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#1 of 6 Old 09-19-2008, 10:53 PM - Thread Starter
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This is where I always waste too much time in my meal planning. I don't have a problem thinking of a main dish but I always hurt my brain trying to come up with ideas for sides so we're not eating green beans with every single meal. I usually plan main dishes that incorporate a protein & a carb so I usually prefer side dishes to be veggies or fruits.

What sides do you have with your dinners?

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Green salad, mashed cauliflower, pan fried eggplant, pan roasted corn, sauteed broccoli, roasted asparagus, roasted sweet potato fries, minted peas, sauteed mushrooms/onions or cream peas and potatoes... those are really the most common ones here. Refried beans are a bit less common (I'm not allowed to serve them on a weeknight).

A lot of times I don't serve a veggie on the side, because the main dish has enough veggie for me (stir-fry, curry, casserole, etc.).

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I suggest going to All their recipes are chef tested and I love them! They have a special section for sides. As well as everything else, main courses, dessert, etc.

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Any sort of veggie and carb are what we usually have. Stir fried or grilled veggies, salads, steamed veggies, roasted veggies. We eat a lot of potatoes.
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I use couscous a lot, I add nuts and chopped dried fruit.
or some chopped steamed veggies if I feel ambitious

What I love about couscous is the ease and quickness.

I too roast veggies very often.

Most nights I like to make food I don't have to do much with, but they're still wholesome.
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I usually go to the grocery store/farmers' market/produce stand with a list that says "a green veggie", "2 veggies for side dishes", "salad", that sort of thing. Then, I just buy what looks good, instead of planning it out ahead of time. That said, our most common side dishes are:

greens, quick sauteed in olive oil and garlic
greens, slow cooked (like turnips, mustard, collards)
roasted veggies, with olive oil and salt
stir fried veggies, most usually okra and cabbage (not together )
grilled veggies (if I'm grilling the main dish)
salads of peas/corn (like purple hull peas)
green salads
salads of cucumbers and tomatoes in a vinagrette
cucumbers in vinegar (very frequently)

Less common, but if I think a main dish might be not filling enough, I'll do a veggie in cream sauce (usually spinach, cauliflower, or celery).
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