Superfast Side Dishes

Serve a quick and easy side dish to complement your main dish. These delicious dishes take mere minutes to prepare.

  • Garlic-Mint Peas

    Garlic-Mint Peas

    Ready in less than ten minutes, this easy side dish brings green peas back to the table, dressed-up with the flavor of fresh mint and a hint of sugar.

    Recipe: Garlic-Mint Peas

  • Corn with Mustard Seeds

    Corn with Mustard Seeds

    Serve a spicy and fresh side perfect for enhancing a simple chicken or fish dinner. Ready in about 10 minutes, it's guaranteed to please every palate at your dinner table.

    Recipe: Corn with Mustard Seeds

  • Lemon-Spinach Chickpeas

    Lemon-Spinach Chickpeas

    Introduce spinach into the side dish rotation with this lively recipe, flavored with lemon juice and a little kosher salt. Pair with pitas for the younger diners to scoop up the greens while mom and dad forge into the flavorful dish with a fork.

    Recipe: Lemon-Spinach Chickpeas

  • Black Bean and Corn Salsa

    Black Bean and Corn Salsa

    With an ingredient list of only three ingredients that are all pantry items, this mix-and-serve, no-cook side dish is ready to eat whenever you are. Serve with quesadillas on a Mexican night, with burgers for a flavorful and warm dinner year-round, or as a fresh side to a fish filet. Dress it up with a drizzle of lime juice if you like.

    Recipe: Black Bean and Corn Salsa

  • Charred-Corn Succotash

    Charred-Corn Succotash

    Pair a colorful side dish with any main-dish staple on your family's favorites list. This is a great recipe for kids learning to use pincher fingers and the names of colors. Ask them to show you a red veggie, then applaud as they dig into this lightly-seasoned dish.

    Recipe: Charred-Corn Succotash

  • Broccoli With Orange Sauce

    Broccoli With Orange Sauce

    Move broccoli off your kids' "enemies" list by pairing them with a childhood favorite: orange segments. Low-fat lemon yogurt and a touch of ginger add flavor that the whole family will enjoy.

    Recipe: Broccoli With Orange Sauce

  • Roasted Asparagus

    Roasted Asparagus

    Toss asparagus with olive oil, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice, then bake for ten minutes. This fresh dish is delicious hot out of the oven or when slightly warm, so it's forgiving if your meatloaf needs a few more minutes to brown. Get the smaller appetites at the table eating this green veggie by treating them as finger foods.

    Recipe: Roasted Asparagus

  • Israeli Couscous with Fresh Peas and Mint

    Israeli Couscous with Fresh Peas and Mint

    Instead of serving instant rice again, make a quick batch of Israeli couscous dressed up with peas and mint. The recipe takes only fifteen minutes and adds fiber and a green veggie to the dinner plate.

    Recipe: Israeli Couscous with Fresh Peas and Mint

  • Lemon Green Beans

    Lemon Green Beans

    Dress up any favorite green vegetable with this light, lemon-and-olive-oil sauce. It brightens everything from asparagus to broccoli, but pairs perfectly with green beans.

    Recipe: Lemon Green Beans

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