Side Dishes That Won't Widen Your Waistline

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It's hard not to love side dishes. Most of us take comfort in cheesy macaroni, creamy mashed potatoes or fluffy rice dishes. We're talking about the beloved sidekicks that can derail just about any diet in spite of the best-intentioned main dish. Take traditional mac and cheese. A 12-ounce serving of the scrumptious side made by Stouffers has a whopping 529 calories and 25 grams of fat. That has more calories and fat than most meals. A side of sweet potato casserole from Boston Market has a whopping 460 calories and 17 grams of fat. One cup of homemade mashed potatoes prepared with whole milk and butter has 237 calories and almost 9 grams of fat. Those numbers are nothing to scoff at. All of these foods may leave your mouth watering. However, they'll also cause your waistline to expand. Cheese, butter, heavy cream, half and half and cream-based soups are the stuff that a high-calorie, high-fat side is made of.