Delicious & Easy Healthy Side Dish Recipes

Why not enjoy a meal that is full of tradition but light on guilt? These soups, salads, and vegetable dishes will please the whole family while helping you maintain a heart-healthy eating plan.

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Heart-Healthy Cheesy Potatoes
Heart-Healthy Cheesy Potatoes

    Thanks to reduced-fat versions of milk, cream, and cheese plus crushed cornflakes, a familiar potato dish stays on the menu, still full of creamy flavor and crunch.

Pepper-Corn Chowder

    A creamy soup of corn and peppers will warm any table. Our recipe makes six heart-healthy (and delicious) servings.

Lemon Veggie Couscous

    Couscous gains flavor with chopped zucchini and sweet peppers, salt and pepper, and a fragrant lemon zest.

Cilantro Three-Bean Salad

    Fresh cilantro and spicy peppers dress this chilled salad of plump garbanzo, white, and lima beans. It's a pleasing complement to warm side dishes, such as mashed potatoes.

Flaxseed Breadsticks

    Heart-healthy flaxseed and rye combine in these light and tasty breadsticks you can prep and bake in about 30 minutes. With no cholesterol, they're a guilt-free side to complement a variety of main dishes.

5-Tomato Salad

    The bright colors in this salad make it a festive addition to any occasion. Red and yellow tomatoes are also high in vitamins A, C, and E.

    Tip: Studies indicate that organic tomatoes may contain more antioxidants. To keep them fresh, refrigerate after cutting.

Orange-Sauced Broccoli & Peppers

    Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C. Four ingredients in this recipe make the list of Cleveland Clinic's top 40 power foods. Serve this as a side dish or spoon over rice for a quick, vegetarian main dish.

Sesame Asparagus

    Simple to prepare and delicious to eat, asparagus can be enjoyed with the lightest of flavorful toppings. It's also full of vitamin B6, which may help lower the risk of heart disease.

Red Pepper and Fennel Soup

    Velvety with a sweet-nutty flavor from the pepper and fennel, this orange-red soup is a beautiful way to complete a menu (with less than 100 calories per serving, too!

Pear Walnut Salad

    Sweet-spicy scents come to the table in this low-sodium salad, along with crisp crunch and a bit of protein thanks to the walnuts.

Baked Mashed Potatoes

    Cooking the potatoes for this buttermilk-whipped classic in the oven frees the stovetop for your main dishes.

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

    Loaded with vitamins K, C, and A plus folate and fiber, Brussels sprouts are a good-for-you addition to the table. Surprise your guests with this recipe's light-sweet caramelized glaze and nutty finish.

Barley-Vegetable Soup

    Simmering this classic, fiber-rich soup in a slow cooker lessens the burden on the stovetop. A cup of soup takes the edge off a ravenous appetite, making you more likely to be sated by small portions of richer foods.

Spinach with Sweet Red Onion

    Green salads, dished from a deep bowl or individually plated, should be a menu staple. This one features deep green, nutrient-rich spinach joining zippy red onion in a sweet dressing.

Garlic-Herb Mushrooms

    Choose your favorite mushrooms, toss, and saute with salt, pepper, and a hearty mix of herbs. Their earthy-nutty taste requires less than 30 minutes of your time and calls for just seven ingredients.

Sweet Potatoes with Orange and Ginger

    Chopped pecans and crystallized ginger add crunch to this classic sweet-savory dish. You'll love the tangy sweetness that comes from orange juice and brown sugar as well.

Carrots with Grape and Port Glaze

    Wild grape port jelly -- you can substitute grape jelly and port wine -- gives this pretty carrot dish an appealing flavor depth that's a nice complement to other side dishes.

Mandarin Orange Salad

    Dry mustard's tang is a pleasing complement to the sweet oranges and berries in this salad. Stock the ingredients for this salad and make it again to enjoy with leftovers.

Braised Parsnips, Squash, and Cranberries

    Aromatic thyme flavors this vegetable medley, which includes wedges of amber squash, cubes of peppery parsnip, and tart-round ruby cranberries.

Chili Bean-Stuffed Peppers

    Prep a pepper, stuff in a few ingredients, and relax while your side dish cooks in a slow cooker.

Baked Penne Florentine

    Chopped spinach, onion, garlic, and cashews mingle in this warm side dish. Beans add protein to help this pasta favorite become more than just a table dressing.

Wheat Berry Salad

    Apples and apricots, spinach and onions, chewy-nutty wheat berries . all crowd a bowl with so much flavor and nutrients -- and 12 grams of fiber -- that you'll get your money's worth with this side dish.

Cabbage and Fennel Slaw

    Dressed in a light mustardy dressing, this is yet another fragrant, cool-crisp textured side for your meal. The flavor? Light and nutty.

Super Bean Vegetarian Chili

    This fast and simple chili is loaded with soluble fiber to lower cholesterol. It takes one dish to make and minutes to gobble up.

Cheesy Potatoes and Leeks

    This hot, cheesy potato dish serves six and satisfies with ham and leeks atop new baby potatoes. It needs a 350-degree oven; consider cooking it at the same time as the night's main dish.

Carrot, Fruit, and Spinach Salad

    Long shreds of sweet-crisp carrots join raisins, mango, pineapple, and pecans over spinach for a composed salad that gives your menu a tropical and exceptionally healthful bent.

Sweet Potato Fries

    One of our most popular recipes, these sweet potato fries are light on calories (and have zero cholesterol), plus they taste great!

Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese, and Fennel Salad

    Chopped walnuts, fennel, and goat cheese tingle the taste buds in this high-fiber accompaniment to a hearty meal.

Spring Peas Risotto

    Add the broth slowly to the rice in this nutrient-rich Italian classic side dish to help the rice cook up extra creamy.

New Potatoes with Crab Salad

    The potatoes in this recipe should be cooked until just tender so they'll hold their shape after they're hollowed out and filled with creamy dressing, crab meat, and spices.

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