Heart-Healthy Side Dishes

Barely Roasted Purple Vegetables
Just because it's healthy doesn't mean it can't taste good. From colorful roasted veggies to swirly carrot soup, these healthy side dish recipes rate high in flavor and low in cholesterol and fat -- and they are all fewer than 250 calories per serving! Now that's something worth digging into.

Za'atar Rice Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers not only look pretty, but also make the perfect healthy side dish. Go sweet with yellow peppers, filling them with rice, beans, cucumbers, and a spoonful of yogurt. Be sure to rinse beans as directed to limit sodium sneaking in.

Honey-Butter Turnips

Roasting turnips brings out their sweetness, which we accentuate with naturally sweet honey. Just five simple ingredients result in a roasted veggie side dish that looks elegant and sophisticated. 

Beet, Fennel, and Apple Slaw

Knock out multiple servings of fruits and vegetables in one side dish! This fiber-filled salad recipe is full of nutrients and flavor without adding lots of salt. Each serving is 114 calories with 5 g of healthy fat, zero cholesterol, and only 100 mg sodium.

Chile-Lime Roasted Vegetables

Veggies aren't usually Instagram-worthy, but for this pop of color we'll make an exception. Coat and roast vibrant peppers, turnips, and all your favorite veggies in chili pepper and lime for one hot and healthy side dish. 

Panko Roasted Asparagus

There's more to this asparagus than meets the eye. The secret: light mayo, Dijon mustard, and a squeeze of lemon. This stuff is lip-smacking good.

Mashed Root Vegetables with Parmesan

Good-bye, boxed stuff. Hello, homemade goodness! This recipe gets to the root of things with parsnips, rutabaga, carrots, and of course, potatoes. Use fat-free milk to cream it up.

Easy Fiesta Rice

Filled with color and crunch, it's no wonder this 7-ingredient rice is party-worthy. Dried cranberries add unexpected natural sweetness.

Melty Tiny Tomatoes

This side dish is summer at its finest. Roast garden-fresh tomatoes right on the vine, and enjoy one vitamin-rich starter that's perfect alone or smashed onto crusty bread. 

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Barely Roasted Purple Vegetables

Get your veggie on in this speedy side dish that's sure to convert veggie haters over to the good side. A bulb of purple garlic (yes, it's a thing) makes this healthy recipe extra mouthwatering.

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