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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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“These peppers stuffed with quinoa taste yummy,” Anna Engle proclaims from Streetsboro, Ohio. “My family and I enjoy them regularly, and I always look forward to leftovers.”
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Grilled Zucchini with Onions

Grilled Zucchini with Onions

Grilled Zucchini with Onions

Wondering what to do with all of your vegetable garden zucchini? Tired of the same old bread and cupcakes? My grill recipe is a great change of pace with the added bonus of being healthy.

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

From Desert Hot Springs, California, Marian Ridgeway writes, “My neighbor and I used to have a friendly competition for that first ripe tomato! This side dish with orzo is always a favorite.”

Parmesan Vegetable Rice

Parmesan Vegetable Rice

Parmesan Vegetable Rice

With its red tomatoes and green pepper, this healthful rice dish from Nola Nielsen in Darien, Illinois is colorful enough to serve during the holidays, she says. “But I make it whenever I want a special rice dish any time of year at all!”
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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

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

Tomato-Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

Tomato-Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

Tomato-Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta

"With fresh mushrooms, plum tomatoes and herbs to spice up its flavor, this dish tastes like summertime to me," says Jacqueline Graves of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Chock-full of garden goodness, the chunky sauce cooks up quickly, too.

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Be sure to leave room on the plate for light and creamy casserole. It's dressed up with green onions and melted cheddar cheese and gets its rich texture from the addition of reduced-fat sour cream. Donna Noel - Gray, Maine

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

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

Sweet Peas Parma for 2

Sweet Peas Parma  for 2

Sweet Peas Parma for 2

“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

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."
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