Healthy Cooking Side Dishes

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Tarragon-Almond Green Beans

Tarragon-Almond Green Beans

Tarragon-Almond Green Beans

A hint of balsamic vinegar gives a fresh taste to this simple side shared by Glenda Malan. "Sliced almonds dress up green beans tastefully when company's coming," she relates from Lake Forest, California. "I can't think of an entree this dish doesn't complement."

Pepper Squash Saute

Pepper Squash Saute

Pepper Squash Saute

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe from Janice McCloskey in Howard, Pennsylvania. "I often double it because it’s so good reheated later in the week," she explains.

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

In Bryan, Texas, Erin Littlefield saves herself the trouble of husking those ears of sweet corn she brings to family picnics and get-togethers with this scrumptious grilling technique. “My husband came up with the sweet and spicy glaze,“ she confides. “It tastes really good, looks beautiful with the flecks of red pepper and requires much less butter than folks generally use.“

Roasted Root Veggies

Roasted Root Veggies

Roasted Root Veggies

Baking root vegetables in the oven instead of steaming them in the microwave makes them especially tender. Plus, they give my house a wonderful aroma.—Rebecca Dornfeld, Grass Lake, Michigan

Lemon Pecan Pilaf

Lemon Pecan Pilaf

Lemon Pecan Pilaf

Grated lemon peel brings delicate flavor to this rice side dish while pecans add a satisfying crunch. Cindie Ekstrand of Duarte, California sent the recipe for this crowd-pleaser that can be quickly prepared. "My sister gave me the recipe," she writes. "It's easy to make and very tasty."

Snow Pea Medley

Snow Pea Medley

Snow Pea Medley

Even in frosty weather, Lucille Mead of Ilion, New York serves up garden-fresh flavor with this pretty, colorful side dish. The crisp-tender veggie combo goes with a variety of entrees and is ready in minutes.

Tomato-Walnut Pesto on Linguine

Tomato-Walnut Pesto on Linguine

Tomato-Walnut Pesto on Linguine

Our Test Kitchen uses sun-dried tomatoes to make this tangy alternative to traditional pesto. Walnuts lend an appealing nutty flavor to this stand-out dish.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Bacon lends a wonderful salty flavor while balsamic vinegar adds a hint of spicy tang. Who knew Brussels sprouts could taste so good? Paula Young -Tiffin, Ohio

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

Green Beans Provence

Green Beans Provence

Green Beans Provence

Crisp-tender green beans are paired with tomatoes for a colorful and nutritious side. Dressed with fresh basil and just enough vinegar to add a bit of tang, this side compliments most any entree. Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

Rosemary-Thyme Potatoes

Rosemary-Thyme Potatoes

Rosemary-Thyme Potatoes

I love making potato dishes to serve alongside my favorite entrees. Everyone will fall in love with these tender spuds that are perfectly seasoned with rosemary and thyme. —Cathy Brandner, Pierre, South Dakota
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