Side dish dinner

When I was younger and first started going out to restaurants with friends, there were very limited vegetarian options. Things have really changed and I can go pretty much anywhere and eat an entree. But I often don’t.

I love side dishes, and will often make a meal out of them, even at home. I did this the other night! It’s so easy and quick, and it gives you a lot of variety on one plate.

Side Dish Dinner:

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Cayenne Roasted Asparagus
  • Roasted Carrots
  • A piece of garlic toast (because. why not!)

Mashed Potatoes: I started by turning two yellow potatoes into Mashed Potatoes. I follow this step-by-step. My changes were that I only used 2 potatoes w/the skins on, 1/4 cup nonfat milk, and only a little dab of smart balance faux-butter.

Next up, Cayenne Roasted Asparagus

Step 1: Wash the asparagus and snap off the dead ends.
Step 2: Coat a sheet w/ Pam, plop the asparagus on the pan in a single file line.
Step 3: Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of cayenne along with a tiny bit of salt on the asparagus. 
Step 4: Plop in a pre-heated 400°  for about 7 minutes.

I also made roasted carrots, find the recipe on this very blog! Right here.

All together with the toasted garlic toast.

Try this dinner with my or your favorite vegetable sides, ASAP!

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5 responses to “Side dish dinner

  1. Yummy!!!

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  3. Valerie Jones

    I like vegetables and I want to eat more meatless meals, but I’m always short on inspiration and somehow feel like I need to make some big production out of it. I love the side dish dinner idea– both satisfying and pretty simple.

    • Vegetarian meals can be elaborate, but I like to keep it simple over here! I think an easy way to get started is make some of your favorite meals or casseroles without meat, but add more vegetables!

      I should have also noted that a dinner of side dishes is extremely filling! A lot of times non-vegetarians think they can’t get full without meat. This (and most) meals prove otherwise!

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