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Simple Side Dishes

Find simple side dish recipes from our Simple and Delicious Magazine. Get easy to make, simple side dish recipes featured in our publication.

Asian Spaghetti

Asian Spaghetti

Asian Spaghetti

We love this recipe with its bright, crisp-tender snow peas and carrots, but you could easily substitute any veggies you have on hand. —Anne Smithson, Cary, North Carolina

Buttery Garlic Potatoes

Buttery Garlic Potatoes

Buttery Garlic Potatoes

My husband and three boys all love oven-roasted potatoes. But I work full-time, so once I get home and start dinner, I usually don’t have time to make them. I whipped up this quick and very tasty microwave recipe with red potatoes and seasonings instead, and everyone likes it. –Heidi Iacovetto, Phippsburg, Colorado

Garlic Butter Topping

Garlic Butter Topping

Garlic Butter Topping

“My mother gave me this microwave recipe several years ago,” writes Marla Pinson from Granbury, Texas. “It’s easy and so tasty even my kids eat their veggies with this on them!” Also try the garlic-flavored topping over bread as a yummy change of pace or substitute garlic salt for garlic powder for a bit more flavor.
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Asparagus with Lemon Sauce

Asparagus with Lemon Sauce

Asparagus with Lemon Sauce

We didn’t have an oven or stove in our first years of marriage, so we relied heavily on our microwave. This side of asparagus in a creamy lemon sauce was always a favorite. Garnished with fresh lemon wedges, it’s a pretty addition to any menu. –Janice Gerbitz, Woodland, California

Asparagus with Sesame Vinaigrette

Asparagus with Sesame Vinaigrette

Asparagus with Sesame Vinaigrette

This crisp side dish with asparagus and a tasty vinaigrette is ready in minutes. “I serve this whenever fresh asparagus is on sale," says Nancee Melin of Tucson, Arizona. "The dressing can be made ahead for swift assembly later.”

Broccoli Saute

Broccoli Saute

Broccoli Saute

Jim MacNeal of Waterloo, New York invented this recipe while looking for a different way to cook broccoli that was lower in fat and sodium. Quick, colorful and tasty, it makes a quick and easy accompaniment to a variety of meals. TASTY TIP: Don’t want to throw out all those leftover broccoli stalks? Cut them up and add raw to salads or cook until tender, then puree and add to sour cream dip.

Mediterranean Couscous

Mediterranean Couscous

Mediterranean Couscous

With garlic, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese, it's a great side dish for just about any entrée. “It relies on a boxed item to get started; then it's just a matter of adding a few ingredients,” says Elizabeth Tomlinson of Morgantown, West Virginia

Sidesaddle Pork 'n' Beans

Sidesaddle Pork 'n' Beans

Sidesaddle Pork 'n' Beans

Janet Doherty’s sweet Sidesaddle Pork ‘n’ Beans makes a hearty, lickety-split side dish and brings real barbecue flavor to the table any time of year. “My family loves this recipe and always requests it for special get-togethers or holidays,” adds the Belpre, Ohio cook.

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

Flavorful Summer Squash

Flavorful Summer Squash

Flavorful Summer Squash

Andrea Yacyk of Brigantine, New Jersey flavors sauteed squash with garlic, red onion and dried herbs for garden-fresh goodness. Sprinkled with cheese, it makes a bright side dish that’s quick to fix and delicious to taste.

Butter Garlic Beans

Butter Garlic Beans

Butter Garlic Beans

Frozen green beans taste almost fresh-picked when cooked with a little butter, garlic and onion. Laura McNeill of Dothan, Alabama shared the recipe for this family-pleasing vegetable dish that’s nice with almost any entree. “I like to use fresh green beans when they’re in season,” she notes.
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