Side Dish Recipes
Most people think first of the entrée when planning a meal, but a good side dish can make or break a meal! Side dishes can be hearty or healthy, hot, cold, and just about anything you can think of. Pasta, rice, legumes, vegetables, fruit - they all make fantastic side dishes that complement a variety of meats and seafood.
Little additions can give your side dishes extra pizzazz. Try adding a few fresh or dried herbs to mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables for extra flavor. Add sauces to your side dishes to create elegant additions to the meal, and add a bit of fresh lemon, lime, or orange juice to fresh vegetables to bring out their flavor and color. Cook or dress your pasta with flavored oil, such as garlic oil, to take it from bland to outstanding.
Some Handy Side Dish Tips
- Try adding dried fruit, nuts, or chopped vegetables (such as green onions, garlic, broccoli, or others) to your next batch of rice. It will give the dish extra punch and texture.
- Don't forget the slow cooker! Slow cookers aren't just for the main dish; you can create a variety of side dishes and casseroles in one, too!
- Cooking vegetables too much will make them mushy and tasteless. Cook until they are still a bit crispy, and they'll taste better and retain more of their vitamins and nutrition, too.
- Create non-traditional type side dishes like stuffing or fresh fruit to add variety to your weekday meals.