Healthy Side Dishes

Just because it's healthy doesn't mean it can't taste good. These recipes rate high on flavor and low on cholesterol and fat.


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Brown Rice Pilaf
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Brown Rice Pilaf

    Shredded carrot adds a slight sweetness and a splash of color to this brown rice pilaf. Use fresh mushrooms, such as shiitake, chanterelle, or porcini, for a more exotic dish.

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Cheddar-Polenta Puff

    With an airy, souffle-like texture, this side dish works as well for dinner as it does for brunch. Extra-sharp cheddar cheese gives an extra-rich flavor to this puff.

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Zucchini Bread Pudding

    Serve this veggie-filled casserole as a meat-free dish for dinner or brunch.

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Blue Cheese-Stuffed Summer Squash

    Wondering what to do with that bumper crop of summer squash or zucchini? Make these sophisticated squash boats that are loaded with a piquant blue cheese and sour cream filling and sprinkled with walnuts.

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Grilled French Bread

    You have absolutely no need to turn on your oven with this easy way to serve warm, crusty French bread seasoned with parsley, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and ground red pepper.

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Herbed Corn Bread Dressing

    Use olive oil instead of butter when making the corn bread for this dressing. This will cut back on the saturated fat and add the flavor of the oil.

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Can't-Be-Beat Cranberry Relish

    Fresh fennel adds a captivating licorice-like flavor and lots of crunch to this festive condiment.

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Lemony Mixed Vegetables

    Be creative with seasonings! The inspired combination of coriander, oregano, and lemon peel adds character to this colorful vegetable side dish.

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Vegetable Primavera

    The Italian word "primavera" refers to the use of fresh vegetables, like the squash, carrots, red pepper, and broccoli that create this culinary kaleidoscope.

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Oven-Roasted Vegetables

    Roasting autumn vegetables in walnut oil and balsamic vinegar caramelizes their natural sugar and creates a delicious and vitamin-rich side dish.

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Fresh Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole

    By relying on a slimmed-down white sauce and a toasty whole-grain topper, this creamy green bean take-along keeps fat and sodium in check.

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Green Bean Casserole

    Bread crumbs with tender, sweet onion top this casserole instead of the traditional high-fat fried onion rings.

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Curried Carrot Spread

    Wow! This carrot spread packs a lot of flavor into each bite. Colorful as well as delicious, it looks great on your appetizer table.

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Orange-Ginger Carrots

    Orange juice, ginger, and honey take the "ho-hum" out of ordinary cooked carrots. Serve these vegetables along with grilled chicken breasts and crunchy breadsticks.

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Southern Succotash

    Fresh green beans add a summertime spin to this old-fashioned lima bean and corn classic.

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Rosemary Potatoes and Tomatoes

    Greek olives and olive oil, which browns and crisps the potatoes, add monounsaturated fat -- great for heart health.

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Polenta with Tomato-Mushroom Sauce

    Asiago cheese is a semifirm, Italian cheese that lends a rich nutty flavor to this polenta topped with a fresh-flavored tomato sauce.

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Red Beans and Rice

    Sauteed "trinity" (onions, celery, and bell pepper) and Creole seasoning make these beans taste like they were simmered all day.

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