Fresh Tomato Salsa
When prepared with vine-ripened tomatoes and other peak produce, it's easy to taste why this simple, uncooked salsa is in high demand. You can make it as hot as you like, depending on the type and quantity of peppers you use.
Zucchini Bread Pudding
Serve this veggie-filled casserole as a meat-free dish for dinner or brunch. Although it's rich and inviting, this cheesy side dish will fit into your diabetic meal plan because it's made with fat-free milk and refrigerated egg product.
Blue Cheese Stuffed Summer Squash
Piquant blue cheese and sour cream filling does contain fat, but the cheese has such big flavor, you only need a little bit in this Blue Cheese Stuffed Summer Squash. Top it off with a dusting of crunchy walnuts.
Scrumptious squash, carrots, red pepper, and broccoli combine to create a festival of colors in this mustard-seasoned medley.
Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish: 20 mins
Cilantro Tabbouleh with Cranberries
Kick up the fiber in your diet with the chewy bulgur in this tangy Cilantro Tabbouleh with Cranberries salad. The bran on the bulgur gives this dish a wonderful chewiness.
Rosemary Potatoes and Tomatoes
Greek olives and olive oil, which browns and crisps the potatoes, add monounsaturated fat to these Rosemary Potatoes and Tomatoes -- great for heart health.
Pecan Cranberry Salad
Low-calorie gelatin thickens, but doesn't set, this tangy Pecan Cranberry Relish. If you like, serve this salad as a relish with roasted turkey or pork.
Haricots verts are just thin French green beans to use in this Southern Succotash. Fresh green beans add a summertime spin to this old-fashioned lima bean-and-corn classic.
Green Bean Casserole
Bread crumbs with tender, sweet onion top this casserole instead of the traditional high-fat fried onion rings. Pimiento adds delightful color and flavor.
Makes: 5 servings
Prep: 15 mins
Bake: 25 mins to 30 mins 350°F
Lemony Mixed Vegetables
The inspired combination of coriander, oregano, and lemon peel adds character to this colorful vegetable side dish. Be creative with seasonings!
Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 18 mins
Red Beans and Rice
Using brown instead of white rice adds even more fiber to these Red Beans and Rice. Skip the salt when cooking the rice to keep the sodium low -- you'll never miss it.
Herbed Corn Bread Dressing
Chock-full of herbs, garlic, and onions, this dressing is very flavorful. Use oil instead of butter in your favorite corn bread recipe or mix or this Herbed Corn Bread Dressing.
Fresh Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole
A toasty whole-grain topper replaces the traditional fried onion rings in this Fresh Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole, keeping fat and sodium in check.
Makes: 10 servings
Yield: 10 (1/2 cup) side-dish servings
Prep: 20 mins
Bake: 25 mins 375°F
Black-Eyed Peas and Ham
Served on New Year's Day down South, Black-Eyed Peas and Ham are said to bring good health and good luck in the new year. As a fiber-rich legume, black-eyed peas are a tasty way to boost the fiber in your meal plan -- any day.
Orange juice, ginger, and honey add zest to this carrot recipe. Consider keeping fresh ginger on hand to add a last-minute kicky flavor to vegetables. The knobby, tan root stays fresh in the refrigerator for at least a week. It also can be frozen for up to two months.
Makes: 4 servings
Yield: four 3/4-cup servings
Start to Finish: 10 mins
Can't-Be-Beat Cranberry Relish
Fresh fennel adds a captivating licorice-like flavor and lots of crunch to this festive Can't-Be-Beat Cranberry Relish.