Add a little extra to your main dish with these healthy side dishes.
Cost per serving: 82¢
Craving a spicy side dish? Whip up this twist on traditional collard greens from All You Reader Anita Longan
See recipe: Curried Collard Greens
Cost per serving: $1.37
You can swap in other vegetables, depending on what’s available at your supermarket. Try edamame instead of lima beans, or chopped leeks in place of pearl onions.
See recipe: Spring Vegetables with Lemon and Tarragon
Cost per serving: 61¢
Elevate your mashed potatoes with this easy, flavorful side.
See recipe: Sour Cream–Chive Potato Cakes
Cost per serving: $1.40
These hearty stuffed potatoes contain real sour cream yet are only 231 calories each! Fix the full recipe to feed a crowd, or halve it for a family-dinner side dish.
See recipe: Broccoli-and-Cheese-Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Cost per serving: 50¢
This cool and refreshing salad gets an extra kick of flavor from chopped fresh tarragon.
See Recipe: Potato and Green Bean Salad
Cost per serving: 79¢
If you don't have shallots on hand, substitute half an onion, finely minced (use a sweet onion if posible). Thinly slices scallions work too. You can make this salad up to a day ahead and refrigerate it, but it is best served at room temperature. Simply take out of the refrigerator an hour before serving.
Quick tip: If the mayonnaise mixture seems too think, add additional vinegar or fresh lemon juice a few teaspoons at a time until it's just right.
See recipe: New Potato Salad
Cost per serving: $.69
Two comfort foods in one dish. Does it get any better?
See recipe: Mashed Potato Gratin
Cost per serving: $1.60
Want your kids to eat more veggies? Your family will love the flavor of grilled eggplant zucchini, squash and mushrooms right off the grill. If you have any leftovers, serve them the next day in a cold pasta salad or as a part of a toasty vegetable sandwich.
See recipe: Citrus-Herb Grilled Vegetables
Cost per serving: 44¢
Not only are they delicious as a cool snack, cucumbers are delicious as a warm side as well, especially when paired with chopped fresh mint.
See recipe: Sauteed Cucumbers
Cost per serving: 79¢
A bevy of herbs give this simple-to-make side dish tons of flavor.
See recipe: Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic and Herbs
Cost per serving: $1.12
If the stalks are very thick, peel the outer layer off with a vegetable peeler.
See recipe: Roasted Asparagus with Lemon
Cost per serving: 90¢
If you’re cutting up a head of broccoli, don’t toss the stem. Slice off the bottom, peel and slice it. It’s crunchy and delicious — you can eat the slices raw (they’re great for dips), toss them into a salad, or stir-fry them along with the florets.
See recipe: Stir-Fried Broccoli
Cost per serving: 88¢
To mimic the texture of potatoes, use a potato masher rather than a food processor. Try using a pastry blender if you don’t have a potato masher. Stir well just before serving.
See recipe: Mashed Cauliflower
Cost per serving: 87¢
Take advantage of seasonal (and cheap) vegetables like butternut squash, parsnips and sweet potatoes for a delicious and easy side dish.
See recipe: Roasted Winter Vegetables
Cost per serving: 19¢
Add a cheesy twist to these light-as-air snacks. Serve them as a side with dinner or split them open and top with scrambled eggs and a slice of turkey bacon for a decadent weekend breakfast.
See recipe: Cheddar Biscuits
Cost per serving: 38¢
These budget biscuits are a snap to make. Although the recipe calls for low-fat Cheddar, you can use any full-bodied cheese, such as Gruyère or Havarti.
See recipe: Beer-and-Cheese Biscuits
Cost per serving: $.16
Add a little extra comfort to brunch or dinner with these biscuits.
See recipe: Cheddar and Chive Biscuits
Cost per serving: 12¢
Family and friends won't be able to stop at just one of these Sweet Potato Biscuits. If you happen to have leftovers, toss them into a breakfast scramble the next morning.
See recipe: Sweet Potato Biscuits
Cost per serving: 24¢
This recipe dresses up standard dinner rolls with a festive flair. To make a tasty spread, soften a stick of unsalted butter, mix it with a few teaspoons of honey, put into two ramekins, cover and chill. Then serve with warm rolls for an extra treat.
See recipe: Honey Cloverleaf Rolls
You can easily make this dish ahead of time by storing the vegetables and slaw sauce separately, then tossing together before
See recipe: Crunch Coleslaw
Cost per serving: $1.30
This easy vegetable side dish works great when you're grilling. Bring it to your next potluck for a seriously yummy and healthy side.
See recipe: Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Onions and Brussel Sprouts