5 Sassy Side Dishes To Make Dinner More Healthy

Add more flavor (and health) to your meal with a quick, easy side dish. It takes very little time to put together but adds variety on the dinner table.

More importantly, it also provides balance and cuts through the richness of the main course (for instance, sauteed veggies with a rich steak, or a healthy slaw with cheeseburger). The next time you cook, try preparing one of these sides.

1Kale Chips

Kale Chips give a tasty twist to the superfood. Toss it in some olive oil and sea salt, and then bake. This cooking method helps the body absorb its fiber content better while retaining its nutrition and taste. Baked kale is a healthy, crisp addition to a boring meal.

2Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus is a natural diuretic, this green veggie is a health booster for the heart as well. Go ahead and grill it for elevated flavors. Moreover, the ferulic acid in asparagus (a powerful antioxidant) becomes easier to absorb after it is cooked.

3Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrots are prized for their fiber and vitamin content, carrots work as a great side, even better when roasted with some salt and herbs. While they can be eaten raw, cooking enhances their sweetness and makes them more palatable.

4Sautéed Vegetables

Cook your vegetables in some oil, just for that beautiful smoky flavor. Sautéeing Vegetables, will in no way, decrease their nutritional content, but will boost the colors and the flavors. Use veggies such as asparagus, baby artichokes, snow peas, sweet peppers, onions, and mushrooms.


Rapini also called broccoli rabe, is a bitter-sweet leafy vegetable is chock full of vitamins C and K, and iron. It makes for a healthy, tasty side dish if seasoned correctly. Using fresh garlic, pepper, and a pinch of salt does the trick.

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