5 Ingredient Side Dish Recipes

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Riced Cauliflower

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Need a unique side dish substitute to plain rice? Try this.

Bok Choy Stir Fry

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
This quick and easy recipe for bok choy stir fry goes nicely with any meat. I like to add 1/4 teaspoon chicken soup base (such as Penzey's®) to the hot bok choy. You can substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger for the fresh ginger, if desired.

Nancy's Butter Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
Butter beans with bacon are delicious.

V's Fried Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
Add some oomph to those boring mashed potatoes!

Creamy Morel Mushroom Grits

Rating: 4 stars 1
This is my favorite way to eat grits! Simple and delicious grits flavored with sauteed mushrooms and Parmesan cheese.

Roasted Butternut Squash Puree

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
This is very easy and healthy. It tastes like pumpkin pie!

Pan-Roasted Red Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars 8
Pan-roasting in duck fat gives these potatoes a luxurious flavor that can't be added any other way. These potatoes will step up your breakfast game and have everyone beg you to make them again and again! This also makes a wonderful breakfast dish; just serve alongside some eggs and bacon and you are all set!

Buttery Garlic Green Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 657
Try this easy, sautéed green bean recipe with a garlicky butter sauce.

Jamie's Sweet and Easy Corn on the Cob

Rating: 5 stars 429
Use a little sugar and lemon juice in the water to make the sweetest, quickest, tastiest boiled corn on the cob.

Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

Rating: 4.5 stars 1276
Roasted butternut squash with garlic is a quick and easy side dish ready in less than an hour for a weeknight or a holiday gathering.

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5-Ingredient Summer Side Dishes
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Roasted Green Beans
Rating: 4.5 stars 244

Green beans roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper until caramelized.