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Videos: Healthy side dishes

Healthy side dishes
Try these three healthy side dishes, including zucchini and tomato gratin, which go well with most main courses and offer options that are lower in fat and sodium and rich in fiber and flavor.

A great meal isn’t always about the main course. Roasted turkey, a juicy steak or a flaky filet of salmon make for appetizing dinners. But for many, a a healthy meal is all about the side dishes. What’s turkey without stuffing or sweet potatoes? A great steak is better with creamed spinach and a baked potato. Grilled fish is even tastier when served with steamed veggies and rice.

Side dishes may also be a source of added sodium and fat, such as salt, bacon and butter—the stuff that puts the “loaded” in your loaded baked potato. So, try these three side dishes, which go well with most main courses and offer options that are lower in fat and sodium and rich in fiber and flavor.



Zucchini and Tomato Gratin

This casserole is full of color and bursting with flavor. With the aroma of garlic and onions, it is an inexpensive and easy-to-make light veggie side dish. Or try it as an entrée. Get the recipe.



Sautéed Eggplant with Turmeric and Olives

Combine chickpeas, fava beans, okra, Kalamata olives and seasonings for a low-carb, high-fiber side dish to spice up your meal. Get the recipe.



Black Bean Salad

Sweet, smoky and flavorful, this high-fiber, high-protein side dish includes andouille sausage, pineapple and honey. Get the recipe.



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