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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.

Rice Stir-Fry

Rice Stir-Fry

Rice Stir-Fry

A colorful stir-fry shared by Gloria Warczak comes together in no time with leftover long grain rice. "This is one of our family favorites,” Gloria relates from Cedarburg, Wisconsin. "It's quick and easy and takes just minutes to prepare."

Basil Sugar Snap Peas

Basil Sugar Snap Peas

Basil Sugar Snap Peas

Complement the sauce-topped steaks with this vibrant side dish that cooks in the microwave in mere minutes. Fresh sugar snap peas get extra color from a jar of pimientos, which eliminates the need to chop sweet red pepper.

Julienned Carrots 'N' Onion

Julienned Carrots 'N' Onion

Julienned Carrots 'N' Onion

From Shirley Saeger, this slightly sweet combination of glazed carrots and sliced onion makes a tasty change of pace. "It's popular everytime I serve it," she notes from her kitchen in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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Noodles with Broccoli

Noodles with Broccoli

Noodles with Broccoli

I found a recipe for a noodle and broccoli side dish, then changed it to use what I had on hand and to make it faster. Wow, it is good!—Janene Christensen, Eureka, Missouri

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.

Corn and Pea Medley

Corn and Pea Medley

Corn and Pea Medley

Our home economists sized this fresh tasting side dish so it's perfect for a pair. Complete with a buttery dill sauce, it makes an ideal dinner accompaniment to nearly any main course.

Tomatoes with Horseradish Sauce

Tomatoes with Horseradish Sauce

Tomatoes with Horseradish Sauce

This warm dish of lightly sauteed tomatoes and a tangy sauce is very tasty and quick to make. I occasionally use both red and green tomatoes to add even more color.

Creamy Zucchini

Creamy Zucchini

Creamy Zucchini

Here's a different treatment for zucchini that's a favorite in our home. Even though the creamy Parmesan sauce is homemade, the recipe's cooking time is short.

Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Featuring cheddar cheese, bacon and chives, these rich and hearty potatoes go well with anything. For a slightly different twist, add some chopped parsley.

Spicy Asparagus Spears

Spicy Asparagus Spears

Spicy Asparagus Spears

This no-fuss dish gets its zippy taste from Cajun seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes. Even those who don't like asparagus will enjoy these buttery spears.

Country Corn

Country  Corn

Country Corn

I cook church dinners for 120 people, so I'm always looking for fast, inexpensive menu items. After watching a chef put this corn dish together, I prepared it at church several times. There was never any left over.
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