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Simple Side Dishes

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Fast Lemony Brussels Sprouts

Fast Lemony Brussels Sprouts

Fast Lemony Brussels Sprouts

"The tangy lemon glaze and toasted almonds make this easy vegetable dish popular at my table," explains Trisha Kruse from her kitchen in Boise, Idaho. "It even pleases those who say they don't care for brussels sprouts."

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.

Flank Steak with Couscous

Flank Steak with Couscous

Flank Steak with Couscous

It takes just minutes to broil this nicely seasoned flank steak that’s served with made-in-minutes couscous. Slicing the meat on an angle across the grain produces the most tender results. If you prefer, a pound of sirloin steak can be used instead of the flank steak in this recipe.

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.

Southwestern Spuds

Southwestern Spuds

Southwestern Spuds

I came up with this attractive side dish when my best friend unexpectedly stayed for dinner. While my husband grilled pork chops, I perked up potatoes with tasty taco fixings. The results received rave reviews. This recipe is even quicker to fix with leftover baked potatoes. —Penny Dykstra Porterville, California

Scalloped Potatoes and Veggies

Scalloped Potatoes and Veggies

Scalloped Potatoes and Veggies

If you're like me, you're always searching for easy side dishes. This vegetable medley in a creamy cheese sauce couldn't be simpler. It uses ingredients you likely have on hand and costs 24¢ a serving. —Linda Renberger Derby, Kansas

Stir-Fried Zucchini

Stir-Fried Zucchini

Stir-Fried Zucchini

I plant many vegetables to use in cooking. Tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini are among are among our favorites. That is why this dish is so popular at our house.—Deborah Elliot, Ridge Spring, South Carolina

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.

Herbed Veggie Platter

Herbed Veggie Platter

Herbed Veggie Platter

This eye-appealing combination is an interesting twist on mixed vegetables. Topped with herb butter and Parmesan cheese, the crowd-pleaser is an ideal addition to buffets. Divide the ingredients between two plates if your microwave can't accommodate one large platter. -Patricia Vandiver, Tucson, Arizona

Lemon-Pepper Veggies

Lemon-Pepper Veggies

Lemon-Pepper Veggies

The must-try medley is a breeze to make in the microwave. Guests are surprised that this quick dish is so flavorful.—Linda Bernhagen, Plainfield, Illinois

Idaho Tacos

Idaho Tacos

Idaho Tacos

In Ozona, Texas, Kaleta Shepperson loads her potatoes with a taco topping that's quick, easy and flavorful. "Everyone who tries these potatoes likes them," she comments. "They're almost a meal by themselves. I serve them with breadsticks, a green salad and dessert."
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