Healthy Cooking Side Dishes

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Homemade Pasta

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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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."

Sweet Potato Dippers

Sweet Potato Dippers

Sweet Potato Dippers

A savory and creamy dipping sauce accents the delicious flavor of tender sweet potato slices. Leftover sauce can be served with crackers. Cheryl Maczko - Arthurdale, West Virginia

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."

Snapper with Vegetable Medley

Snapper with Vegetable Medley

Snapper with Vegetable Medley

Here are three savory items from one recipe. It's my typical Friday dinner when a quick delicious meal is the order of the day. The herbed rice perfectly complements the colorful veggie stir-fry and tender fish fillets. -Mary Ann Palestino of Brooklyn of New York

Summer Garden Medley

Summer Garden Medley

Summer Garden Medley

"This colorful side dish brings back sweet memories of the corn-and-tomato dish my mother often prepared int the summer," pens Elaine Nelson, Fresno, California. "Farmers in our area supply us with delicious eggplant...so I sometimes substitute them for the zucchini in veggie recipes like this one."

Creamy Skillet Potatoes

Creamy Skillet Potatoes

Creamy Skillet Potatoes

An envelope of ranch salad dressing mix perks up these saucy potatoes prepared on the stovetop. It's a great side dish with almost any meal. --Denise Pritchard of Seminole, Oklahoma.

Cajun Spiced Broccoli

Cajun Spiced Broccoli

Cajun Spiced Broccoli

I usually make this minus the Creole seasoning, but a few weeks ago, I decided to try adding a different spice just to see what would happen. I loved it! It's garlicy, spicy and crunchy! —Krista Frank, Krista Frank, Rhododendron, Oregon

Green Beans 'n' Celery

Green Beans 'n' Celery

Green Beans 'n' Celery

Marian Platt of Sequim, Washington dresses up crisp-tender green beans with celery, pimiento, Parmesan cheese and sunflower kernels. This quick side makes a nice complement to any entree, particularly Italian dishes.

Makeover Patrician Potatoes

Makeover Patrician Potatoes

Makeover Patrician Potatoes

The Thanksgiving table just isn’t complete without a steaming side of mashed potatoes. This makeover transformed high-fat Patrician Potatoes into a light side that still tastes decadent.

Vegetable Focaccia

Vegetable Focaccia

Vegetable Focaccia

"This popular recipe began as herb focaccia but gradually came to include our favorite vegetables," writes Michele Fairchok of Throop, Pennsylvania. "There's no cheese because my husband can't have dairy products. But some people who try it think it has cheese anyway!"

Green Beans with Red Peppers

Green Beans with Red Peppers

Green Beans with Red Peppers

"Balsamic vinegar adds zing to these colorful sauteed veggies that cook in a flash," says Chris Kallies of Oldsmar, Florida. "Trim the beans and julienne the pepper ahead to make this dish in a snap at the last minute."
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