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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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A quick side, this fresh-tasting dish is a good pair with salmon. The toasted sesame seeds really bring out the flavor. —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan
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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.

Gingered Squash Saute

Gingered Squash Saute

Gingered Squash Saute

This vibrant veggies saute puts summer's bounty in the spot light. "The recipe comes from a 20-year-old cookbook, but I still use it, especially when produce from our garden is plentiful," Ruth Andrewson notes from Peck, Idaho.

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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Makeover Noodle Kugel

Makeover Noodle Kugel

Makeover Noodle Kugel

We think you'll feel good about serving this fabulous brunch dish, now that it's lower in saturated fat by 8 g and in cholesterol by 115 mg. —Cathy Tang, Redmond, Washington

Greek Orzo and Broccoli

Greek Orzo and Broccoli

Greek Orzo and Broccoli

This yummy recipe from Lillian Justis of Belleplain, New Jersey will be a welcome treat at dinnertime. The warm side dish delivers strong feta and olive flavors while red pepper flakes add a little spice.

Vegetables in Dill Sauce

Vegetables in Dill Sauce

Vegetables in Dill Sauce

“This recipe is ideal for using up vegetables from your garden,” writes Edie DeSpain from Logan, Utah. “It’s a great side dish for grilled chicken. Enjoy!”

Chipotle Sweet Potato and Spiced Apple Purees

Chipotle Sweet Potato and Spiced Apple Purees

Chipotle Sweet Potato and Spiced Apple Purees

I used to make this dish with lots of butter, brown sugar and cream. I slimmed it down and this low-fat version is just as delicious-my family loves it,” writes Shannon Abdollmohammadi from Woodinville, Washington.

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

Roasted Root Veggies

Roasted Root Veggies

Roasted Root Veggies

Baking root vegetables in the oven instead of steaming them in the microwave makes them especially tender. Plus, they give my house a wonderful aroma.—Rebecca Dornfeld, Grass Lake, Michigan

Broccoli Brown Rice Pilaf

Broccoli Brown Rice Pilaf

Broccoli Brown Rice Pilaf

This is one of my favorite low-fat dishes—it's delicious! Rosemary, garlic, almonds and sunflower kernels flavor the broccoli and rice. Sometimes I add cooked cubed chicken for a complete meal. —Mari Condit of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

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.
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