delicious. -Kristen Dunphy of Haverhill, Massachusetts
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Makeover Southern Favorite Sweet Potatoes

Makeover Southern Favorite Sweet Potatoes

Makeover Southern Favorite Sweet Potatoes

"Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same for my family without the buttery, pecan-topped sweet potato bake they've come to love with their turkey. Now with a third less cholesterol, 25 percent fewer calories and a whopping 43 percent less fat, this recipe is one any holiday cook who cares about her family's health can be thankful for!" Sonia Chimenti - Concord, California

Parmesan Vegetable Rice

Parmesan Vegetable Rice

Parmesan Vegetable Rice

With its red tomatoes and green pepper, this healthful rice dish from Nola Nielsen in Darien, Illinois is colorful enough to serve during the holidays, she says. “But I make it whenever I want a special rice dish any time of year at all!”

Stir-Fry Sesame Green Beans

Stir-Fry Sesame Green Beans

Stir-Fry Sesame Green Beans

Looking for a different treatment for garden-fresh green beans? Try this stir-fried side dish. It's nicely seasoned with fresh ginger, sesame oil and sesame seeds. -Test Kitchen

Garlic Thyme Potatoes

Garlic Thyme Potatoes

Garlic Thyme Potatoes

Small red potatoes, partially peeled, make an eye-catching presentation in this simple side dish from our Test Kitchen. The potatoes are steamed, then tossed with oil and a flavorful combination of thyme and lemon peel.

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

In Bryan, Texas, Erin Littlefield saves herself the trouble of husking those ears of sweet corn she brings to family picnics and get-togethers with this scrumptious grilling technique. “My husband came up with the sweet and spicy glaze,“ she confides. “It tastes really good, looks beautiful with the flecks of red pepper and requires much less butter than folks generally use.“

Italian Broccoli with Peppers

Italian Broccoli with Peppers

Italian Broccoli with Peppers

This healthy side dish goes with just about anything. And for a satisfying meal, we like it over pasta or grilled chicken or turkey breasts. —Maureen McClanahan, St. Louis, Missouri

Tender Garlic Green Beans

Tender Garlic Green Beans

Tender Garlic Green Beans

Margaret Wagner Allen dresses up garden-fresh green beans in minutes, thanks to this easy microwave recipe. "The tender beans are delicious served with baked ham or grilled salmon," she writes from Abingdon, Virginia.

Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta

Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta

Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta

"The addition of whole-wheat flour to these buttery noodles pumps up the nutrition and fiber of this special side dish." Paula Young - Tiffin, Ohio
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