We all know weeknights can be stressful—from getting off of work to taking the kids to after-school sports and everything in between. The last thing you want to do is come up with a complicated meal, plus sides that please the whole family.
We’ve rounded up some fresh and easy vegetarian side dishes to pair with your favorite meat: chicken, fish, steak, beef, you name it. Take a look at ten of our favorite go-to recipes.
Mexican Street Corn Salad
Similar to the popular Mexican side dish “elote”, this corn salad is amazing and super simple. We love how many flavors are present in this recipe: the lime juice, fresh cilantro, jalapeno and cotija cheese. This side would pair perfectly with a few street tacos or used as a dip with some tortilla chips!
Look how cute (& delicious) these little sweet potato bites are! They’re easy to make, full of flavor and young kids will love them because they are bite-size perfection. Plus, sweet and savory flavors in one side dish—sign us up!
Who can say no to cheesy bread? (Not us!) These crescent rolls are super easy and can be used with pre-made dough. Just roll them up with mozzarella cheese and top them with a garlic herb butter. It’s that simple. Twenty minutes later you’re left with hot, cheesy and buttery goodness.
Need the perfect summer side dish? Look no further! These lemon garlic zucchini bites are grilled to perfection and go well with so many things. You and your family will love how crisp and tender these turn out.
Let’s kick things up a notch with a flavorful combo of sweet and spicy cauliflower. This recipe works well as an appetizer or side dish and is low-carb and low-fat. We love this option as a healthy side dish with Asian food.
Want something crunchy and tangy? This cilantro lime slaw takes five minutes to throw together and would be perfect on top of some fish tacos or as a light side dish. We love all the fresh ingredients in this recipe, plus there’s no mayo involved! The best part about this dish is that you can make it ahead of time, just wait to mix the veggies and dressing before serving.
This next recipe will give you the protein you need without using meat! This white bean salad is a great vegan and gluten-free side dish option and pairs well with fish like seared salmon or baked halibut. You can use any type of bean you want whether it’s navy, cannellini or great northern white beans. Since it’s dairy-free, it’s a great dish to bring to a potluck, picnic or BBQ. It will thrive at room temperature for hours!
We love recipes that are nearly effortless, and this foil wrap side dish checks off all our boxes. Easy, check! Flavorful, check! Garlic and CHEESE, check! All you have to do is put the veggies together, add in the spices and seasoning and stick it in the oven.
Plus, the foil packets make for easy serving (and less dishes!) You can also substitute the baby red potatoes with small pieces of russet or yellow gold potatoes.
Nutritional Info: Calories: 248.9 | Calories from Fat: 114.3 | Total Fat: 12.7g | Saturated Fat 2.6g | Trans Fat 0g | Cholesterol: 4.5mg | Sodium: 160.5mg | Total Carbohydrate 28.1g Dietary Fiber 2.1g | Sugars 1.2g | Protein 9.8g
Not an asparagus fan? You might change your mind after trying this creamy recipe. It’s packed with herbs and roasted to a crisp. Plus, it’s smothered in two types of cheeses. (You may even get the kids to try it!)
Avocado Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, & Basil Pesto
Say hello to your new summer salad! This is a fresh, healthy recipe packed with tons of bright and tasty ingredients. The colorful blend of red and orange tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers and red onions is just divine.
Top it off with an amazing salad dressing—a simple mix of basil pesto and lemon juice. This salad goes great with grilled meats like chicken, pork or lamb.
Nutritional Info: Calories: 264 | Calories from Fat: 189 | Total Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat 4g