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42 Easy Sides: The Perfect Complements to Any Main Course

FEBRUARY 13, 2023
SIDE DISHES
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42 Easy Sides: The Perfect Complements to Any Main Course
There's more to a meal than just the entrée. The magic often lies in the supporting cast, the side dishes, those delightful accompaniments that round out your dining experience. In this article, you'll embark on a journey of exploration through 42 easy side dish recipes, each offering a unique blend of flavors meant to tantalize your taste buds. We've thoughtfully curated a selection of recipes that require minimal effort, perfect for those fast-paced weekdays when time is of the essence. Yet, these dishes are so flavorsome, they could easily be served at your grandest dinner parties to leave your guests impressed with your culinary sophistication. From crispy roast potatoes kissed with rosemary and garlic to a vibrant rainbow slaw that's as easy on the eye as it is on the palate, we've compiled an array of options to suit every main course you have in mind. Enjoy the satisfaction of crafting beautiful side dishes from fresh, vibrant ingredients. Cook with confidence, knowing each recipe is tried and tested and strikes a harmonious balance between simplicity and flavor. After all, isn't the beauty of cooking anchored in the joy of sharing wonderful food with those we care about? Step into an enticing world of side dishes - an epicurean adventure awaits you.
Diethood

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Carrots

An easy, family favorite roasted carrots recipe tossed with the most flavorful garlicky and buttery parmesan cheese coating.
35
307.5k
1.5k
30 min
TOTAL TIME
192
CALORIES
$0.93
PER SERVING
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Roasted Garlic Parmesan Carrots
Longbourn Farm

Easy & Delicious Canned Corn Recipe

Canned corn doesn't have to be plain and boring. Check out this quick and easy canned corn recipe. You'll have a delicious and nutritious side in minutes!
66
11,046
60
15 min
TOTAL TIME
124
CALORIES
$0.41
PER SERVING
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Easy & Delicious Canned Corn Recipe
Chocolate Covered Katie

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

This delicious secretly healthy sticky sesame cauliflower tastes like a better-for-you version of Panda Express!
559
17,675
900
25 min
TOTAL TIME
234
CALORIES
$1.85
PER SERVING
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Sticky Sesame Cauliflower
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Korean Braised Potatoes

Gamja jorim is a quick & easy side dish that is loaded with incredible flavors that will have you craving for more. Coated in a sweet and savory glaze, these decadent potatoes can be prepared with ease with this simple recipe! Make a batch of Gamja Jorim today in the comfort of your home.
19
49,005
1
25 min
TOTAL TIME
272
CALORIES
$1.38
PER SERVING
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Korean Braised Potatoes
Gimmedelicious

Keto Creamy Broccoli with Bacon

Broccoli cooked in a creamy garlic butter sauce and topped with cheese and bacon. This flavorful creamy dish is a delicious keto side or a whole meal on its own! 
29
10,986
1,047
20 min
TOTAL TIME
518
CALORIES
$1.57
PER SERVING
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Keto Creamy Broccoli with Bacon
Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Polish Potato Dumplings Recipe

Polish Potato Dumplings are made with mashed potatoes, flour and egg. These dumplings are perfect served with garlic, onion, mushrooms and bacon!More potato recipes: www.crunchycreamysweet.com
12
10,547
1,519
20 min
TOTAL TIME
175
CALORIES
$0.23
PER SERVING
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Polish Potato Dumplings  Recipe
Little Spice Jar

Cacio E Pepe Brussels Sprouts

Crispy, cheesy Cacio e Pepe brussels sprouts that you can make in the air fryer or the oven! We toss the sprouts in garlic butter, roast them, and then top them with freshly cracked pepper and Pecorino Romano cheese!
9
853
59
15 min
TOTAL TIME
199
CALORIES
$1.44
PER SERVING
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Cacio E Pepe Brussels Sprouts
Desiree RD

Luscious Sweet Potato Cauliflower Mash

A decadant vegan side dish, perfect for your holiday gatherings or as a movie night snack!
4
48
1
30 min
TOTAL TIME
329
CALORIES
$1.40
PER SERVING
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Luscious Sweet Potato Cauliflower Mash
Just One Cookbook

Stir Fry Miso Eggplant

This Stir Fry Miso Eggplant is tossed in a sweet and savory miso sauce for superb flavor! Serve it as a side or main dish on a busy weeknight. Ready in just 20 min with simple pantry ingredients.
55
1,768
52
20 min
TOTAL TIME
312
CALORIES
$2.14
PER SERVING
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Stir Fry Miso Eggplant
The Modern Proper

Braised Chickpeas with Chard

Another few-ingredient, scour-the-pantry recipe, coming in hot! Smoked paprika and jarred marinara sauce punch up a simple vegetarian dinner of tomato-y braised chickpeas with chard.
16
9,280
125
20 min
TOTAL TIME
817
CALORIES
$1.49
PER SERVING
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Braised Chickpeas with Chard
Sprinkles Sprouts

Brabant Potatoes

Crispy potatoes drizzled with rich garlic butter! These Brabant Potatoes are a New Orleans classic and will quickly become one of your family's favorite side dishes. The potatoes are boiled and then fried in a skillet to make the perfect easy side dish for serving with chicken and steak. Don't forge...
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179.5k
199.0
30 min
TOTAL TIME
390
CALORIES
$0.89
PER SERVING
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Brabant Potatoes
A Spicy Perspective

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Baked Sweet Potato Chips Recipe - This simple 3-ingredient recipe makes a fabulous healthy snack and side dish.
70
17,251
631
30 min
TOTAL TIME
142
CALORIES
$0.29
PER SERVING
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Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Delish

Bacon Avocado Fries

Love french fries? Step up your game with this Bacon Avocado Fries recipe from Delish.com.
10
29,220
6,771
5 min
TOTAL TIME
157
CALORIES
$0.47
PER SERVING
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Bacon Avocado Fries
Best Recipe Box

Air Fried Carrots Recipe

A great basic Air Fryer roasted carrots. Flavor it up however you like... add some garlic or garlic powder, whatever herbs or other seasonings you prefer. Such a quick & easy side dish. You can easily double this in most air fryers and still cook in a single batch. If you are increasing the quanties...
2
142
1
20 min
TOTAL TIME
91
CALORIES
$0.32
PER SERVING
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Air Fried Carrots Recipe
I Wash You Dry

Air Fryer Au Gratin Potatoes

Quick and easy air fryer au gratin potatoes recipe with a cheesy and creamy sauce, ready in just a few minutes!
1
20 min
TOTAL TIME
418
CALORIES
$1.23
PER SERVING
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Air Fryer Au Gratin Potatoes
Veggie desserts

Spanish Beans with Tomatoes

These vegan gluten-free Spanish beans are packed with flavour, but are so easy to make in less than 20 minutes with just 7 ingredients! Perfect served with rice or fresh bread and only 125 calories per serving.
100
125.9k
465.0
25 min
TOTAL TIME
822
CALORIES
$1.96
PER SERVING
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Spanish Beans with Tomatoes
The Salty Side Dish

Homemade Cream Corn with Parmesan Cheese

Homemade Cream Corn is a perfect corn side dish that adds a colorful and rich flavor to any of your main dish meals. Indulgent and delicious, you cannot go wrong with this mouthwatering and tasty corn dish as your next favorite way to enjoy this buttery veggie. 
29
12,244
147
15 min
TOTAL TIME
541
CALORIES
$1.44
PER SERVING
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Homemade Cream Corn with Parmesan Cheese
Baking Mischief

My Favorite Easy Parmesan Orzo Side Dish

This easy Parmesan Orzo Side Dish is my favorite pasta side. It's quick and easy to make, so creamy, and absolutely delicious.
9
250
1
15 min
TOTAL TIME
333
CALORIES
$0.91
PER SERVING
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My Favorite Easy Parmesan Orzo Side Dish
Copykat Recipes

Make the Best Jojo Potatoes Ever

Enjoy this Southern classic battered and fried potato when you make it at home. 
1
5,159
73
25 min
TOTAL TIME
367
CALORIES
$0.39
PER SERVING
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Make the Best Jojo Potatoes Ever
Closet Cooking

Crispy Parmesan Roast Potatoes

Potatoes roasted with parmesan cheese that get all sort of nice and golden brown, crispy and good! Seriously better than french fries!
5
213.5k
618.0
30 min
TOTAL TIME
435
CALORIES
$3.30
PER SERVING
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Crispy Parmesan Roast Potatoes
The Woks of Life

Soy Butter Glazed King Oyster Mushrooms

These soy butter glazed king oyster mushrooms perfectly showcase these tasty, versatile, meaty mushrooms with a very simple recipe.
74
242
30 min
TOTAL TIME
164
CALORIES
$3.94
PER SERVING
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Soy Butter Glazed King Oyster Mushrooms
Sweet and Savory by Shinee

Cheesy Potato Pancakes

Delicately crispy crust + pillowy soft inside + ooey gooey cheese filling = DELICIOUS cheesy potato pancakes!
3
16,252
58
911
CALORIES
$1.97
PER SERVING
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Cheesy Potato Pancakes
White on Rice Couple

Easy Air Fryer Mushrooms

Add what ever spices you want to the mushrooms. They're great with a steak or on a vegetarian salad. If you have an oil spray, it's really helpful to add more oil if needed evenly. Drizzling oil only coats a few mushrooms. Investing in a good oil sprayer will use less oil but have more oil coverage ...
20
5,954
65
17 min
TOTAL TIME
109
CALORIES
$1.40
PER SERVING
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Easy Air Fryer Mushrooms
Run Lift Eat Repeat

Brown Butter Garlic Mushrooms

These brown butter garlic mushrooms are the perfect addition to any table, not just for the holidays! The flavor combination is unbeatable!
136
5
25 min
TOTAL TIME
163
CALORIES
$1.16
PER SERVING
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Brown Butter Garlic Mushrooms
The Gunny Sack

Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice

Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice is an easy low carb meal that is chock full of veggies! It’s so tasty your family won’t even miss the rice.
1,621
24
25 min
TOTAL TIME
318
CALORIES
$2.21
PER SERVING
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Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice
Every Little Crumb

Air Fryer Bell Peppers

Easy colorful bell peppers and onions roasted and charred to perfect in an air fryer, perfect for fajitas!
1
324
7
12 min
TOTAL TIME
75
CALORIES
$1.16
PER SERVING
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Air Fryer Bell Peppers
Air Fryer World

Air Fryer Garlic Zucchini

The thickness of the cut zucchini slices is the most important for determining cooking time and final texture. We find that cutting the zucchini into 1/2” or slightly thicker gives a great balance between browning the slices and cooking them through to be tender without being overly soft.
2
1,109
3
20 min
TOTAL TIME
101
CALORIES
$0.69
PER SERVING
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Air Fryer Garlic Zucchini
Home Made Hooplah

Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

The perfect side dish to any meal! Broccoli baked with olive oil and garlic then sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Only 122 calories per serving!
45
27,005
736
15 min
TOTAL TIME
128
CALORIES
$0.63
PER SERVING
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Garlic Parmesan Broccoli
Simply LaKita

Hibachi Vegetables

Hibachi Vegetables are made with fresh squash, mushrooms, and onions. It is the same Japanese style restaurant version in the comfort of your own home. Simple to make and with few ingredients.
3
264
1
25 min
TOTAL TIME
155
CALORIES
$1.09
PER SERVING
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Hibachi Vegetables
Jo Cooks

Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies

Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies - absolutely the easiest way to roast mushrooms, cauliflower, tomatoes and garlic Italian style. Simple and delicious.
238
12,316
283
30 min
TOTAL TIME
111
CALORIES
$1.84
PER SERVING
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Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies
What's Gaby Cooking

Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas

Need a quick recipe to use canned chickpeas, these Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas are incredible and super easy!
11
1,488
124
20 min
TOTAL TIME
1175
CALORIES
$3.12
PER SERVING
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Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas
RecipeTin Eats

Lemon Garlic Baked Ricotta

Super fast and easy to make, a fabulous dip / spread for your next party! Keep the topping garnishes simple or as creative as you want - I've provided some suggestions below.
11
550
1
20 min
TOTAL TIME
400
CALORIES
$0.36
PER SERVING
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Lemon Garlic Baked Ricotta
Daily Appetite

Skillet Cream Cheese Corn

Skillet Cream Cheese Corn Recipe. Take corn to a new level with a few simple ingredients. The perfect side dish to any dinner or potluck.
12
30
339
CALORIES
$0.77
PER SERVING
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Skillet Cream Cheese Corn
Isabel Eats

Spicy Chipotle Roasted Cauliflower

This Spicy Chipotle Roasted Cauliflower is roasted to crispy crunchy perfection making it the best low carb side dish ever!
5
821
1
30 min
TOTAL TIME
164
CALORIES
$1.46
PER SERVING
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Spicy Chipotle Roasted Cauliflower
Kim's Cravings

Simple Lemon Parsley Cauliflower Rice

An easy, healthy, tasty side dish that combines perfectly with so many options!
8
1,959
20
20 min
TOTAL TIME
102
CALORIES
$1.83
PER SERVING
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Simple Lemon Parsley Cauliflower Rice
The Novice Chef

Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

A quick side dish with lots of tangy-sweet goodness, these Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze are cooked to golden-brown perfection in just minutes.
1
159
17 min
TOTAL TIME
194
CALORIES
$1.28
PER SERVING
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Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze
Two Plaid Aprons

Garlic Bok Choy

These garlic bok choy is one of our absolute favorite vegetable side dishes for any meal, holidays, and gatherings! They are crisp, just garlicky enough, and even better topped with some homemade Chinese chili oil!
2
22
10 min
TOTAL TIME
241
CALORIES
$8.91
PER SERVING
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Garlic Bok Choy
Meiko And The Dish

Avocado Parmesan Grits

Avocado Parmesan Grits - you will be presently surprised by how delicious these grits are with addition of avocado adding more creaminess with each bite.
1
69
9
20 min
TOTAL TIME
783
CALORIES
$3.52
PER SERVING
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Avocado Parmesan Grits
Everyday Family Cooking

Roasted Carrots and Asparagus

Roasted carrots and asparagus are tender, sweetened with honey, and baked in the oven! It’s the perfect side dish and so easy to make.
12
4
30 min
TOTAL TIME
262
CALORIES
$2.28
PER SERVING
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Roasted Carrots and Asparagus
Food Network

Mexican Grilled Corn

This Mexican Grilled Corn recipe is the perfect summer side dish! Bursting with flavor, this easy-to-make recipe combines grilled corn with a spicy chili-lime butter, Cotija cheese, and cilantro. Serve this flavorful side dish at your next barbecue and you'll have your guests coming back for seconds...
57
25 min
TOTAL TIME
896
CALORIES
$1.61
PER SERVING
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Mexican Grilled Corn
Spend with Pennies

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Creamy, flavorful mashed sweet potatoes are so easy to make in the Instant Pot!
4
297
6
25 min
TOTAL TIME
243
CALORIES
$0.64
PER SERVING
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Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes