Sugar-Free Side Dishes

Make delicious side dishes without added sugar - these recipes will show you how.

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Whipped Cardamom Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 4.58 stars
These sweet potatoes are the best ever.

Asian Pasta

Rating: 3.45 stars
This is a great summertime - or anytime - vegetarian side dish.

Gingery Carrot Salad

Rating: 4.33 stars
A refreshing change of pace. I am always looking for salads that get better when they are in the fridge for a few days.

Lemon String Beans

Rating: 4 stars
This dish is simple and delicious for a hot summer day. Serve cold as a side dish.

Armenian Lentils

Rating: 4.33 stars
Warm lentils served with cool yoghurt and the spice of green onions makes this dish a refreshing and filling side dish or entree.

Lime Pear Gelatin Salad

Rating: 4.69 stars
Great and green, this light gelatin salad made with pears and reduced fat cream cheese and whipped topping is a staple at any holiday meal in our family.

Garlic New Potatoes

Rating: 4.3 stars
New potatoes are simmered in Swanson® Seasoned Chicken Broth with Roasted Garlic for deliciously tender results.
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Sugar-Free Spiced Applesauce

Rating: 4.4 stars
This spiced applesauce is an amazing way to start the morning. I love it by itself or as a healthy topping for oatmeal, yogurt, or cottage cheese. I try to eat gluten- and sugar-free food as much as possible while keeping it delicious and full of flavor. This simple recipe is an easy choice! Agave nectar is a fantastic natural sweetener that is low carb and low glycemic index. It is about twice as sweet as sugar so use it in moderation. Use twice the amount of sugar if you are going to substitute. I like my apples tart, so feel free to sweeten to taste.

Slow Cooker Cider Applesauce (No Sugar Added)

Rating: 4.66 stars
This spicy applesauce requires no added sugar because the apples and spices are sweet enough on their own. The smell of the apples cooking with the spices makes the entire house smell like apple cider!

Brazilian White Rice

Rating: 4.41 stars
White rice is the main side dish made in Brazil. This is the way my mom would make it and taught my sister and I. What makes this so different is that we fry it in oil with minced onion and garlic before adding water. You can also use part water, part chicken broth. The secret is to not let it overcook because it should come out loose and not sticky.

Indian Fried Cabbage

Rating: 3.88 stars
Warming Indian spices kick up cabbage a few notches for a quick, easy, and healthy side dish. I like to serve this with garlic naan bread, placing a bit of cabbage between the naan, to make a sandwich.

Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach with Garbanzo Beans)

Rating: 4.47 stars
This recipe can be eaten as a side dish or as a light meal. It's great with a grilled pork chop and some crusty bread. Its origins date back to North African cultures and is one of the very popular choices of tapas in Seville's bars.

Inspiration and Ideas

Scott's Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Mashers
Rating: Unrated
Mashed sweet potato and butternut squash. This is a recipe that tastes great with no salt or sugar added and contains lots of fiber.
Rating: Unrated
This is a simple Swiss side dish. Do not forget to cook the potatoes at least a day beforehand. Do not stir the Roesti because it will be prevented from forming its crust. Add finely chopped, lean bacon, sliced onions, or thinly sliced cheese for other variations.

Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas with Mushrooms

Rating: 4.44 stars

A flexible sugar snap side dish for two. Modify the amounts as needed.