Sitting down to a meal with the family is a great way to spend quality time together and a great gateway to start the conversation on healthy eating. But it's also hard to prepare a well-balanced meal when you are running around all day being Super Mom! These store-bought side dishes can help to take away some of the dinnertime stress so you can sit down and enjoy your family.
Garden Lites Pizza Soufflé: This is a pizza-inspired side dish that your kids will love! Moms will love it even more, though, because it's filled with veggies! After one of these, you'll have 15 percent of both your vitamin A and calcium for the day, not to mention 70 percent of your vitamin C! You can check them out online here.
Alexia Roasted Straight Cut Fries with Sea Salt: Made all naturally and with only 100 calories per serving, this is a great option to serve when you need a side dish your kids will actually eat!
ButterBall Bite Size Turkey Meatballs: Put them on your pasta or serve them up if your dinner is lacking in protein! This lean meatball is great for hungry dads or small, picky eaters!
Farm Rich Breaded Mozzarella Sticks: For a good source of calcium and protein, make these mozzarella sticks! They are a huge hit with the kids and you'll love them for their 100 percent real mozzarella cheese and no trans fat!
Alexia Yukon Select Hashed Browns: Who says side dishes are just for dinner? If you want to make brinner for the family or you're a big fan of Sunday brunch, you'll love this healthy frozen hashed brown from Alexia!
Goya Red Kidney Beans: A great source of fiber, these beans come in a tasty sauce that you can heat up and serve alongside your main course. Not only will you get a boost of fiber, but it's great for lowering cholesterol.
Nature Crops Precooked Quinoa: A side dish that can be paired with veggies, this is a great way to serve up a superfood without the effort or mess! This quinoa is precooked so you don't need to worry about the hassle of cooking. It'll be ready in three minutes!
Green Giant Steamer Mixed Vegetable Market Blend: Sliced carrots, zucchini, roma tomatoes and yellow peppers will be ready in an instant with this convenient, 40-calorie-per-serving side dish!
Seapoint Farms Edamame: Next time you're serving up a healthy Asian-inspired dish like our Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta, dish out a side of this healthy edamame for your family to enjoy!
Village Harvest Red Quinoa and Brown Rice: This company produces a variety of whole grain products, but this Red Quinoa and Brown Rice comes frozen so you don't have the hassle of cooking it! Just heat and serve for a healthy side dish.
The Fillo Factory Spanakopita: Free of trans fat and made with natural ingredients, this is a yummy side of spinach, premium cheese, onions and seasonings wrapped with Fillo dough in the shape of a triangle. You can enjoy three for under 200 calories!
Edward and Sons Organic Homestyle Mashed Potatoes: Enjoy the classic taste of mashed potatoes with ease knowing that you are serving your family a healthy, organic dish! You can even order these online!
Tasty Bite Bombay Potatoes: Delicious and low in calories, these potatoes and chickpeas slow roasted in a sauce of onions, tomatoes and spices will be ready for your family in an instant.
Steam Fresh Brown and Wild Rice with Broccoli and Carrots: Does dinner need a little something extra? Birds Eye offers this healthy blend of grains and veggies that you can make quickly without a mess!
Tai Pei Mini Vegetable Spring Rolls: You can enjoy three of these tasty spring rolls for about 200 calories, so if you have a dinner that needs some oompf, this is a good side option! Be cautious of your sodium intake, however!