Easy Side Dishes – Beyond Steamed Veggies – Rounding out 15 Minute Meals

I have a tendency to focus on the main dish and forget the sides.  Until we’re nearly ready to sit down.  And then it’s time to quick thrown some veggies in a pan to steam or pull together a salad.

32 Simple Side Dish Ideas

 

This is a post I wrote last year with side dish ideas that go beyond steamed veggies.

These are all easy ideas though.  Some have a simple recipe. Others don’t require a recipe at all.

All of them will help round out your weeknight meals, but still keep it fast.

Click here to see 32 Easy Side Dish Ideas.

Think simple for sides.  Here are a few other ideas that work well:

  • Raw veggies – carrots, celery, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers etc.
  • Fruit (especially good with breakfast for dinner meals)
  • Cheese slices (with soup)
  • Crackers
  • Popcorn – healthier than chips, but great with sandwiches

What are your go-to quick side dishes?

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Slow Cooker Corn Casserole

slow cooker corn casserole

 

Corn casserole is one of those dishes that shows up at potluck suppers in the South and Mid-West.  You can find the recipe in many church cookbooks.

It’s a combination of corn and very moist cornbread that tastes slightly sweet.  Not dessert sweet, but “ooh, let me eat more of this” sweet.  It goes great with any kind of meat on the grill.  I think sliced tomatoes pair up with it nicely too.  They’re almost entirely opposite of corn casserole in flavor and color.

We had friends over for the 4th of July and I decided to try making this in the slow cooker.  It worked great and kept the kitchen cool too.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

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Slow Cooker Peach Chutney You Can Store in the Freezer

Slow Cooker Peach Chutney

 

 

Chutney is not a food that we eat often in my family.  In fact, this may be the first time most of the kids had tried it.  I was inspired by a sandwich we ate in Epcot Norway to try making my own chutney.

Since we’re in the middle of a Summer Slow Cooker Series, it seemed appropriate to use a slow cooker to make this.  I also wanted to be able to freeze it for future use.  For most recipes, you don’t need very much chutney and it’s nice to have it stashed away for when you need it.

Instead of the normal mango, I used canned peaches.  The fruit pairs up with red bell pepper, onion, jalepeno, golden raisins and spices for a sweet condiment with a hint of heat.

And in case you’re wondering what on earth you would actually do with chutney, I’ve got three recipes coming up for you!  I’ll be sharing those on the blog soon.

I know I took a photo of the ingredients, but somehow those photos have gone missing.  Thankfully, even though chutney itself may be a bit unusual, the ingredients are not.  Chances are you have most of these in your kitchen right now.  And the few you don’t have can be picked up on your next trip to the grocery.  Don’t forget plastic freezer bags to store the extra!   [Read more...]

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Balsamic Strawberries – An easy way to serve strawberries

Balsamic Strawberries

 

I admit, when I first heard of putting balsamic vinegar on strawberries I thought it sounded crazy at best, and disgusting at worst.

But then I tried it.  Oh my!  Somehow, the balsamic vinegar brings out all the strawberry-ness of the berries.  It doesn’t taste vinegary at all.  The strawberries are elevated to be their best selves.  Fantastic!

And it’s such an easy thing to do.  Clean and slice the berries.  Add a bit of sugar and splash of balsamic vinegar.  Stir and serve.

You need to try this!

It’s more method than recipe, but here are some measurements to get you started.

  • 3 – 4 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar

Stir it all together and be amazed at how this weird sounding combo is one of the most delicious things you’ve ever eaten!

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One Pot Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese

One Pot Stove-Top Mac & Cheese

 

I’ve been experimenting with mac & cheese recipes and methods.  My favorite so far is Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese.

But I started wondering if this could be made on top of the stove.  One of the things I like about the pressure cooker method is that it’s all done in one pot.  It also uses real cheese and milk, but doesn’t require the making of a white sauce.  (Not that making white sauce is hard, but sometimes you want to go even easier that that.)

What I found out is that you can use the same recipe as the pressure cooker version to make this dish on the stove.  I didn’t think it was quite as creamy as the pressure cooker type, but it was still very good.  And my stove takes forever for a pot of water to boil, so I still think the pressure cooker is faster.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker though, this is definitely worth a try.  [Read more...]

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Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

I bought a pressure cooker several months ago. I’ve been slowly learning to really make use of it and recently I decided to make more of an effort to try some new things.

I’ve got a post planned soon with some general info and ideas on using a pressure cooker, but first I wanted to share this recipe for Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese.

Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

 

Of all the different mac and cheese recipes I’ve tried, this one is the winner.  It’s creamy, cheesy and homemade.  And it’s faster than the other methods.  I think it’s even faster than my other mac and cheese.  You know, the one with the processed cheese product, which I do love, but isn’t very healthy.

I love that this recipe is homemade, but doesn’t require you to make the sauce separately from the macaroni.  It’s fewer dishes to wash and easier prep.   [Read more...]

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Ranch Glazed Carrots

I’m so excited to introduce you to Jaime from Mom’s Test Kitchen! Jaime is the newest contributing writer for Eat at Home. I think you are going to love her recipes! Enjoy her first recipe for an easy side dish and give her a warm welcome!

No need for dipping sauce on the side, get the flavors you love in this easy to make Ranch Glazed Carrots side dish!

Ranch Glazed Carrots | www.eatathomecooks.com

Our family eats a lot of meatless meals. It’s a great way to stretch our grocery budget, plus we just like to eat what I call ‘veggie plates’. Just like you would get in a restaurant, I make up two or three different vegetable dishes and some sort of bread & we pile our plates full of yummy vegetables.

Easy Ranch Glazed Carrots | EatAtHomeCooks.com

These Ranch Glazed Carrots are one of the vegetables I served up for our last veggie plate dinner. They tasted absolutely delicious, took about 10 minutes to prepare and since I was able to get the carrots on sale, cost just about $2 for the whole recipe! All of that pretty much makes a recipe a winner in my book!

Simple Ranch Glazed Carrots | www.eatathomecooks.com

Ranch Glazed Carrots

Yield: serves 4

Ranch Glazed Carrots

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 envelope (1 ounce) dry ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix

Instructions

  1. Cook the carrots in 1 cup of boiling water until tender, about 5-6 minutes. Drain the carrots & place them back in the warm pot.
  2. Add the butter, brown sugar & dry dressing mix to the carrots and toss to coat.
  3. Mix until evenly combined and the carrots are well glazed. Serve warm (but still serves well chilled as leftovers)
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If you enjoyed this Ranch Glazed Carrots recipe, you might also like these Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots in the Slow Cooker or Parmesan Crusted Carrots!

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Easy Butternut Squash Skillet – My New Favorite Side Dish

butternut squash skillet

 

I could eat and eat and eat this butternut squash skillet.  It is so good!

Our church had a potluck dinner before Christmas where someone brought a sweet potato dish that was out of this world.  I searched for the cook and finally found that the very talented Lisa had brought it.  She emailed me the recipe she used as inspiration.

I took the ideas and decided to use butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes.  I also made mine a one-dish recipe by using an oven proof skillet.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more...]

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Southwestern Veggie Skillet – One Dish Dinner

Southwestern Veggie Skillet - One Dish Dinner

 

This is a great way to clear out your pantry and veggie drawer.  It’s more method than recipes.  You can use anything you’ve got that looks good.  Throw it into the mix!

I opted not to use any meat for this dinner, but if you want, you can add sausage, smoked sausage, hamburger or even cooked chicken.

Here’s what I used for our skillet dinner:   [Read more...]

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Easy Homemade Salsa

A note from Tiffany: This is a post from contributing writer, Rachael. It’s been a while since she’s had a recipe post for us, but she is the one who puts everything together for the Traditional version of the Weekly Meal Plans. Rachael and her family lost their home to fire on Saturday. Thankfully, they are all safe. Please keep Rachael, her husband and their two little ones in your prayers. They are hanging on to this verse. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
—James 1:2–4

EasyHomemadeSalsa

Want to know why I will never buy salsa again? That’s easy – it’s because I will always make it myself from here on out!

Recently a good friend of mine passed along a salsa recipe. You can find that recipe here. I tweaked the recipe and love how it turned out so I had to share with you.

Here is my recipe but just know you can customize it completely to fit your needs. You could skip the jalapeno if you don’t like spicy. You could add black beans or corn to have a different spin. If you like it chunky just add an extra can of diced tomatoes at the end. So many ideas!

Easy Homemade Salsa

What you need:

  • 1 can of whole tomatoes 28 – 32 oz, drained
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • a couple garlic cloves whole or minced (whatever you have)
  • 2 Tbsp of lime
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • a large handful of fresh cilantro (I used almost a whole bunch)
  • 1 can of jalapenos (I used a 4 oz can)

What to do:

Put everything in a food processor and blend until consistency is like you prefer. Serve chilled!

Note – this salsa is best once it sits together a bit in the fridge. Also, I not sure how long it lasts but it has been gone in 4-5 days in my house.

Easy Homemade Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 can of whole tomatoes 28 - 32 oz, drained
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • a couple garlic cloves whole or minced (whatever you have)
  • 2 Tbsp of lime
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • a large handful of fresh cilantro (I used almost a whole bunch)
  • 1 can of jalapenos (I used a 4 oz can)

Instructions

  1. Put everything in a food processor and blend until it's the desired consistency you like best. Serve chilled.
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Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 8 years. They have two kids – a 4 yr old boy and a 2 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.

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