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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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You don't need a fancy pasta maker for this homemade treat. Try your hand at fresh pasta with this easy-to-work-with dough. The spinach gives it a nice color without overpowering the flavor. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
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Spinach and Garbanzo Skillet

Spinach and Garbanzo Skillet

Spinach and Garbanzo Skillet

Whipped up by our Test Kitchen, this colorful combination of beans, summer squash, tomatoes and spinach makes a bright addition to any meal. Topped with roasted almonds and served warm, this tasty side dish is sure to be requested often!

Spaghetti Squash Medley

Spaghetti Squash Medley

Spaghetti Squash Medley

"We raise spaghetti squash in our garden, and I enjoy coming up with different ways to use it," writes Wanda Ivan of Salina, Kansas. "We like the colorful mix of tomatoes, carrot, broccoli and snow peas in this microwave dish."

Cheesy Chive Potatoes

Cheesy Chive Potatoes

Cheesy Chive Potatoes

These potatoes are a speedy side dish that complements most any entree. Feta cheese adds a rich zesty flavor. A neighbor supplies me with garden-fresh chives, but you can use frozen or dried chives for more convenience.—Jean Komlos, Plymouth, Michigan
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Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

Cranberry Cornmeal Dressing

This moist dressing is perfect when paired with poultry or even pork. The sweet-tart flavor of the dried cranberries really complements the dish's turkey sausage. —Corinne Portteus, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sweet Peas Parma

Sweet Peas Parma

Sweet Peas Parma

“This is a simple side with delicious Italian flavors.” Peas get dressed up for dinner with just a few easy additions. Don't skip this one! Jill Anderson - Sleepy Eye, Minnesota

Brunch Risotto

Brunch Risotto

Brunch Risotto

“This light, flavorful and inexpensive risotto makes a surprising addition to a traditional brunch menu,” writes Jennifer Dines of Brighton, Massachusetts. “It's gotten lots of compliments from my friends,” she adds.

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.

Dilled Carrots & Green Beans

Dilled Carrots & Green Beans

Dilled Carrots & Green Beans

“I never ate carrots before this, but this is a hit with my family and me. It’s great for entertaining, too.” Harriett Lee - Glasgow, MT

Santa Fe Corn on the Cob

Santa Fe Corn on the Cob

Santa Fe Corn on the Cob

"Corn is my all-time favorite food, and this is the best way I've fount to fix it," Laurie Meaike writes from Audubon, Iowa. "The zesty grilling sauce has Southwestern flair, but it's not too hot or spicy. My family loves corn served this way.

Ginger Broccoli Stir-Fry

Ginger Broccoli Stir-Fry

Ginger Broccoli Stir-Fry

Are you looking for an appetizing way to enhance a nutritious vegetable? Try this eye-catching stir-fry from Marie Rossey of Creston, Ohio. The broccoli keeps its bright color and crispness, while ginger and soy sauce help to spice it up nicely.

Sesame Seed Citrus Noodles

Sesame Seed Citrus Noodles

Sesame Seed Citrus Noodles

I made this easy bu elegant weeknight recipe often. The noodles have a wonderful citrus tang with a hint of basil and a bit of crunch form the toasted sesame seeds.
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