By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer
Turn a beautiful piece of grilled fish or baked chicken into a filling meal by adding one of these 14 healthy side dishes. Full of flavor but not fat, they pair well with any kind of protein you enjoy.
Italian Vegetable Bake is a colorful, low-sodium cholesterol-free side that is prepared without any added fat but lots of flavor from herbs. You could even serve this over whole-wheat pasta for a filling vegetarian main course.
37 calories, .2 grams fat
Wonderful Stuffed Potatoes, filled with seasoned cottage cheese, are a lavish low-fat, low-cholesterol, and low-sodium treat. Serve with grilled chicken breast slices for a hearty meal.
305 calories, 1.4 grams fat
These slow-cooker Boston Baked Beans can easily be made vegetarian by skipping the bacon--they'll still be full of protein and fiber!
170 calories, .8 grams fat
Adding a squeeze of lemon just before serving will bring out the wonderful flavors of Broiled Asparagus. When the weather is warm, take this recipe outside to the grill for a special treat!
57 calories, 3.8 grams fat
This Grilled Corn with Lime Butter recipe can also be made using the broiler if the weather isn't right for outdoor cooking.
97 calories, 3.3 grams fat
Sauteing the rice and onion adds tons of flavor to this Parmesan Rice & Pasta Pilaf without adding much fat.
84 calories, 3.2 grams fat
Roasting broccoli in the oven gives it a toasted, nutty flavor that even "broccoli haters" will enjoy. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the veggies just before serving for an even livelier taste.
74 calories, 5.1 grams fat
Garlic, paprika and lemon turn traditional Roasted Red Potatoes into a memorable side dish that pairs perfectly with chicken or beef.
200 calories, 9.8 grams fat
If mashed potatoes don't work for your eating plan, try Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes" instead. You'll be surprised by the creamy texture and satisfying flavor.
69 calories, 4.3 grams fat
Low-fat cottage cheese is the secret to the dressing in this delicious and simple summer Garden Potato Salad.
100 calories, .2 grams fat
Elevate steamed broccoli into a delicious, elegant side perfect for special dinners with this Garlic-Spiked Broccoli and Mushrooms with Rosemary recipe.
56 calories, 2.7 grams fat
Coriander and cumin pair perfectly with sharp Cheddar in Light and Spicy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes, a modern spin on traditional scalloped potatoes.
140 calories, 4.2 grams fat
Serve this Veggie-licious Guacamole with carrot, celery and cucumber slices instead of tortilla chips for healthy side or appetizer that's big on flavor.
81 calories, 6.7 grams fat
Hearty wheat berries and sweet beets are dressed up with a tangy vinaigrette in Beet and Wheat Berry Salad with Spinach and Parmesan, a side that's so filling it could easily be a main dish.
141 calories, 5 grams fat