Healthy Winter Side Dish Recipes

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

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
You'll never want to eat roasted cauliflower any other way once you try this tasty recipe. Bacon, sour cream and sharp Cheddar cheese coat good-for-you cauliflower in deliciousness for an easy side that will make everyone actually want to eat their vegetables.
By Carolyn Casner

Roasted Honeynut Squash

Rating: 5 stars 6
Honeynut squash looks just like mini butternut squash, but on the inside you'll find an even sweeter, deeper orange flesh. This winter squash has only been available at farmers' markets and in select grocery stores for a few years. If you see it, grab a few to try! This simple roasting method enhances the natural flavor of the squash with butter and spices.
By Carolyn Casner

Beet Salad

Rating: 4 stars 9
This simple beet salad recipe uses just a handful of ingredients to create a delightful side dish. Roasted beets add a sweet, earthy and aromatic flavor that shines in this side salad.
By Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

Sheet-Pan Roasted Root Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars 11
One pan is all you need for a heaping pile of nutritious, tender and colorful roasted root vegetables. Whip up this recipe at the beginning of the week to use in easy, healthy dinners all week long.
By Sylvia Fountaine

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions

Rating: 5 stars 11
Fresh herbs, onion and sautéed bacon flavor this easy Brussels sprouts recipe. This savory dish is delicious in the fall and winter months, when Brussels sprouts are in season. If you can find them still attached to the stalk, don't be intimidated—buy them, as they're likely more fresh. Recipe adapted from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters.
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Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars 15
In this healthy side dish, sweet potatoes are tossed with maple syrup, butter and lemon juice and roasted until golden brown. The delicious glaze that forms transforms this simple dish into something sublime.
By Kathy Farrell-Kingsley

Colorful Roasted Sheet-Pan Vegetables

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Give your plate a pop of color with this simple vegetable side dish.
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By Katie Webster

Steamed Fresh Green Beans

Rating: 5 stars 1
Steaming (but not for too long!) is a foolproof way to get perfect, crisp-tender green beans, every time. This easy recipe is a great starting point for other flavors or preparations, like adding cooked green beans to a salad.
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Broccoli Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
The lightened-up luscious sauce elevates this easy broccoli casserole over standard broccoli and cheese side dishes.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Rating: 4.5 stars 45
The florets are roasted with extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic and Parmesan in this easy cauliflower recipe for any weeknight meal.
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Cauliflower Casserole with Everything Bagel Seasoning

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
The cheesy-seedy crust that tops this healthy cauliflower casserole recipe evokes everything bagels. Serve for the holidays or as a hearty side dish with roast chicken.
By Nora Singley

Cheesy Vegetable Bake

This Cheesy Vegetable Bake casserole has 7 grams of protein and only 4 grams of fat per serving, making it an ideal side dish for any dinner. Using reduced-fat cheeses lowers the fat content of this recipe but does not compromise flavor.
By Diabetic Living Magazine
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Inspiration and Ideas

The Best Winter Vegetable Side Dish Recipes
Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean there aren't plenty of fresh vegetables available all winter long! Put root vegetables, dark leafy greens, Brussels sprouts and more to good use in our all-time favorite winter vegetable side dish recipes.
22 Winter Side Dishes in Three Steps or Less
With seasonal ingredients like beets, Brussels sprouts, kale and potatoes, these colorful sides pair well with a cozy meal. Plus, they only take three steps or less to prepare, so these dishes are easy additions to the dinner table.
Cauliflower-Broccoli Gratin
Rating: 3 stars 1

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.