Super Easy Side Dish Ideas: Veggies

Around this time of the year, when life gets busier and busier by the minute, I find myself in need of a little cooking inspiration. Here are a few veggie side dish ideas that I found on Pinterest and Martha Stewart.com. I made the first dish last weekend for a family gathering and it was a huge hit!

In a bowl mix olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh rosemary, potatoes, zucchini, baby carrots, sweet potatoes, whole garlic cloves, onions, and tomatoes. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle veggies with parmesan for the last 10 minutes. So good and couldn’t be easier!

Baked Acorn Squash

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus more for surface
  • 2 medium acorn squash, (about 1 1/2 pounds each)
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Generously butter a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Halve squash crosswise. Scoop out seeds; discard. Slice a small piece off bottom of each squash half; just enough to level.
  3. Set squash halves, scooped sides down, on prepared sheet. Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Turn squash; prick insides all over with a fork. Divide 2 tablespoons butter and sugar among halves; season with salt and pepper. Continue to bake until flesh is easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm.

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Bacon wrapped green beans with butter, brown sugar, and garlic mixture poured over them. Bake at 350 until done.

Zucchini and Yellow Squash Gratin

Ingredients

  •  2 tablespoons butter
  •  2 medium zucchini (about 7 ounces each), sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  •  2 medium yellow squash (about 7 ounces each), sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  •  2 shallots, minced
  •  2 garlic cloves, minced
  •  Coarse salt and ground pepper
  •  1/2 cup heavy cream
  •  1 cup panko
  •  1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 450. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; add zucchini, yellow squash, shallots, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini and squash are crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes.

2. Add cream, and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat; stir in 1/2 cup panko and cup Parmesan.

3. Spoon mixture into a shallow 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining panko and Parmesan; season with salt and pepper. Bake until top is golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

Lemon Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • Salt
  • 1 pound trimmed green beans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  1. Grate the zest of 1/2 lemon, and squeeze 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice.
  2. In a saucepan of boiling salted water, cook beans until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain, and return to pan. Remove from heat. Toss with oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and lemon juice. Serve sprinkled with lemon zest.

Muffin-Pan Potato Gratins

Make these individual potato gratins for Thanksgiving dinner or serve them along with any weeknight supper. They go well with steak, roast beef, chicken, or sautéed fish.

  • Yield Serves 6

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter, room temperature, for muffin cups
  • 2 medium russet potatoes (about 3/4 pound each)
  • Coarse  salt and ground pepper
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly brush 6 standard muffin cups with butter. Thinly slice potatoes. Place 2 slices in each cup and season with salt and pepper. Continue adding potatoes, seasoning every few slices, until cups are filled. Pour 1 tablespoon heavy cream over each. Bake until potatoes are golden brown and tender when pierced with a knife, 30 to 35 minutes. Run a thin knife around each gratin. Place a baking sheet or large plate over pan and invert to release gratins. Flip right side up and serve.

The above recipes are not necessarily for Thanksgiving. I’m just starting to think about the Thanksgiving menu today. What will you cook or bake this year?

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One Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ruby L
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 22:07:15

    Thanks so much, these will make much healthier side dishes for my family this season!

    Reply

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