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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.