It's another busy Monday and I am trying to plan ahead for our week night dinners. I usually have the main dish planned but I sometimes get stumped when it comes to side dishes. In my house, a bowl of potato chips is not considered a option. If you have just a few good pantry items and some veggies in your freezer, the sides will always come easy. Seasonal vegetables are a favorite of mine but if I can't get to a store, I know there are other options. Take a look at some of my favorite sides. You don't even need a recipe for these as there is very little effort in making these dishes.
Cook some rice and substitute half chicken broth and half white wine for the water. Stir in some peas and Parmesan cheese while cooking. This is how you cheat on risotto!
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes are very simple. Toss together bite size pieces of potatoes with olive oil, garlic powder, dried rosemary, salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 35 minutes or until potatoes are brown and tender.
A simple salad is one of the easiest and most frequent side dishes we have. Some arugula and tomatoes are tossed with Parmesan, olive oil and vinegar.
I love to roast carrots and mushrooms. I buy baby carrots and toss the carrots and mushrooms with onion powder, salt and pepper. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and roast for 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
Here are some more yummy sides from the blogosphere. What is your favorite side dish?