A Guide to Healthy Dishes


healthy sides

When you have your cake and your ice cream, you can always get something healthy to top it off. The same is true when you have a chicken salad, grilled shrimp or grilled chicken, and you enjoy your dessert.

A good example of healthy sides is roasted potatoes. Roasted potatoes are good for you, and they can be served warm, as in the classic French dressing of a fried potato. Or you can have them baked, if you prefer. Another good choice is to have them covered in a light balsamic vinaigrette. This will draw out the flavors in the potato and bring out the other ingredients in the dish as well.

Chicken

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Chicken is another one of the healthy sides that you can serve. Salads containing chicken come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are oriental-themed, like chicken pho. Others are southern-inspired, like Gumbo Shrimp. You can also have them grilled, like many people do with their chicken.

When you are looking for delicious side dishes, consider fried chicken. It is healthy because it contains protein. Plus, fried chicken is relatively low in fat, which means that it can be used to boost nutrition in more ways than one. For example, it can be used to replace macaroni and cheese on a grilled pizza. This way, you will still get the flavor of the cheese, but you will also get the benefits of the fried chicken that everyone loves.

Roasted Chicken And Potatoes

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As you can see, fried chicken can be used to enhance the flavor of other dishes. It can be used as an ingredient, or as one of the main ingredients. Many people have a skillet with them that they use to cook chicken and potatoes together. Roasted chicken and potatoes make a great example of some great side dishes.

One healthy side dish that has been growing in popularity lately is sweet potato pie. These sweet potato treats are usually filled with a variety of delicious toppings, like cinnamon rolls, walnuts and more. A baked sweet potato pie is always a good choice, but you can also use it to add more health benefits to a traditional baked potato dish. Since this dish can be made more nutritious than traditional potato dishes, it is perfect for the diet of someone who wants to eat a dessert as well as improve her or his health. It is not too sweet, yet not too savory, so there is something in it for everyone.

A Sweet Potato Dish Using Bananas

You can create your own version of a sweet potato dish using bananas. You can substitute blueberries or strawberries for the red color that you will find in the bananas. You can also substitute some of the salt and pepper for a lower sodium level, or you can use natural flavorings to give it more of an edge.

You can even substitute vegetable stock or water instead of using cream and milk. All of these changes can make this a delightful side dish to serve to your family. The tastiness of the bananas and the moist texture of the sweet potatoes will keep them from sliding down your mouth.

Final Words

Grilled chicken is another one of those healthy dishes that you can prepare for your family that will not only keep them healthy but taste wonderful as well. Although you do not have to go to the gym to enjoy grilled chicken, you do need to focus on the quality of the ingredients that you are using. This means not adding unhealthy oils, salt and pepper and using lean cuts of meat and chicken. By making the necessary modifications to your cooking, you will be able to come up with healthy dishes that taste great and help to reduce your risk for chronic disease.

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