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Our Best Side-Dish Recipes

You have your main dish figured out. Now what are you going to serve on the side? Whether you love fresh salads or hearty comfort foods like mashed potatoes, we have your favorite side dishes here.

Pesto Mashed Potatoes

A surefire dinner favorite, these mashed potatoes are lightened with reduced-fat cream cheese, fat-free milk, and a homemade, lower-fat pesto featuring basil and spinach.

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Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Avocado and grapefruit might sound like an odd combination, but the creamy-tart flavors complement each other perfectly in this salad. If you buy packaged mixed salad greens, a 10-ounce package contains about the right amount for this salad.

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Ravioli Salad

Purchased Italian salad dressing, tossed with ravioli, broccoli, carrots, and pea pods, is used for this salad. Other reduced-calorie dressings work as well.

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Fresh Green Bean Casserole

By relying on a slimmed-down white sauce, this creamy green bean serve-along keeps fat and sodium in check.

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Blue Cheese-Stuffed Summer Squash

Don't be fooled by this dish's artsy looks -- it's extremely easy to make. Blue cheese does contain fat, but it has such big flavor that you only need a bit.

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Herbed Corn Bread Dressing

This dressing recipe gets a lighter twist from using olive oil instead of traditional butter. Don't worry -- it still tastes as good as the original.

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Gingered Lemon Broccoli Salad

With soy yogurt in the ginger-accented dressing and roasted soy nuts atop the salad, you get a double dose of soy in this flavorful dish.

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Team Colors Tomato-Pepper Salad

Sweet peppers come in a variety of colors including yellow, green, orange, red, and purple. Mix and match the peppers in this salad for eye-catching contrast.

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White Beans with Dried Tomatoes

Canned white beans in vegetable broth absorb the flavors of garlic, dried tomatoes, and shaved Asiago cheese. Serve with toasted, buttered baguette slices for a complementary crunch.

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Wild Rice Stuffing

Instead of white bread croutons, try making this whole grain stuffing. It's packed with flavor, has a terrific texture, and gets you plenty of fiber as well.

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Corn Pudding

If a holiday meal at your house isn't complete without a corn casserole, try this calorie-trimmed version. It's delicious and will help keep your meal plan on track.

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Cheesy Squash Bake

Here's a terrific way to dress up the last of the season's summer squash. Reduced-fat cheddar cheese gives this side dish plenty of flavor.

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Smoky Gouda-Sauced Broccoli

Kids will want to eat their broccoli when they taste this side dish, made irresistible with Gouda cheese. Serve it with something simple in flavor, such as a pork roast or grilled pork chops.

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Three-Cheese Whipped Potatoes

Give the usual mashed potatoes a rest and serve these sophisticated spuds instead. They're loaded with ricotta, cottage, and Gorgonzola cheeses.

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Baked Tomato and Okra

Although tomatoes and okra is a traditional Southern combo, this updated version is distinctive because it includes lima beans and is seasoned with lively crushed red pepper.

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Roasted Asparagus Parmesan

Although this super simple side is delicious with salmon and other fish, it's also tasty with beef, pork, and poultry.

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Cheddar-Maple Squash

In this delightful side, a little cheddar cheese, maple syrup, and turkey bacon dress up butternut squash. Small amounts of these higher-fat, higher-calorie, or higher-sodium ingredients can add lots of flavor to dishes without going overboard.

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Cauliflower and Fennel Salad

A little olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic give this side salad a tangy-sweet twang that brings out the fennel flavor perfectly. To save time, pick up some packaged coarsely shredded carrots in your supermarket's produce section.

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Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds

These skillet-browned Brussels sprouts are a tasty accompaniment for all types of holiday main dishes, including roast beef, pork, or lamb as well as turkey or chicken.

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Collard Greens

Rich in vitamins A and C, collard greens is actually a type of cabbage. When you're shopping, look for bunches with bright green leaves and no brown spots.

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Corn and Bean Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa adds a crunchy texture and nutty flavor to dishes, plus it's high in protein and rich in calcium.

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Grilled Herbed Zucchini

This is a delicious way to use squash and fresh herbs from your garden or a local farmer's market.

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Italian Pasta Salad

A simple red wine vinegar dressing makes this pasta salad lower in fat and calories than most deli pasta salads.

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Grilled Corn Salad

Corn, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and fresh oregano make this beguiling salad a home-gardener's delight. If you don't grow your own vegetables, shop at a local farmer's market.

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Calorie-Trimmed Potato Salad

How did we trim the calories from this oh-so-tasty potato salad? By using tofu (yes, tofu!) instead of mayonnaise. We blended tofu, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, and salt to make the pleasing dressing.

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Green Bean Salad

Toss fresh green beans, cherry tomatoes, and red onions in our signature tomato-basil vinaigrette to create this tantalizing salad.

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Star Fruit Salad

Star fruit is a delicious yet often forgotten ingredient. Include it in a salad with our honey-aided dressing for a change of pace.

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Southern Succotash

This colorful and delicious side complements any dinner. Packed with nutrients from lima beans, green beans, and corn, you can enjoy it guilt-free.

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Apricot-Spinach Salad

This salad offers a variety of exciting flavors. Black beans, dried apricot pieces, and yellow pepper are topped with a tangy dressing for a salad that's as colorful as it is tasty.

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Herbed Roasted Vegetables

Potato, carrot, and onion combine with herbs to create this hearty side. You can even roast this dish along with your meat for a one-step dinner.

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