Side dishes always stump me. My solution is usually to either sauté some fresh veggies with butter or cut up a few slices of onion and serve it with frozen or canned vegetables. Frankly, that gets pretty boring after a while, so I’m always on the hunt for exciting new side dish recipes.
These 10 recipes from amazing bloggers around the web will inspire you to make your side dishes a little more interesting. I am excited to add them to our meals!
Portobello Mushroom Risotto
This risotto from Green Eggs and Goats looks complicated, but I bet you could even make it in the slow cooker, if you wanted. If your family hates mushrooms, substitute your favorite vegetable, nut, or fruit.
Slow Cooker Carrots
Meal preparation can get a little crazy, leaving little time to for side dishes. Solve this problem by using your slow cooker to make these delicious-looking glazed carrots from Six Sisters’ Stuff.
Fresh Russian Salad
Do you like your side dishes a little fresher? I like to eat more fresh sides during spring and summer when temperatures rise and I simply don’t want to add extra heat from the stove. This Russian salad from Thinking Outside the Pot would fit the bill nicely.
Lemon Asparagus Orzo
Orzo is a curious pasta that looks like a grain. It is quite delicious mixed with a variety of flavors. This particular mixture of asparagus with orzo created by Hot Eats and Cool Reads offers a new way to eat asparagus.
Oven Roasted Broccoli
I never cooked broccoli in the oven until recently, and it is amazing. I may never make broccoli on the stove again. Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch also cooks her broccoli in a cast-iron pan, which I am convinced makes things taste better.
Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms
Most people are either mushroom lovers or mushroom haters- if your family is one of the former, then you will love this recipe for garlic mushrooms from Mandy’s Recipe Box.
Non-Boring Green Beans
Green beans are often prepared simply, which can be good, but gets boring after a while. Mix it up by making green beans with a twist like this recipe using balsamic vinegar, dates, feta cheese, and pine nuts from The Shiksa in the Kitchen.
A Use for Swiss Chard
Swiss chard is one of the ingredients I often see in CSA boxes, and it usually ends up going bad because I have no idea how to prepare it. The Untrained Housewife luckily has two amazing recipes for Swiss chard so I will never have to let it rot in the fridge again.
You can grow your very own fresh vegetables for healthy and fun side dishes no matter how much land you have or don’t have and
Potatoes and Green Beans on the Grill
Potatoes and green beans are a classic side dish mix, but I love this recipe twist created by Homestead Chronicles. The ingredients are roasted on the grill to lock in flavor and make the veggies easy to prepare.
I usually pass over radishes at the store because I never know how to use them other than in salads (and my kids probably wouldn’t eat them raw because of the spice). I wish I had seen this recipe for cooked radishes before! Next time I go to the store I definitely want to pick up some radishes so I can try this recipe from Food Done Light.
What are your favorite side dishes? Share them with us!