How many of us can come up with a good recipe but then we have to think about a side dish and then maybe a fruit or a dessert. I was fine with picking out my main meals but picking a side was getting tiring which is why, about two years ago, I made a list of all of my go-to side dishes that I keep handy.
On my old blog, I did a Menu Planning Series. Part of that series was about making a list of your side dishes.
I wanted to re-post that list for you and encourage you to make your own go-to side dish list (say that 3 times fast).
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I really try to keep sides so simple. I usually have brown rice cooked and frozen. I steam all of my frozen veggies in my Pampered Chef microwave steamers (because it is easy and takes 5 minutes). I usually just add a little butter and garlic powder to the veggies. For the beans I just heat them up on the stove until heated through and I sometimes will add bacon grease (I know) or olive oil and garlic powder or salt.
Here are the sides we enjoy (in no particular order):
Brown Rice (recipe below)
Butter almond green beans (I use my frozen green beans for this instead of my canned)
Canned Green Beans
Steamed broccoli, peas or corn
Spinach Salad with sliced almonds and cheese
Cheesy Ranch Potatoes
Baked Beans (homemade from the freezer or canned)
Homemade freezer fries
These are my daily go-tos but I also make mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes and sweet potatoes on occasion. I try to make the side items easy and use mostly veggies.
**Here is how I cook my brown rice:
5 1/4 cups of water
3 cups of brown rice
Mix the above together in a 9x13 inch pan. Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes at 450 degrees. Fluff it with a fork. I freezer it in 2 cup portions.
What are some of your favorite side dishes?