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Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Side Dishes

Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Side Dishes

It is easy to get stuck in a rut when planning what to make for dinner every night. When healthy meals and saving money are important meal planning concerns, vegetarian side dishes can add a lot of nutrition and variety to weeknight meals without taking too much time to put together.

Pureed soups make a fantastic accompaniment to sandwiches of any sort, and can taste rich and creamy without any dairy products at all. A delicious butternut squash soup recipe using only a handful of ingredients adds cheerful color and flavor to the most ordinary grilled-cheese sandwich dinner, and the leftovers are great to take for lunch the next day.

Roasted vegetables are so easy to make, and if you have a bit of time before dinner needs to be on the table, the rich caramelized flavors that ordinary root vegetables gain in the oven will liven up the rest of your dinner plate. Just tossing uniform-sized chunks of potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, and whatever other vegetables you’ve got on hand in a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and baking for an hour or so in a 400 degree oven gives you a hearty, tasty side. This one can be as simple or fancy as you like. Jazz it up with sprigs of fresh thyme, chunks of rutabaga and parsnips if you are feeling more creative.

Great grain side dishes can be prepared easily with the help of a modern rice cooker. Fuzzy logic rice cooker recipes are widely available and free up the cook to tend to last minute details of the main dish. A rice pilaf is often more visually appealing and appetizing than plain white or brown rice, and is a good way to use small amounts of flavorful ingredients that might otherwise go to waste.

It’s only a couple more steps to make than plain rice, and adds so much to the meal overall. Consider adding some new sides to your rotation to make your meals more interesting and nutritious.

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