5 Ingredient Side Dish Recipes

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Riced Cauliflower

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Need a unique side dish substitute to plain rice? Try this.

Bok Choy Stir Fry

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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

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Butter beans with bacon are delicious.

V's Fried Mashed Potatoes

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Add some oomph to those boring mashed potatoes!

Creamy Morel Mushroom Grits

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This is my favorite way to eat grits! Simple and delicious grits flavored with sauteed mushrooms and Parmesan cheese.

Roasted Butternut Squash Puree

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This is very easy and healthy. It tastes like pumpkin pie!

Pan-Roasted Red Potatoes

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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!

Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

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Butternut squash is so good on its own, that barely any seasoning is needed. This recipe is so simple and easy.

Buttery Garlic Green Beans

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Only fresh green beans and garlic will do for this easy, healthy, and flavorful side dish.

Roasted Green Beans

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A great alternative to fast-food French fries. My family and friends love these as a snack or hors d'oeuvre. No matter how many I make, it's never enough!

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

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Beautifully crusty on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, just like a great baked potato should be! Serve them with your favorite topping, like sour cream, butter, or chives.

Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Garlic Kale

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Kale is supposed to have cancer-fighting properties. I love it, but my husband hates it. Cooking it this way is the only way he'll eat it.

Parmesan-Roasted Tomatoes

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A delicious vegetable side dish that goes with pretty much anything.