Easy Baked Scalloped Potatoes

In this easy version of scalloped potatoes recipe, sliced potatoes are roasted in the oven giving them the baked potato flavor before being mixed with a simple, creamy stovetop sauce and sprinkled with extra sharp Cheddar cheese. Finish with a few minutes under the broiler turns the dish golden and crispy. A perfect savory side for our 400-600 calorie meals!

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Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

Okay the old standby side dish for the holiday season we have just made healthier! Thanks to fresh green beans, an easy homemade cream sauce and crispy onion topping, this green bean casserole recipe is lower fat, lower calorie, and more delicious than traditional recipes that use canned soup, beans and onions. Plus, the slow cooker saves you time cooking at the stove. Make sure to use fresh green beans, as frozen green beans will become mushy.

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Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is a whole grain with origins in South America. We have combined it in this recipe with black beans, savory vegetables, and spices for a cold or warm salad that is light and refreshing. This salad is high in protein and can be served as a main with your favorite seafood, or side dish.

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Alpine Mushroom Pasta

In northern Italy, the influences of neighboring Austria and Switzerland are apparent in dishes like this pasta featuring Savoy cabbage and mushrooms in a light wine sauce. Serve with Caesar salad for a slimmer dinner, or it also makes a savory side for your favorite fish or seafood.

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Healthier Parmesan Panko Baked Asparagus Fries

Have I told you I love asparagus? This recipe comes from a friend, YES Lee I mean you, that told me she had fried asparagus in a restaurant and could I come up with a recipe. So I took the fried version and made a healthier alternative to French fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven! Now I’ve quickly learned that these really are the best kind of “fries” ever. They’re so nutritious and healthy, and they won’t add on those extra carbohydrate weights. Plus, I skipped the deep fry and threw these bad boys right into the oven, keeping them nice, light, and baked them to absolute crisp perfection. With only 159 calories per serving and with only 15 minutes prep and cooking time each make these a quick savory side dish or snack!

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Creamy Light Coleslaw

Nothing says a summer picnic like coleslaw! This a common savory side hit among the barbeque crowd because it pairs well with just about any meat you happen to grill up. The classic take on coleslaw tends to be very high in fat and calories—again, thanks to a hefty dose of mayonnaise. But you can prepare a much lighter version with a few smart ingredient swaps.

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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

As a Type 2 diabetic I love this recipe. I whir cauliflower into a creamy low-carbohydrate substitute for mashed potatoes. And, if you have real picky eaters mix in a few potatoes for a fool proof way to get a vegetable in their diet. If you don’t tell the kids they will never know it! This easy recipe gets a kick of flavor from garlic-infused olive oil, making it a dairy-free (and vegan) vegetable savory side dish. Easy and a quickie for a busy Mom to prepare 20 minutes of prep and 20 minute cooking time!

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Apple-Sage Wild Rice Stuffing

This tasty wild rice dish starts with sautéed celery and onions mixed with sweet apples and cranberries. This combination, topped with toasted pecans, sage and a hint of heat makes a flavorful addition to any meal. Along with having a short prep time of 25 minutes and cook time of 20 minutes this is a wonderful savory side and fits perfectly into our 400 – 600 calorie meals.

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Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Roasting isn’t usually the first cooking method you think of for cauliflower but the results are quite delicious. The florets are cut into thick slices and tossed with extra-virgin olive oil and herbs. Wherever the flat surfaces come into contact with the hot roasting pan, a deep browning occurs that results in a sweet, nutty flavor, and making a wonderful savory side.

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Fully Loaded Sweet Potato Salad

Showing up to a picnic or cookout without some form of potato salad is like showing up to the gym without shoes—it’s a necessary tool to get you in the proper frame of mind. So here’s my take on a Southern classic that will leave your taste buds screaming and your muscles pumped. Seriously: You’ll grow after eating this protein packed to carbohydrate ratio dish!

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