7 Side Dishes Starring Fall Produce

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Asiago Roasted Broccoli for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

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Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Asiago Roasted Broccoli for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

Yeah, you could be sad that summer is on it way out. But you could also be happy that fall is on its way — and brimming with tasty options.

Believe it or not, broccoli is just yearning to bust out of the steamed vegetable rut. Roast the stalks until crisp around the edges, add a sprinkle of Asiago cheese — and you’ve got a side that’s as delicious as it is healthy.

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Braised Collard Greens and Butternut Squash for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Braised Collard Greens and Butternut Squash for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

Take a break from kale and cook up some collards, the Southern staple that happens to be a nutritional powerhouse. Sweet butternut squash tempers the bitterness of the greens while freshly grated ginger adds a surprising burst of flavor.

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Cheesy Mushroom Stacks for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Cheesy Mushroom Stacks for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

This fresher iteration of the usual stuffed mushrooms involves nothing more complicated than layering portobello mushrooms with slices of mozzarella and tomato, and then warming them in the oven to create melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Spinach with Almonds, Paprika and Golden Raisins for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Spinach with Almonds, Paprika and Golden Raisins for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

Just two slices of bacon are all it takes to put spinach in “I-can’t-believe-this-is-healthy” territory. Spanish smoked sweet paprika and red pepper flakes bring some heat, while golden raisins provide a sweet finish.

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Root your team to victory with these Buffalo Cauliflower Florets.

You could serve Buffalo wings at your next party — or you could impress your friends with these vegetarian bites. Cauliflower is tossed in butter and hot sauce before being roasted in the oven. Nonfat sour cream plus blue cheese and mayo make an addictive dipping sauce.

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Spiced Citrus Baby Kale for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

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Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Spiced Citrus Baby Kale for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

Just when you thought you’d heard it all about kale, along comes a baby version that’s tastier and easier to cook than the original. Here, it’s sauteed with orange and lemon juice — along with pepper, coriander and red pepper flakes — for a refreshing combination of citrus and spice.

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Sweet Potatoes with Maple for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

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Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Sweet Potatoes with Maple for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

There’s no doubt that roasted sweet potatoes are tasty. But when you coat them in a maple-syrup-and-horseradish glaze that’s equal parts sweet and spicy, they’re downright delicious.

Abigail Libers is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is also the creator and editor of notesonfatherhood.tumblr.com.

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