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Side Dishes

One Pan Spaghetti With Beets

This simple one pan side dish takes less then 20 minutes to make. The pasta, garlic, and shredded beets all cook together, add a little parmesan and done.

Rice with Brussels Sprouts

Rice with Brussels Sprouts

Rice makes a good vehicle for adding healthy Brussels sprouts to your diet in this simple side dish that’s ready in 30 minutes.

Potato Salad No Mayo

Potato Salad No Mayo

You don’t need mayo to make a creamy, healthier potato salad. My secret: adding a little mashed potato to the dressing.

5-Minute Fettuccini Alfredo

5-Minute Fettuccini Alfredo

There is no heavy cream or butter in my smooth and rich-tasting Alfredo sauce. Start your pasta first because this easy recipe takes only five minutes.

Simple Bread Stuffing

Simple Bread Stuffing

My easy turkey dressing is soft and moist and the best part is you can make it in advance and just reheat before serving.

Quick Mac & Cheese

Quick Mac & Cheese

Twenty minutes! Four ingredients! That’s all it takes to make this creamy, delicious, low-fat mac & cheese made with 1% milk and reduced fat cheddar. Yummm!

Lightened Up Potato Salad

Old fashioned potato salad just got a Jenny Jones makeover. See how to make a light & tasty low-fat dressing and my trick for infusing the potatoes with even extra flavor.

Marinated Superfoods

Marinated Superfoods

Antioxidants galore! This simple side dish is quick to make and has enormous health benefits, especially protection against cancer. And it’s delicious hot or cold.

Polish Potato Pancakes

Polish Potato Pancakes

Potato pancakes don’t have to be greasy… or hard to make. My simple, easy recipe uses a food processor and there is a trick that I use that makes these the best ever.

Greek Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)

There’s an easier way to make traditional Greek spanakopita with just a few ingredients. I use fresh baby spinach & feta cheese inside layers of flaky phyllo pastry.

Greek Spinach Rice

Spinach is a must-eat for its numerous health benefits. This tasty rice dish is made with spinach, green onions & fresh dill. Throw it all in a pot & it cooks in 20 minutes.

15 Minute Veggie Pasta

15 Minute Veggie Pasta

Make your pasta count! By adding superfoods like broccoli and spinach, your pasta is now full of anti-aging health benefits. Make it all in one pan.

Vegetable Lo Mein

Eat your healthy veggies in this easy lo mein side dish and you may never order takeout again. Add leftover chicken, shrimp, or pork and it’s all you need for dinner.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

Even amateur cooks can’t mess up this easy recipe. Step 1 – Put vegetables on pan. Step 2 – Add oil, salt & pepper. Step 3 – Put in oven. That’s it! Done… and Delicious!

Spinach Pesto

Spinach-Walnut Pesto

This may be the healthiest pesto in the world with lots of baby spinach, basil, and heart healthy olive oil and walnuts. And it takes five minutes to make.

How To Cook Bell Peppers

Quick Balsamic Peppers

So many health benefits – so little time. It only takes ten minutes to cook this stunning, multi-colored side dish with antioxidants galore!

Greek Lemon Potatoes

Greek Lemon Potatoes

This classic Greek recipe is so easy. Tender potatoes are oven roasted with fresh lemon juice, onion, garlic, and oregano until the edges are crispy and golden.

Rice with Kale

Skip the plain rice and add kale. The “Queen of Greens” has tons of antoxidants. You’ll also get fiber, iron, calcium, and vitamin K for bones. Use brown or white rice.

Potato Gnocchi

Potato Gnocchi – Polish Kopytka (Kluski)

There’s no place you can buy gnocchi as good as homemade. It only takes three ingredients to make the most tender dumplings, great with any sauce.

sweet creamy carrots

Sweet Creamy Carrots

Kids will like these vegetables. This easy recipe takes less than 15 minutes. Carrots are full of vitamin A but you’ll get more of it when the carrots are cooked.

How to Cook Fresh Cranberries

Fresh Cranberries

With a simple, easy recipe like this, there’s no reason to ever use canned cranberries. And cranberries are loaded with antioxidants – five times as much a broccoli!

Spaghetti with olive oil and garlic

Spaghetti with Olive Oil & Garlic

It takes just minutes to prepare this delicious, easy side dish with heart-healthy olive oil infused with lots of fragrant garlic.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Potatoes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Potatoes

This simple side dish is full of nutrients as well as flavor. I use olive oil, fresh garlic, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese. Brussels sprouts promote bone & brain health.

Marinated Beets Salad

Marinated Beets

Beets have too many health benefits to name. My easy recipe uses a marinade of fresh orange juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Serve hot or cold.

Oven Sweet Potato Fries

Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Wait ‘til you see how easy it is to make these healthy, oven-roasted fries. Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sugars so they are even sweeter than the fried ones.

Spaghetti With Chard

One Pan Spaghetti With Chard

Eat greens for calcium & disease prevention. This Swiss chard, olive oil, and garlic combo fits with a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet and takes minutes to make.


Load your sides with vegetables

“Sides” covers a lot of things like vegetables, pasta, rice… things like that. But the most important sides in my book are the vegetables. The rule in my kitchen is that no meal is complete unless we have at least two vegetables. The first one is often a salad and the second vegetable is usually cooked.

I still consider a meal complete only if it has a protein source, a starch or grain, and a cooked vegetable. And my vegetable pasta is one of my favorites. It combines a starch and a vegetable… well actually, it has three vegetables, so you have even more health benefits than expected.

Another great combo is the roasted Brussels sprouts and potatoes. All you need now is some fish or a nice chicken breast. I must say my “go to” meal for vegetables is to make roasted vegetables. How simple is this? Put as bunch of different colored vegetables on a baking sheet (the more colors, the more health benefits), drizzle with oil, salt & pepper, and roast. Roasting vegetables brings out their sugars and no matter how much I can squeeze onto the baking sheet, once it’s all cooked and caramelized, it’s disappears in minutes!

So look here for a healthy side dish and if you make the gnocchi or potato pancakes, try to throw in some steamed broccoli on the side! – Jenny Jones