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Soooo with all this healthy eating, I have trouble coming up with side-dishes. My old mashed potatoes or rice is not always the healthiest option...what do you prepare as sides (other than veggies!)

Wed. Mar 26, 9:49am

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Roasted sweet potatoes are awesome! Wedge them spray a little olive oil, add a little seasoning (or even a bit of brown sugar if you want to ramp it up a bit) and bake. Yummy! I roast just about every veggie you can think of. It beats the soggy, steamed version, and you can go a long way in flavor with a little garlic and some ff parm. Broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus all work.

If you need some starchy carby things to replace the potatoes, try making risotto with light margarine and ff chicken broth. It's thick so a little goes a long way.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 10:00 AM

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Brown rice w diced red peppers
Black beans w/ onions & spices
Whole wheat roll
Lentil salad
Wheat taboule...

or just google it

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 10:18 AM

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squash and zuchhini

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 10:25 AM

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PP did you read the question?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 11:02 AM

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Quinoa pilaf is my favorite. It's a whole grain not affiliated with anything else. You can find it at places like trader joe's or whole foods. I have also purchased it at Lucky so its pretty accessible. Quinoa is a little like bulgar which is what is used in tabouleh, also a good one. It's a seed thats shell pops when you cook it and has a rice like texture. Just cook it in chicken broth, add some toasted pinenuts, maybe a few sauted mushrooms and voila, delicious, whole grain healthy side dish.
I also agree with the poster on sweet potatoes, so many good vitamins and sooo tasty.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 11:51 AM

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 11:56 AM

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Eh, don't stress about rice or potatoes or pasta - especially the potatoes, which have an undeservedly bad reputation (all that fiber and potassium, and it's 100% "clean"!). As long as you're meeting your nutritional needs with the rest of your diet, just go ahead and have your favorite starch. It hasn't stopped me from losing 60 lbs.

Having said that, I've developed a liking for couscous, though it doesn't appear to have any weightloss-related advantage over rice or pasta.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 12:06 PM

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