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Simple Side Dishes

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I wanted to up my veggie game, so I smothered Brussels sprouts with garlic and goat cheese. It's really a side dish, but I love to eat it for lunch! —Brenda Williams, Santa Maria, California
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Vegetable Stir-Fry

Vegetable Stir-Fry

Vegetable Stir-Fry

This flavorful dish comes together in less than 10 minutes and is so aromatic that mouths will be watering from rooms away. Kelly Graham - Niagara Falls, Ontario

Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms

Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms

Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms

“These tasty mushrooms are a wonderful accompaniment to meat, but they could also be served as an appetizer,” notes Joan Schroeder of Pinedale, Wyoming.

Sesame Carrot Slices

Sesame Carrot Slices

Sesame Carrot Slices

To accompany the main dish, serve Sesame Carrot Slices shared by Jacqueline Thompson Graves of Cumming, Georgia. The sweet carrot coins are cooked on the stovetop until crisp-tender and are dressed up with a mild mixture of butter, brown sugar and sesame seeds. "This carrot dish is a welcome change of pace," Jacqueline assures. "It can be made more or less spicy, whichever your taste dictates, by altering the amount of hot pepper sauce," she adds.
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Pimiento Brussels Sprouts

Pimiento Brussels Sprouts

Pimiento Brussels Sprouts

“This is very pretty on a Christmas dinner table.” Tarragon and vinegar spruce up quick and easy brussels sprouts, and pimientos give them a perfect splash of color. Carolyn Haves - Johnston City, Illinois

Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Sandi Pichon of Slidell, Louisiana adds rosemary, garlic and lemon peel to this rich potato side dish, making it special enough for guests.

Minty Sugar Snap Peas

Minty Sugar Snap Peas

Minty Sugar Snap Peas

Fresh mint is great on cooked sugar snap peas. Mint is also nice on green beans or carrots. —Alice Kaldahl, Ray, North Dakota

Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

Roasted Vegetables with Orzo

A little peppery heat warms up this tasty and versatile veggie-and-orzo side dish from Sam Stusek in Annapolis, Maryland. “I often substitute a variety of our favorite seasonal vegetables and it's always delicious,” he notes.

Vegetable Medley

Vegetable Medley

Vegetable Medley

This is a wonderful side dish to make when garden vegetables are plentiful. The colorful combination is a great complement to any entree. —Terry Maly, Olathe, Kansas

Speedy Stuffed Potatoes

Speedy Stuffed Potatoes

Speedy Stuffed Potatoes

These potatoes are always a hit when I serve them. I grow the garlic and chives in my own garden.- Marie Hattrup, Sparks, Nevada

Stuffing Baskets

Stuffing Baskets

Stuffing Baskets

You won't find eggs and jelly beans in these appealing "Easter baskets", but you will enjoy delectable sliced mushrooms and pecan tidbits. Instant stuffing mix makes them a snap to prepare, and their fun shape won't soon be forgotten by your guests.

Potato Floret Packet

Potato Floret Packet

Potato Floret Packet

"This side dish was developed by my daughter, Betsey, who worked in a group home," relates Janet Hayes of Hermantown, Minnesota. "When they would grill out, this attractive veggie medley was a favorite of the residents there."
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