Recipe Exchange Topic: side dishes

I really lack in creativity in this area! Can you guys share some good side dish ideas that you use?

I'm so tired of corn, green peas and potatoes on a rotation.

Ok...the recipe calls for red potatoes:

Cube potatoes
Place in a casserole dish
Drizzle with olive oil
sprinkle with thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, and any other spice that you like
sprinkle 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
heat oven to 400 and cook for half an hour
after half an hour, stir around and season more if desired...
sprinkle with another half cup of parmesan cheese and cook for another half an hour

Sometimes I leave them in for an additional 5 minutes or so for extra crispiness!!! You'll love them!
    I found a recipe for "Crash potatoes". Get red or yellow potatoes, you want the smaller ones. Boil, bake, or microwave until soft. Spray or drizzle cooking oil on a baking sheet and lay out the potatoes on it. Use a fork or potato masher to flatten the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and a little oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. YOu could also add cheese or any other seasonings you want.

    I've also made roasted garlic mashed cauliflower. Steam the cauliflower and roast the garlic. Once both are done combine them in a food processor.
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        I too have trouble with this. My go-to items are usually steamed veggies, rice, or pasta.
          Balsamic Glazed Carrots
          - 3 cups baby carrots, 1tblsp olive oil, 1½ tblsps balsamic vinegar,1 tblsp brown sugar. Heat oil in a skillet over med-high heat. Saute carrots in oil for about 10 minutes, or until tender. Stir in balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, mix to coat and serve.

          Grilled Green beans
          8 oz green beans (I used haricot vert- french green beans)
          1 tbsp lemon juice
          1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
          1 tsp garlic powder (I love garlic...)
          1/2 tsp kosher salt
          pepper to taste
          parmesan cheese


          1. Mix all ingredients except the parmesan cheese in a large ziplock bag. Let flavors marinate for 10 minutes or so.
          2. Put on a grill over medium heat, turning frequently until crisp tender. About 10 minutes. (Use one of those special grill skillets or a cast iron skillet if you are worried about losing beans through the cracks.)
          3. Remove beans from heat, sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Easy!

          Honey Glazed Carrots

          1 pound baby carrots
          2 tablespoons butter
          2 tablespoons honey
          1 tablespoon lemon juice
          Freshly ground black pepper
          1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

          Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
          Add salt.
          Add the carrots and cook until tender for about 6 minutes or so.
          Drain the carrots and add them back to the saucepan.
          Add the honey, butter and lemon juice.
          Cook until a glaze forms, covering the carrots which should be about 5 - 6 minutes.
          Season with salt and pepper and top with the flat leaf parsley.
            Yields contents of 9 x 13-inch pan


            4 cups small diced potatoes
            2-3 tablespoons olive oil
            1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
            Pepper, to taste
            1 (8 ounce) bottle ranch dressing
            1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
            1/2 cup diced crispy bacon

            Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick spray and add in potatoes.
            Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper and stir. Dot with butter and cover with foil.
            Bake for an hour until the potatoes are soft. Remove from the oven, uncover and add in ranch dressing, cheese and bacon. Stir to combine and add back to oven.
            Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly brown on top.
            Serve while still warm.
              Asparagus with Hollandaise!
                i live by Knorr pasta or rice sides, they have such a variety and they cost $1 at Walmart or do 10/$10 at Giant when you can catch them on sale. (Giant has a bigger variety) I also make my own mac n cheese. We also get the big bags of veggies from Walmart that are a little under $6, it lasts us a couple weeks, they have California or Normandy blend veggies, Broccoli which we buy cauliflower and mix them together, or stir fry veggies and you can make them without the meat mixed in. I always melt margarine and sprinkle garlic salt on my veggies after I cook and drain them.
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