“Sides” covers a lot of things like vegetables, pasta, rice… things like that. But the most important sides in my book are the vegetables. The rule in my kitchen is that no meal is complete unless we have at least two vegetables. The first one is often a salad and the second vegetable is usually cooked.
I still consider a meal complete only if it has a protein source, a starch or grain, and a cooked vegetable. And my vegetable pasta is one of my favorites. It combines a starch and a vegetable… well actually, it has three vegetables, so you have even more health benefits than expected.
Another great combo is the roasted Brussels sprouts and potatoes. All you need now is some fish or a nice chicken breast. I must say my “go to” meal for vegetables is to make roasted vegetables. How simple is this? Put as bunch of different colored vegetables on a baking sheet (the more colors, the more health benefits), drizzle with oil, salt & pepper, and roast. Roasting vegetables brings out their sugars and no matter how much I can squeeze onto the baking sheet, once it’s all cooked and caramelized, it’s disappears in minutes!
So look here for a healthy side dish and if you make the gnocchi or potato pancakes, try to throw in some steamed broccoli on the side! – Jenny Jones