Get your holiday meal on the table in no time flat with these quick-and-easy side dish recipes.
Broccoli with Lemon CrumbsMake life a little easier during the hectic holiday season by preparing tasty sides that are ready in a flash.And the microwave is not off limits. For a zesty dish your guests are sure to love, top microwaved broccoli with lemon-flavored homemade breadcrumbs. To simplify meal preparation even further, make the breadcrumbs up to 2 days ahead and store at room temperature.
Asparagus with Crispy Pancetta
Baked Fennel Parmigiana
Browned Butter and Lemon Brussels Sprouts
Butternut Squash with Orange
Mashed PotatoesWith only 5 ingredients, these creamy mashed potatoes are perfect as an easy side dish for both holiday menus and weeknight meals.
Carrots with Lemon and Thyme
Cavatappi with Arugula and Cannellini Beans
Glazed Carrots with PecansMake the most of the natural sweetness of carrots by cooking them in a skillet with brown sugar and minced fresh ginger, and add just the right crunch with toasted pecan halves.
Goat Cheese and Basil Polenta
Sweet-and-Sour Green BeansInstead of green bean casserole, go with a simpler dish featuring beans flavored with bacon, onion, sugar, and cider vinegar.
Green Beans with Walnuts
Sweet-Potato GratinLayer sliced sweet potato in a baking dish and bake in a mixture of whipping cream and Parmesan cheese for a luxurious variation of a sweet potato casserole.
Louisiana Red Beans
Cranberry-Almond Wild RiceDress up quick-cooking brown rice with the addition of a package of long grain and wild rice, dried cranberries and toasted almonds. Because you are using packaged rice, the entire recipe takes only about 25 minutes from start to finish.
Noodles with Carrot and Onion
Broccoli and Penne with Asiago
Fresh Cranberry-Orange RelishNo Thanksgiving meal is complete without the cranberry relish, and this easy one will help streamline your holiday meal preparation because you can make it up to 3 days ahead.
Whipped Maple Sweet PotatoesFor a quick and easy alternative to sweet potato casserole, stir maple syrup and butter into mashed sweet potatoes and top with toasted pecans.
Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas and Ricotta Cheese
Quinoa with Broccoli and Bacon
Pepper Jelly-Glazed CarrotsThese carrots win the prize for easiest side ever. Baby carrots, chicken broth, butter, and red pepper jelly are all you need for a hot 'n spicy dish that is ready in less than 15 minutes and takes just two steps.
Roasted Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Rosemary Rutabaga Fries
Green Peas with Crispy BaconLike the asparagus, this dish takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Plus, you can use either frozen or fresh peas, making it a perfect year-round side. For a lower-fat version, use turkey bacon.
Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Oven-Roasted AsparagusGet this tasty–and healthy–asparagus dish on your table in just 20 minutes. It's flavored with olive oil, garlic, and almonds–all very nutritious foods!
Spicy Brown Rice
Gingered Green BeansHam bouillon, onion, garlic, ginger, and a toasted pecan topping give this dish its great flavor. All you need are a few minutes to boil and sauté, and these beans are ready to serve.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and ApplesAdd amazing flavor to Brussels sprouts by combining them with sweet-tart apples and roasting them for about 25 minutes or until they are tender and mellow.
Spicy Tomato Macaroni and CheeseTry this spicy, south-of-the border pasta dish for a fresh twist on traditional mac 'n' cheese. If your family prefers less spicy foods, substitute regular cheese and milder chiles to take the heat down a notch.
Steamed Spinach with Curry Butter
Sugar Snap Peas with Ginger and Soy
Sweet and Sour Cipollini
Just a few ingredients make for a complex condiment that dresses up simple roast chicken or pork. To add a floral note, replace the brown sugar with clover honey.
Okra CreoleDress up okra, a humble but beloved Southern favorite, with spicy Creole flavors for a mouthwatering holiday side. This recipe calls for frozen and canned vegetables, so no chopping required.
Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Yogurt and Honey
Wild Rice with Squash
Wilted Kale with Golden Raisins and Pecans