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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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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!”

Herbed Butternut Squash

Herbed Butternut Squash

Herbed Butternut Squash

This is just one of many ways we prepare butternut squash—it’s a winter staple in our house. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California

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!"
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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

Contest-Winning Sweet Potato Casserole

Contest-Winning Sweet Potato Casserole

Contest-Winning Sweet Potato Casserole

I am always looking for ways to use our abundant sweet potatoes. This casserole recipe is my own creation that I have made many times. I take it to family potlucks; it never fails to bring compliments! —Kathy Rairigh, Milford, Indiana

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."

Spanish Potatoes

Spanish Potatoes

Spanish Potatoes

I keep my kitchen stocked with fruits and vegetables. Potatoes are great to have on hand because they're nutritious and low in fat. Oregano seasons this side dish dressed up with onions, peppers and tomatoes. —Connie Thomas of Jensen, Utah

Low-Sodium Red Cabbage with Apples

Low-Sodium Red Cabbage with Apples

Low-Sodium Red Cabbage with Apples

Looking for a tasty, lower-in-sodium alternative to sauerkraut to serve with pork entrees? Try this colorful side dish with the slightly sweet flavor of apples. Michelle Dougherty - Lewiston, Idaho

Spruced-Up Sprouts

Spruced-Up Sprouts

Spruced-Up Sprouts

“Crunchy chestnuts and earthy thyme stand up beautifully to tasty brussels sprouts.” They're buttery and delicious, and go great with just about any chicken dish. Agnes Ward - Stratford, Ontario

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

From Desert Hot Springs, California, Marian Ridgeway writes, “My neighbor and I used to have a friendly competition for that first ripe tomato! This side dish with orzo is always a favorite.”

Creamy Spinach Pasta

Creamy Spinach Pasta

Creamy Spinach Pasta

Our Test Kitchen tossed tender tube pasta with fresh spinach, onion, blue cheese and chicken broth to create this aromatic entree. A sprinkling of toasted honey pecans tops it all with a touch of sweetness.
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