These side dishes from Food & Wine magazine are the perfect thing to accompany a delicious entrée.
Almond-Milk Creamed SpinachThis creamed spinach is so silky and light that you won't miss the cream. The crunchy bread crumb topping is a fantastic addition.
Mixed Pantry Pan RoastThis one-pan super side combines a number of standard shelf-stable pantry staples, like sun-dried tomatoes, tinned sardines and hearts of palm.
The Cheesiest Mashed PotatoesThese mashed potatoes are so packed with cheese, they're almost like fondue.
Sweet Potatoes with Curried Puffed GrainsThis homemade curry mix—using store-bought ingredients like puffed rice, wheat, corn and—becomes the crisp, playful topping on these easy twice-baked sweet potatoes.
Flash-Roasted Broccoli with Spicy CrumbsThe genius idea here is pulsing sliced pepperoni with bread crumbs to add a ton of extra flavor and a great crunch to broccoli.
Garlic Bread "Fries" with Marinara "Ketchup"In this imaginative party snack, addictive garlicky bread sticks and marinara sauce resemble french fries and ketchup.
Broccoli Cheese DunkGooey and luscious, this addictive starter is like a deconstructed broccoli quesadilla.
Fried Green PlantainsIn this classic Latin American dish known as tostones, unripe plantains are sliced, smashed and fried twice, until golden.
Quinoa-Leek PilafTo get fluffy, tasty quinoa, stir the nutritious grain with softened leeks, then simmer it in a light vegetable broth.
Broccoli Matchsticks and Kale SaladThis delicious, healthy salad makes use of sweet broccoli stems.
Baby Potato Salad with Radishes and CeleryEthan Stowell lightens up traditional potato salad by adding plenty of radishes and celery and skipping the usual mayonnaise in favor of a Champagne vinaigrette.
Braised Cucumbers with DillFresh cucumbers are excellent when gently braised in butter and served warm. This dish is best with thin-skinned cucumbers, like English, Japanese and Persian varieties.
Corn on the Cob with Seasoned Salts"Walk to pick it, run to cook it," was the mantra back in the days when corn turned starchy within hours of harvesting. New varieties stay sweet and tender longer. Flavoring the ears here is a trio of seasoned salts.
Eggplant Involtini with Grilled RatatouilleFaux cheeses made with nuts are key to vegan cooking. To stuff these involtini, chef Sean Baker of Gather in Berkeley re-creates the flavor of ricotta by combining pureed raw cashews with nutritional yeast, which has a very savory, almost cheese-like flavor and is available at well-stocked specialty and natural food stores.
Green Bean SlawIn this salad, tender haricots verts get tossed with crunchy strips of carrot, red pepper and parsnip. When TV personality Rachael Ray (who is originally from upstate New York) visited the Beekman farm, Lee Woolver made a version of this salad with bacon, but it's just as delicious without.
Grilled Squash Ribbons and Prosciutto with Mint DressingGrilling zucchini and summer squash ribbons on skewers is terrific because the edges become wonderfully charred and crisp, while the insides stay tender and juicy.
Sugar Snap Peas with Soffrito, Hot Pepper and Mint"It's hard to improve upon a perfect sugar snap pea," says Gjelina chef Travis Lett. "The question for the chef is, how do you not screw it up?" Lett's answer is to keep things simple, by cooking the sweet peas with fresh mint, crushed red pepper and soffrito (an aromatic Italian mix of sautéed minced vegetables, usually used to flavor soups and sauces).
Two-Tone Potato SaladPickled onions and cucumber relish add a tangy kick to Emilee Gettle's blue-and-gold potato salad. Because she and Jere Gettle don't eat eggs, they opt for vegan mayonnaise.
Spiced Lentils with Mushrooms and Greens"I love lentils: They're packed with protein, very filling and a good source of iron," says Jill Donenfeld. Eat these stewy lentils as a light lunch or serve alongside Donenfeld's roasted cauliflower with raisins.
Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Cheese CrispsPaprika adds smoky flavor to this super-creamy dish that includes Fontina, cheddar and mascarpone. Cheese crisps replace the usual bread crumbs on top.
Twice-Cooked PotatoesPiero Incisa della Rocchetta tosses boiled potatoes with a mixture of butter and olive oil and roasts them until they're tender inside, crunchy outside.