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The Absolute Best Side Dishes to Go with Your Favorite Proteins

The Absolute Best Side Dishes to Go with Your Favorite Proteins

Making your own meals is hard enough, but making sure they are healthy and balanced is even harder. You might pick a nutritious main dish – think grilled chicken or baked salmon – and then find yourself leaning toward fattening or high-carb sides to complement it, because who has time to make sure every part of the meal is completely healthy? If you’re stuck in a side dish rut, try these healthy, easy and delicious recipes to go with each of your favorite protein mains.

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One of our favorite things to pair with chicken is the ever-popular pick of the moment: cauliflower rice. More in the mood for fries? Go the noodle-turned-zoodle route by opting for some baked zucchini fries instead. We ask you: is there anything that zucchini can’t do? Unlikely. Last but not least, take a trip to the Mediterranean coast with low-calorie quinoa salad that includes a nice mix of fresh veggies.

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Sometimes finding a tasty side for fish is tricky, but these recipes are foolproof. Feeling a fruity kick? Why not try an apple cranberry almond coleslaw. The recipe swaps out mayonnaise for Greek yogurt and still tastes just as good. Not into coleslaw? Cilantro lime grilled corn salad is the perfect side for your seafood. Throw it in some fish tacos or use the leftovers to make salsa later. And if you’re looking for a tropical feel – of course you are – we suggest some coconut pineapple cashew rice

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If you’re splurging on steak, you’re going to want an equally enjoyable side dish to complete your meal. Roasted lemon parmesan garlic asparagus sounds like something you would get at a 5-star restaurant, but the recipe is actually pretty simple, and not to mention less than 100 calories. If you’re looking for your steak-and-potatoes fix, you can find a healthier version of it with this sweet potato and cauliflower mash. Last but not least, upgrade your plain carrots to honey maple roasted carrots for a low-calorie, flavorful side that will leave you satisfied with added nutritional benefits.

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