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Healthy Cooking Side Dishes

Find Healthy Cooking Magazine side dishes for a healthy and light addition to your meal. Get side dish recipes from our Healthy Cooking Magazine.

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“The delicious combination of roasted garlic, rosemary and potatoes will make your whole house smell wonderful,” Sally Ridenour attests from Salem, Oregon. “Try this dish with grilled steak or roasted chicken.”
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Summer Squash and Zucchini Side Dish

Summer Squash and Zucchini Side Dish

Summer Squash and Zucchini Side Dish

“I’m trying to cut my risk for cardiac disease by changing the way I eat,” explains Marlene Agnelly from her Ocean Springs, Mississippi home. Her colorful side dish is packed with as much nutrition as fresh-picked flavor!

Lemon Pecan Pilaf

Lemon Pecan Pilaf

Lemon Pecan Pilaf

Grated lemon peel brings delicate flavor to this rice side dish while pecans add a satisfying crunch. Cindie Ekstrand of Duarte, California sent the recipe for this crowd-pleaser that can be quickly prepared. "My sister gave me the recipe," she writes. "It's easy to make and very tasty."

Easy Honey Mustard Carrots

Easy Honey Mustard Carrots

Easy Honey Mustard Carrots

Wonderful color and flavor make fresh carrots a standout side dish. Trisha Kruse - Eagle, Idaho
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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

Fire and Ice Tomatoes

Fire and Ice Tomatoes

Fire and Ice Tomatoes

You won't miss the salt in this refreshing tomato salad! It's well-seasoned with cayenne pepper, mustard seed and vinegar but not the least bit spicy. This dish is always a hit at potlucks. —Nan Rickey, Yuma, Arizona

Broccoli With Orange Cream

Broccoli With Orange Cream

Broccoli With Orange Cream

I received the recipe for this broccoli side dish from a good friend in North Carolina. I like to use fresh thyme from my herb garden. The cream orange sauce is even better than hollandaise. —Kathy Samuelson of Omaha, Nebraska

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Be sure to leave room on the plate for light and creamy casserole. It's dressed up with green onions and melted cheddar cheese and gets its rich texture from the addition of reduced-fat sour cream. Donna Noel - Gray, Maine

Green Beans with Red Peppers

Green Beans with Red Peppers

Green Beans with Red Peppers

"Balsamic vinegar adds zing to these colorful sauteed veggies that cook in a flash," says Chris Kallies of Oldsmar, Florida. "Trim the beans and julienne the pepper ahead to make this dish in a snap at the last minute."

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

Zesty Garlic Green Beans

Zesty Garlic Green Beans

Zesty Garlic Green Beans

These green beans travel so well because they can either be served at room temperature or reheated at the party. —Christine Bergman, Suwanee, Georgia

Green Beans 'n' Celery

Green Beans 'n' Celery

Green Beans 'n' Celery

Marian Platt of Sequim, Washington dresses up crisp-tender green beans with celery, pimiento, Parmesan cheese and sunflower kernels. This quick side makes a nice complement to any entree, particularly Italian dishes.
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