Healthy Easter Side Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Easter side dish recipes including green bean, brussels sprout and asparagus recipes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Roasted Pears with Brie & Pistachios

Rating: 4.33 stars 2
Roasted pears with Brie and pistachios is delicious as a first course or a side with roast pork or lamb. Leave the stems on for the prettiest presentation.

Little Gem Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese & Herb Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 1
Little Gem lettuce is like a cross between romaine and butterhead. It's perfect for making an updated take on the wedge salad in this healthy recipe. If you can't find Little Gem, use half a romaine heart for each serving. You can order Point Reyes Original blue cheese online from pointreyescheese.com or substitute another raw-milk blue cheese.

Creamed Spinach Casserole

Rating: 3.4 stars 2
This creamy spinach casserole recipe is a more sophisticated cousin to creamed spinach. It's perfect for weekend entertaining or as a holiday side dish.

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

Rating: 4.49 stars 24
This creamy cauliflower mash makes a perfect low-carb stand-in for mashed potatoes. Here we take simple mashed cauliflower and mix in garlic, buttermilk and a touch of butter to create a flavorful side dish that has about one-quarter of the calories of typical mashed potatoes. If you like, vary it by adding shredded low-fat cheese or chopped fresh herbs.

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Rating: 3.89 stars 7
This healthy update of a traditionally rich ham-and-cheese breakfast strata is made lighter primarily by losing a few egg yolks and using nonfat milk. Gruyère cheese has a delicious, nutty aroma and flavor, which means that with the relatively small amount in this recipe you still get a big impact. To finish the makeover use nutritious, fiber-rich, whole-grain bread instead of white. The results: plenty of flavor, half the calories and one-third the fat of the original.

Carrot-Parsnip Gratin

Make this creamy carrot-and-parsnip casserole for your next holiday meal--everyone will beg you for the recipe! Our healthier version skips the heavy cream and butter found in most recipes--saving about 160 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat compared to a traditional version.

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 3
Typical green bean casseroles bathe ingredients in a heavy cream sauce and top them with buttered breadcrumbs or cheese. Our healthier version saves about 160 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat compared to a traditional recipe.

Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars 4
Serve these bacon-studded chunky mashed potatoes with grilled steak or chicken.

Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Dressing

Rating: 4.4 stars 2
Pure maple syrup, as opposed to artificially flavored and colored “pancake” syrup, is an extraordinary cooking ingredient. Here it adds body as well as rich flavor to the dressing, providing a perfect counterpoint to the smoked cheese.

Candied Carrots

Rating: 5 stars 1
A combination of brown sugar and apple juice makes these easy candied carrots sweet but not cloying. Chopped fresh thyme brightens the flavor in this classic side dish, but feel free to omit it if you want an even simpler dish. Serve with chicken, pork or your Thanksgiving dinner.

Lemon Herbed Orzo Pasta

Rating: 5 stars 1
This quick and easy lemony and herb pasta dish makes a delicious side. Try adding chicken or shrimp for a more complete meal.

Egg & Sausage Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 3
A dozen for brunch? No problem with our delicious makeover of a classic egg casserole. Assemble the casserole the evening before you plan to serve it.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Asparagus with Easy Hollandaise Sauce
Make this luscious hollandaise sauce in your blender for a quick asparagus side dish recipe that's ready for your brunch in just 15 minutes.
Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
This creamy cauliflower mash makes a perfect low-carb stand-in for mashed potatoes for any holiday meal.
Cauliflower-Broccoli Gratin
Rating: 3 stars
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This creamy broccoli-and-cauliflower casserole is a hassle-free side dish that just about everyone loves. Our healthier version skips the heavy cream and butter found in most recipes--saving about 160 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat compared to a traditional version.