Side Dishes

United States
April 23, 2009 3:01pm CST
I need some healthy side dish ideas. We always have a vegetable with dinner, but we also normally have a potato or noodles, which are certainly not the healthiest things to eat. Depending on how they're prepared, they can sometimes be full of fat, and definitly full of carbs. Aside from serving rice every day of the week... what are some other healthy side dish ideas?
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
24 Apr 09
Grilled eggplant is delicious, and green beans sauteed with olive oil is good too. You can also microwave or steam zucchini or yellow squash and top with some grated parmesan cheese. I serve these vegetables with pasta or potatoes and either chicken or steak. My husband and kids really don't love vegetables and prefer beef and potatoes or pasta. I put the veggies on their plates, at least 1/3 of the plate full of vegetables. Hope that helps. Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
@jesssp (2739)
• Canada
23 Apr 09
Potatoes are a little on the carb-y side but they are still a healthy addition to a meal (as long as it isn't loaded with carbs already). If they're prepared with the skin on and without adding any fat then they are a much better choice then a noodle side. An average size potato has around 7 grams of dietary fiber and is a good source of vitamin C and iron (but also contains about a fifth of your RDA of carbs). Whole grain pasta and rice are probably the best choice but I have found that they're an acquired taste. You can get whole grain Minute Rice now which is convenient and actually tastes great with just a little low fat margarine (almost like buttered popcorn actually). And really there's nothing wrong with having two different veggie sides and maybe a slice of 100% whole wheat bread or a more interesting multi grain bread or roll.
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• United States
23 Apr 09
My husband won't eat veggies, so most of my meals have different types of potatoes as a side dish. Normally I'll do instant mashed potatoes or boxed scalloped potatoes to make it easier on myself. His eating habits make it difficult for me to try to be healthy.
@Trensue (5259)
• United States
24 Apr 09
Okay here's a thought. Use real potatoes and mash them. Add veggies little by little - I started with a few carrots and now you never know what may end up in the potatoes. I also have a sign that hangs up in the kitchen "you have two choices for dinner, take it or leave it." Now it is time for hubby to stand up and take a "no than you bite." It means that everyone takes a bite of everything offered and they can say no thank to more. It is time to think of the whole family. We got to the market and once a month we try and buy a fruit or veggie we have never tried and we get some kind of dessert we have never tried. How are they with soup?
@peavey (16877)
• United States
24 Apr 09
Have you tried other grains besides rice? One woman I know cooks barley and eats it with butter and salt. Wheat berries are good like that, I know. I don't know about other grains, but you might be able to find out. Surely oats can be eaten in different ways than a breakfast cereal and you might find other recipes for rye, too.
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@B3lla86 (101)
• United States
23 Apr 09
Ok, so you say that you need healthy side dish alternatives... I'm not sure how adventurous you are with trying new things, but if you want to go a bit more low carb, then I can definitely help you. First off let me start by saying that I probably have the pickiest brothers ever. They don't eat much of anything besides starches and meats. Some things you can do to help is having sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes.... not the canned stuff... if you get fresh sweet potatoes and bake them, or chop them in cubes and broil them on a sheet pan, then it would cut down on a lot. Sweet potatoes are probably one of the healthiest vegetables you could eat. One 3 1/2 ounce baked sweet potato has twice the daily value of Vitamin A, with only 141 calories. It provides 42% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for Vitamin C, 6% of the RDA of calcium, 10% RDA of iron, 8% of thiamine for healthy adults, its low in sodium and is a great source for fiber and other vitamins and minerals. As a complex carbohydrate food source, it provides beta carotene which may be a factor in reducing the risk of certain cancers. Another thing you can try is Spaghetti squash. You cut it in half and bake it on a sheet pan and break it up with a fork. It basically comes out like a crunchy noodle, just don't cook it too long or it'll be mush. I hope these help. You can definitely send me a message if you want more recipes. Happy mylotting!
• United States
24 Apr 09
We tried sweet potato fries before but weren't overly fond of them. I might try baked sweet potatoes though just to see.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
23 Apr 09
My kids are all about potatoes as a side dish. I normally do one starch and one veggie. Sometimes though my son asks for corn and potatoes then you have 2 starches. I do green beans and broccoli sometimes too. I will serve raw baby carrots sometimes too. My son hates cooked carrots. My daughter likes sweet potatoes and squash too. Sometimes just a salad as a side works too.
• United States
23 Apr 09
My husband doesn't really eat veggies. I have to serve potatoes or noodles with dinner, because that's all he'd eat. I am trying to think of healthier options to serve that everyone will eat.
@GreenMoo (11837)
2 May 09
One of my favourites is beans with slightly stale bits of bread on top (quite a thick layer). You can finely chop some cabbage or other green veg to mix in with the beans if you like. Douse the whole lots in olive oil and stick in the over to heat through & make the top layer of bred crunchy. The beans work really well as part of a bean salad the next day if you have any leftovers.
@KrauseHome (36771)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Lately, I have been on a Big Salad kick, and been eating a salad with almost everything. This is something that is really Good for you depending on the type of Salad dressing that you use. So if you and your family enjoy salads this is a Great idea for you to consider.
@emilie2300 (1889)
• United States
24 Apr 09
You could have a salad as a side, a fruit salad, Bake potatoes are very healthy, Broccolli is a healthy veggie, Cucumber salad is also good, Bean salad,Brown rice,
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
24 Apr 09
Fresh fruit's usually a good idea. Granola treats? Breads don't have to be too unhealthy, especially if you go for wheat and don't serve and over-abundance of it.
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
24 Apr 09
I love rice, i'd eat it everyday.. but.. sometimes i cut up a mixture of potatoes and sweet potatoes.. cube em up, and roast them in the oven together.. they are good with a little onion too and any other veggie you like you could toss in. I like steamed stuff too, and rice you can do so much with.. i know in the end its still rice, but if you put different spices in it, it tastes differently.. soemtimes i use cajan, or mexican type spices, sometimes greek, then other times i take a can of cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup and make rice with that.. minute rice for that one.. and that's yummi and mostly healthy :P
@lelin1123 (15636)
• Puerto Rico
23 Apr 09
I like either sweet potatoes, a good healthy salad, or spanish rice with beans as a side dish. In the winter I also like stuffing. I hope this helps a bit!
• India
23 Apr 09
Hi, with just potatoes itself you can prepare many many side dishes, which are very tasty, ofcourse consuming potatoes daily is not healthy. Why don't you go for some salad, and also try cooking beans, leafy vegetables etc? if your husband likes only potatoes, then there are many ways you can make it as a tasty dish. I am listing you a few varieties which usually I prepare with potatoes. variety 1: Ingredients :- Potatoes - 6 Onions - 4 Green chillies - 3 Curd - 1 1/2 cups Salt - to taste Red chilly powder - ¾ spoon Oil - for deep frying Bengal gram flour - 2 spoons Baking powder ¼ spoon Garam masala powder ¼ spoon Preparation :- Cook potatoes in cooker till one whistle, peel outer skin and dice into big cubes, sprinkle little salt , baking powder and Bengal gram flour to that, deep fry in hot oil till light brown , keep aside, tie curds in a clean muslin cloth and hang it till water drains from that, remove that curd cheese from the cloth and whip it with spoon till it becomes soft, cut onions into 1 inch long pieces , slit green chilies into two, lengthwise, heat two spoons of oil and fry chilies,onions . when it turns golden brown add whipped curds to that, sprinkle salt, chilly powder and garam masala powder, fry in medium flame stirring constantly till oil is separated, add fried potatoes with little water if necessary, boil for few minutes and serve hot, o.k.. variety 2: Ingredients: 2 cup Cooking Oil bunch Coriander/Cilantro Leaves 3 number Onions 1/4 grams Plain Yogurt 1/2 grams Potatoes 1 tbsp Red Chilly Powder to taste Salt Process: 1. Boil the potatoes in a pot of water on the stove. Once the potatoes are well cooked, drain the water and let the potatoes cool. When the potatoes are cool, peel them and mash them well in a bowl. 2. In a separate bowl combine the salt, red chilly powder and yogurt. And beat it well. 3. In a heavy based pot heat some oil. When oil is hot add in the sliced onions and fry the onions until golden brown. Then add in the yogurt mixture to onions and stir. Add the mashed potatoes, mix well and take off heat. Finally garnish with the fresh coriander/cilantro leaves and mix well. There are many more dishes which I usually prepare at home, even with rice, with other vegetables too. If you want i will send the simplest and easiest of those. You can even just try one more simple dish: take potatoes, cut them into a bit large pieces, boil them, peel them, add salt, coriander leaves, chopped carrot, pinch of lemon when it becomes cool and serve with rice. Its very tasty dish.
• United States
23 Apr 09
In the winter we normally have potatoes, rice or beans as side dishes because their more hearty during the cold weather. When warm weather starts to move in however we usually have garden variety side dishes like sliced cucumber with a pinch of salt, salads or tomatoes with homemade dressing. I also always serve some type of fresh fruit for dessert instead of cake, pie or other desserts of that variety. Occasionally we may have cheesecake, but mainly just sliced fruit. Mango is my families favorite.
• United States
23 Apr 09
A healthy side dishes for kids is of course some fruit just cut up some fruit and have it on their plate when it is time to eat and a lot of kids like fruit and i still do it for myself because it is a lot healthier than some of the food choices out there now a days. Of course you can always do vegetables and there are a lot of vegetables to choose from now a days and you don't always have to to a vegetable and a carbs but two vegetables is always good for you. Try something like mixing some together maybe some green beans with mushrooms and add in some garlic and that would be a different side dish to do. There are so many things everyone can do, if you're not liking just plain rice try some yellow rice or chicken rice. If you do rice make it as a big dinner and add in some chicken and some vegetables and you can just eat that mixed in with everything and not even have to worry about a side dish then. Hope i was able to help you out. Enjoy Dinner tonight
@marguicha (124783)
• Chile
23 Apr 09
Potatoes are not that unhealthy if you don´t load them with cream or butter. Try a potato salad with no mayo, lots of parsil, olive oil, lemon and salt. Noodles as bad but so is normal rice. The only rice that is better is integral (if you like it). How about making a cream od spinash instead of just the cooked ones? (cut them up after cooked, add some milk and a bit of butter. Top with parmesan cheese) And mushrooms an sweet peppers are wonderful too. Sauté them in a bit of oil, add salt and pepper (I also put some crushed garlic)