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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  1. Tiffany, I just wanted to thank you for putting this together. So many great ideas for yummy side dishes!

  2. THANK YOU! Popcorn has always been a side dish in my family, especially with pizza, BLTs, & tacos. My husband still doesn’t fully appreciate the combinations, but he does miss it with the pizza if I don’t make it. Also, appreciate the rest of the list. So nice to have a ‘go – to’ when I can’t figure out what I want. THANKS!

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