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I'm trying to go beyond a meat,potatoes-and-two-veg way of cooking and am really struggling for side dishes other than salad or boiled/steamed vegetables. What side dishes do you love in your house? How do you make them and what do you serve them with?
 

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Hmmm, we often eat meals that go in one pot, so we don't have "side dishes" per se. Like pot pies or stir-fries or enchiladas or casseroles or beans/rice/flatbread or quiche, or something like that. Or starch/veggie combos like little spinach pastries or fresh tomato bruschetta and then a side of grilled chicken or something. But when we do have actual side dishes, we like roasted vegetables in particular (usually with olive oil and garlic and sometimes a seasoning). Roasted sweet potato wedges, roasted brussels sprouts, roasted cauliflower. Or sauteed. Sauteed broccoli with garlic, finished with olive oil, sea salt and just the tiniest bit of honey is a favorite. Oh, and I forgot gratins. Pretty much anything green that has been cooked a little and then mixed with cream and maybe a little cheese and topped with breadcrumbs then baked. Yummm.
 

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i really like salads that are non-lettuce based. Usually I'll make some brown rice or quinoa, and toss with an orange/toasted sesame asian dressing, with some diced veggies like carrot, red onion etc. I like raisins or other dried fruit and some kind of nuts/seeds.<br><br>
I also like carrot salad, like as in shredded with pineapple and raisins, (I use vegan) mayo.<br><br>
I like potato salad with potato, french beans and pesto. I usually add mini penne to this to become a main dish. i could go on and on lol. Most of the "side" dishes are main dishes for me. Often times I make two or three things instead of one meat based thing, primarily because I do not eat meat, but I make it for the rest of the family sometimes and add it to whatever dish I make.<br><br>
Beans, mainly chickpeas because we love them. I like them fried in olive oil with spice<br><br>
Soup is an almost every night thing, and a great side dish. Our favorites are cream of anything, like tomato or root veggie.<br><br>
right now i'm making tzatziki every week, we absolutely love it with pita or sourdough, and eat it almost every day. We use this as a light supper with fresh tomatos now that they are in season.
 

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My garden is producing tiny veggies, so tonight I made grilled zuchinni and summer sqaush. I sliced it lengthwise and rubbed them with olive oil, salt & papper and flipped them a few times on the grill. I also served red leaf lettuce with tomatoes, lots of chopped parsely, with a cucumber , green pepper, and tosed a few peas in there (we like them as snow peas, but sometimes they hide and grow *huge. Then the pods get too stringy, chewy and bitter-- yet the peas inside taste great, and lend themselves easily yo being tossed in a salad,)<br><br>
I try to offer what is in season. And so I love summer. We had a loooong winter of butternut, cabbage, carrots, & onions and it's sweet to branch out!!<br><br>
Oh! The farmer's market had cauliflower, so tonight I also made mashed cauliflower 'potatoes'. I steamed the head with some garlic cloves & mashed it all together with a little butter, salt & pepper.
 

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I am Korean so I'm all about side dishes!<br>
I cut up suhi nori with scissors into big stripes and roast with sesame oil in a pot. Heat the oil and throw the sush nori and keep stirring so that they don't burn. Sprinkle with sea salt. It's great with rice or by itself - like healthy chips.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">: yum.<br><br>
I did mashed broad beans last night, which was yummy. We're getting through a lot of tzatziki as well.
 
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