Healthy Side Dish Recipes For Two

Find healthy, delicious side dish recipes for two. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Homemade Plain Greek Yogurt

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Learning how to make Greek yogurt at home is simple with this easy homemade Greek yogurt recipe. Start by making homemade yogurt by heating milk, combining with a little bit of already-cultured yogurt and letting it sit in a warm spot until the milk turns into yogurt. Making protein-rich Greek yogurt takes one more step than making regular yogurt: straining the yogurt to thicken it. You can add the leftover liquid--also known as whey--to smoothies, or you can use it in place of buttermilk in baking.

Lemon-Parm Popcorn

Rating: 5 stars
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Perk up your popcorn with a bit of lemon pepper and Parmesan cheese.

Oven Sweet Potato Fries

Rating: 3.9 stars
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Making oven fries out of sweet potatoes brings out their inherent sweetness.

Zucchini Fritters with Orange Shrimp

Rating: 5 stars
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Orange-ginger marinated shrimp are served alongside crispy zucchini fritters with a yogurt-based dipping sauce in this simple main dish recipe.

Oven-Baked Curly Fries

These oven fries crisp up without the greasy mess of deep-frying. Plus they're a bit easier and faster to make than traditional hand-cut fries thanks to the quick work of the spiralizer. Just watch the thickness: cut too thin, the fries will burn easily.

Easy Whole-Wheat Couscous

Feel free to double this recipe to suit your needs. To add more flavor, swap reduced-sodium broth in for the water.

Air-Fryer Kale Chips

Homemade kale chips are incredibly easy to make. Thanks to the air fryer, fresh kale leaves turn extra crispy in under 15 minutes with much less fat than some store-bought options. Warning: These will go fast!

Garden Fresh Quinoa

Quinoa is a whole grain and contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. With its high fiber and antioxidant content it's easy to see why everyone is talking about quinoa these days! Try it with garden vegetables in this delicious, quick-and-easy dish.

Sauteed Spinach with Toasted Sesame Oil

Rating: 4.5 stars
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A delicious and quick spinach saute is a nice addition to any meal.

Baked Chili-Lime Zucchini Chips

Crunchy chips are so satisfying--even when you swap in zucchini for potatoes. In fact, you might even find you like these baked zucchini chips even better than potato chips.

Creamed Spinach

Rating: 3.67 stars
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EatingWell's updated version of creamed spinach has a low-in-fat cream sauce that's rich with Parmesan cheese and nutmeg.

Lemony Carrot Salad

Rating: 4.6 stars
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Tangy lemon and fresh dill make a bright dressing for shredded carrots.
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Inspiration and Ideas

21 Thanksgiving Sides for Two

These Thanksgiving side dish recipes will steal the attention from any turkey. Each recipe yields just the right amount for two people, so it's easy to celebrate without worrying about endless leftovers. Whether it's Stuffed Sweet Potato Casserole for Two or Skillet Green Bean Casserole for Two, these side dishes are classic, healthy and delicious.

Sauteed Spinach with Pine Nuts & Golden Raisins

Rating: Unrated
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Pine nuts and sweet golden raisins brighten up sauteed spinach.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions for Two

Hearty Brussels sprouts pair nicely with salty bacon and onions in this quick Thanksgiving side dish for two. A sweet balsamic glaze makes a nice complement drizzled over the top, but it's not necessary to enjoy this classic combo. For a twist on this recipe, try swapping pancetta for the bacon. If you want to have leftovers, this recipe is easily doubled.