Sometimes I forget (or simply don’t want) to make a side dish for dinner. If I make sloppy joes or some sort of casserole I throw in as many hidden veggies as possible. (My favorites to add to sloppy joes are minced onions and grated carrots, they can never tell!) All-in-one dishes are my fave. For making and for cleaning up after. Sometimes though, you need to balance out your main dish with a side. I’ve perfected a few that are super yummy, easy, and take almost no time to throw together.
I ate A LOT of veggies when I did my plant based cleanse last January. I learned several simple ways to incorporate more of them into my daily routine. It’s been great since I can always tell my energy levels are up when I make sure to eat enough vegetables. They also make perfect sides to dinner in place of breads or mixing it up from a typical salad.
You can do this side three different ways! (really the versions are endless, you could easily create your own!)
Side Dish #1
Each version of the veggie dish only gets three additional ingredients. Olive oil, salt, and pepper.
This one is simple: baby carrots, small yellow onion, and brussels sprouts.
You’re going to leave the baby carrots in one piece, slice the brussels sprouts into thirds, and cut the onion on the thicker side. Place on baking sheet and toss with a small amount of olive oil, salt, and pepper. That’s it!
Place in oven at 350 for 45 minutes or until carrots are soft. Serve warm.
Side Dish #2
This dish simply omits the brussels sprouts and adds in a sweet potato and beets!
Peel potato and beets. Toss again in olive oil with salt and pepper, bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until potato wedges are soft.
Serve warm. Extras from each version can be placed in the fridge and eaten the next day. I do that a lot!
Side Dish #3
This version has red potatoes (kids seems to like these best) brussels sprouts, onion, carrots, and beets. Pretty much the who shebang! Play around with it though and add/omit whatever you like!
I usually add extra potatoes in this one and after it’s cooked I’ll take those out and place them a bowl with ketchup for the kids and it’s basically fries.
How simple is that?! I’m sure you have everything in your fridge to make one of these side dishes tonight. Another version I like is simply carrots and an onion.
Let me know what you think, or if you have a similar side dish I should try out next!