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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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When my mom and sister developed several food allergies, we had to modify many recipes. I substituted quinoa for couscous in this tabouleh. Now we make it all the time! —Jennifer Klann, Corbett, Oregon
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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

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

Heirloom Tomato Tart

Heirloom Tomato Tart

Heirloom Tomato Tart

Here's a delicious way to use the tomato bounty from your garden or the great buys from the local farmers' market. If you don't have heirloom tomatoes, try regular tomatoes with grape or plum tomatoes. —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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!

Asian Asparagus

Asian Asparagus

Asian Asparagus

I don't mask tastes with heavy sauces, and I use oils sparingly. This is an easy-to-fix stir-fry offers a delightful garlic-orange sauce that keeps the spotlight on the vegetables.—Lee Ann Odell, Erie , Colorado

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

Vegetable Slaw

Vegetable Slaw

Vegetable Slaw

We've nicknamed this crunchy salad "Christmas slaw" because of its pretty mix of red and green vegetables. But it's tasty any time. It's great light lunch when stuffed into a whole wheat pita. -Julie Copenhayer of Morganton, North Carolina

Light Three-Bean Casserole

Light Three-Bean Casserole

Light Three-Bean Casserole

"This recipe came from a family reunion of mostly Mennonites. It is over 30 years old," Jane Bone shares from Cape Coral, Florida. "You can choose different beans, according to your family's tastes, but keep the pork and beans as a base. I often take a big pot of these to large gatherings or pitch-in-suppers, and everyone enjoys them."

Brown Rice 'n' Apple Stuffed Turkey

Brown Rice 'n' Apple Stuffed Turkey

Brown Rice 'n' Apple Stuffed Turkey

Mouthwatering flavors of autumn permeate this lovely stuffing concocted by our Test Kitchen home economists. Apple bits and plump raisins add fruity flavor to the brown rice.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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.

Tomato-Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

Tomato-Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

Tomato-Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

"With fresh mushrooms, plum tomatoes and herbs to spice up its flavor, this dish tastes like summertime to me," says Jacqueline Graves of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Chock-full of garden goodness, the chunky sauce cooks up quickly, too.
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