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Healthy Cooking Side Dishes

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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
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Carrot 'N' Celery Amandine

Carrot 'N' Celery Amandine

Carrot 'N' Celery Amandine

"When I prepare a rather plain entree like baked chicken for dinner, I try to make an interesting side dish like this one," writes Carol Gaus of Itasca, Illinois. "The crisp-tender veggies, seasoned with soy sauce and garlic, get added crunch from the toasted almonds.

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

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.”
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Vegetable Spiral Sticks

Vegetable Spiral Sticks

Vegetable Spiral Sticks

"I love to serve these savory wrapped vegetable sticks for parties or special occasions," remarks Teri Albrecht, Mt. Airy, Maryland. "They're an easy impressive appetizer."

Pasta Shells with Herbs

Pasta Shells with Herbs

Pasta Shells with Herbs

"I grow my own herbs, and this dish showcases them perfectly," says Marilyn Pozzo from Salmo, British Columbia. "Red pepper slices and a sprinkling of parsley dress up the pasta shells in a simple yet eye-pleasing way. My husband and our three young children enjoy this on the side with grilled pork, bee, chicken and fish."

Roasted Veggies

Roasted Veggies

Roasted Veggies

Round out any meal with the natural sweetness of these quick and easy roasted vegetables. "Whole grape tomatoes, onions, peppers, green beans, halved Brussels sprouts and whole cloves of garlic also make delicious additions. Toss with chopped fresh herbs and drizzle with balsamic vinegar or shake on grated Parmesan cheese." Paula Young - Tiffin, Ohio

Veggie Black Bean Stew

Veggie Black Bean Stew

Veggie Black Bean Stew

The flavors in this stew work so well together that you'll never miss the meat. Cilantro, honey and garlic are an ideal matche for the black beans and fresh vegetables. —Marilyn Waters of Outing, Minnesota

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.

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

Gingered Cucumber-Carrot Salad

Gingered Cucumber-Carrot Salad

Gingered Cucumber-Carrot Salad

“This delicious salad with vegetables and ginger is quick, easy and a little different from the usual tossed greens,” promises Alexandra Armitage of Nottingham, New Hampshire.

Light Rosemary Rice

Light Rosemary Rice

Light Rosemary Rice

This quick rice dish is a favorite with my family. It's low in fat because it gets it's flavor from herbs, not butter. -Connie Regalado of El Paso, Texas
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