Here's some ideas for side dishes the whole family will love. Kids and adults will both love these great additions to lunch and dinner.
Premade broccoli salads are delicious from grocery stores, but making your own is fun and much more cost effective. This is
great way to get kids to eat veggies – even the notorious broccoli.
View Recipe: Broccoli Crunch Salad with Bacon and Currants
Kids can be skeptical toward cabbage because it’s not sweet or buttery. It does have a color and crunch factor, though. Try
using a combo of red and green cabbage.
View Recipe: Crunchy, Creamy Coleslaw
Who said kids won’t eat broccoli? Roasting leaves it tasting its absolute best. Once you master the roasting technique, play
around with flavor options. You can zest a lemon or grate Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the top after roasting, or mix in
some currants at the end. Yum.
View Recipe: Kid-Approved Roasted Broccoli
This is another example of how roasting the simplest veggies makes them taste amazing. Tossing in the mint at the end turns
this recipe from simple kid food into sophisticated family food—and basil works just as well.
View Recipe: Roasted Carrots and Snap Peas
Loaded with bits of crispy bacon and shallots, they’re sweet and caramelized and everything you could ask for in a side dish.
Give this under-rated vegetable a try—you just might change your mind, too.
View Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon and Shallots
Unless you’re making a green bean casserole for Thanksgiving, keep it simple when cooking green beans. The key is finding
fresh, crisp beans.
View Recipe: Green Beans with Toasted Almonds and Lemon
Cauliflower gets as bad a rap as Brussels sprouts. But kids will adore this oven-roasted version, which caramelizes the sugars,
leaving it incredibly sweet.
View Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower with Sage
This is comfort food at its finest. It’s perfect as a side dish and a little roasted chicken makes it a meal. For a little
crunch, add some toasted almonds or pine nuts.
View Recipe: Herbed Brown Rice Pilaf
The beans in this recipe are creamy, flavorful, and full of protein. Don’t worry if you don’t have the herbs. The garlic alone
adds so much flavor to the beans. Serve them as an entrée on their own, or alongside braised meat or chicken.
View Recipe: Creamy Cannellini Beans with Garlic and Oregano
Sweet potatoes are so good for you. They’re an excellent source of vitamin B6, C, and D, and contain iron and magnesium. Dice
them up and bake them at a really high temperature. The results are delicious!
View Recipe: Chili-Roasted Sweet Potato Nuggets
These are hands down the easiest potatoes to make. They get all crispy and delicious in the oven.
View Recipe: Roasted Fingerling Fries
These creamy, fluffy, kid-friendly mashed potatoes get their texture from butter, milk, and a touch of sour cream. For the
fluffiest, lump-free potatoes, it’s worth investing in a food mill or potato ricer. You won’t be disappointed with the results.
View Recipe: Classic Mashed Potatoes
It must be something about the contrast of smooth sweet potatoes, salty bacon, and crunchy pecans mixed with the right amount
of brown sugar that makes this simple side so delicious.
View Recipe: Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Boats with Bacon-Pecan Topping