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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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Snappy Peas and Carrots

Snappy Peas and Carrots

Snappy Peas and Carrots

This brightly colored veggie side was stirred up by our home economists. It goes well with the peppery tenderloin.

Crunchy Yam Bake

Crunchy Yam Bake

Crunchy Yam Bake

This is one of my favorite recipes. The yummy yams are the perfect complement to a holiday ham or turkey and ideal for impressing a potluck crowd. –Marian Moreman of Canyon Country, California

Grilled Vegetable Potato Skins

Grilled Vegetable Potato Skins

Grilled Vegetable Potato Skins

People just love these stuffed spuds int the summer as an alternative to heavier grilled fare. Topped with a colorful vegetable medley, the tender potato skins are light yet satisfying. —Karen Hemminger of Mansfield, Massachusetts
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Sweet-Sour Kidney Beans

Sweet-Sour Kidney Beans

Sweet-Sour Kidney Beans

"You can substitute a variety of beans—such as soybeans, pinto or navy beans—in this versatile dish," suggests Elizabeth Bowen of Harbor Beach, Michigan. "It's a healthy and tasty alternative to sweet-and-sour pork or chicken," she adds. "I like to serve it over brown rice."

Vegetable Medley Side Dish

Vegetable Medley Side Dish

Vegetable Medley Side Dish

“My sister-in-law served this healthy vegetable dish to my husband and I,” writes Betty Kleberger of Florissant, Missouri. “We liked it so much she gave me the recipe, and now I serve it in my home.”

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

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

My sister-in-law, who is a dietitian, shared this recipe with me. Buttermilk and garlic flavor these smooth mashed potatoes that are better for you than typical versions that include lots of butter. —Stephanie Bremson of Kansas City, Missouri

Garlic Thyme Potatoes

Garlic Thyme Potatoes

Garlic Thyme Potatoes

Small red potatoes, partially peeled, make an eye-catching presentation in this simple side dish from our Test Kitchen. The potatoes are steamed, then tossed with oil and a flavorful combination of thyme and lemon peel.

White Beans with Rigatoni

White Beans with Rigatoni

White Beans with Rigatoni

"My husband and I are fans of canned beans...especially when they're combined with pasta," shares Carol Gaus of Itasca, Illinois. "This quick-to-fix recipe makes a wonderful after-work meal served with whole wheat rolls and a salad with light vinaigrette dressing."

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

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
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