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.
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Roasted Carrots and Snap Peas
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.
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Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon and Shallots
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.
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Green Beans with Toasted Almonds and Lemon
Unless you’re making a green bean casserole for Thanksgiving, keep it simple when cooking green beans. The key is finding fresh, crisp beans.
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Roasted Cauliflower with Sage
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.
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Herbed Brown Rice Pilaf
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.
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This rice is simple and will quickly become a family favorite. You can serve it with practically everything, from fish tacos to
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Creamy Cannellini Beans with Garlic and Oregano
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.
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Chili-Roasted Sweet Potato Nuggets
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 are hands down the easiest potatoes to make. They get all crispy and delicious in the oven.
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Classic Mashed Potatoes
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.
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Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Boats with Bacon-Pecan Topping
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.