Healthy Cooking Side Dishes

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Steamed Vegetable Ribbons

Steamed Vegetable Ribbons

Steamed Vegetable Ribbons

These extra-thin slices of zucchini and carrot add a pretty touch to a dinner, place, confirms our Test Kitchen staff.

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

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.

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

Meatless Hopping John

Meatless Hopping John

Meatless Hopping John

"I traditionally make this black-eyed pea dish for New Year's celebrations," notes Ann Buckendahl of Benton, Kansas. "This version has more seasonings and veggies than the classic Southern dish."

Creamy Spinach Pasta

Creamy Spinach Pasta

Creamy Spinach Pasta

Our Test Kitchen tossed tender tube pasta with fresh spinach, onion, blue cheese and chicken broth to create this aromatic entree. A sprinkling of toasted honey pecans tops it all with a touch of sweetness.

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."

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

Asian Asparagus

Asian Asparagus

Asian Asparagus

I don't mask tastes with heavy sauces, and I use oils sparingly. This is an easy-to-fix stir-fry offers a delightful garlic-orange sauce that keeps the spotlight on the vegetables.—Lee Ann Odell, Erie , Colorado

Southwestern Bean and Rice Salad

Southwestern Bean and Rice Salad

Southwestern Bean and Rice Salad

"We enjoy fajitas and tacos, but finding a good side dish to go with them wasn't easy...until this recipe came along," writes Stephenie Liston of Ankeny, Iowa.

Kidney Bean Sausage Supper

Kidney Bean Sausage Supper

Kidney Bean Sausage Supper

I'm always looking for nutritious and tasty meals that do not take a lot to time to prepare," says Carol Strong Battle of Hearthsville, Virginia. "I created this bean and sausage dish by combining ingredients I happened to have on hand. I makes a filling and satisfying supper."
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