3 Healthy AND Delicious Vegetable Side Dishes

One of the most challenging things for many people who are adapting to their new healthy lifestyle is enjoying their food. They are used to rich-tasting, cheesy, salty, or fried foods, and have the incorrect idea that healthy food has to be bland and boring. I can tell you first-hand, if your food is tasteless, it will be very hard to stick to your nutrition plan.

Although it is true that you should stay away from sodium (which is found in many tasty seasonings), and fast-digesting carbohydrates (like white pasta and rice, and potatoes), there are many other ways that allow you to enjoy vegetables, and flavor your food without the guilt trip!

Here are three healthy and delicious vegetable side dishes that will spice up your meals and impress your friends!

1. Mediterranean Roasted Broccoli And Tomatoes

low-calorie side dish12 medium size florets  (about 4 cups) 

1 cup grape tomatoes

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1  tablespoon lemon juice
10 pitted black olives, sliced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons capers, rinsed  (optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Toss broccoli, tomatoes, oil, garlic and salt in a large bowl until evenly coated. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake until the broccoli begins to brown, 10 to 13 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine lemon zest and juice, olives, oregano and capers (if using) in a large bowl. Add the roasted
vegetables; stir to combine. Serve warm.
2. Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
low-calorie side dish

8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets, (about 1 head)
4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
1/3 cup nonfat buttermilk, (see Tip)
4 teaspoons  extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1  teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
 Freshly ground pepper, to taste
 Snipped fresh chives, for garnish
1. Place cauliflower florets and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place florets and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water, cover and microwave on High for 3 to 5 minutes.)

2. Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Add buttermilk, 2 teaspoons oil, butter, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garnish with chives, if desired. Serve hot.
Tip: No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.
3. Mediterranean Lima Beans
lima beans and tomatoes2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 cups  chopped fresh or frozen onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
1  teaspoon dried oregano
1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
2  14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
2  10-ounce packages frozen baby lima beans,  (4 cups)
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in oregano, cinnamon, crushed red pepper, tomatoes and lima beans. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are fully cooked and the mixture is heated through, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.
Enjoy the new spice to your meals! Let me know how you do in the comments below 🙂
If you liked these recipes, check out Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken and Easy Turkey Burgers for some great entrees to pair with these healthy and delicious side dishes!

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