12 Easy Veggie Sides That Are So Good You Could Skip The Main Dish


I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly working to be more healthy this 2016, so we all know what that means. I’m going to be eating plenty of vegetables.

And if lots and lots of veggies are in your future, too, you’re going to want to check out these 12 easy to make side dishes that are so good, you could almost make a stand-alone meal out of them.

A common misconception of vegetables is that they’re flavorless, but these recipes will show you how to pack your greens with savory spices and even sweetness to make them taste delicious.

Behold— 12 better ways to eat vegetables because it doesn’t have to feel like a chore.

1. Roasted Corn & Poblano Salad With Chipotle Vinaigrette

This corn salad is packed with flavor and will be the perfect accompaniment to that skinny margarita of yours. Get the recipe.

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2. Spicy Maple Glazed Carrots

Sweet and spicy all at the same time, this sounds like the most delicious way to eat carrots, if you ask me. Get the recipe.

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3. Cilantro-Lime Roasted Cauliflower

Red pepper flakes, lime juice and cilantro combine to make one tasty cauliflower dish. Get the recipe.

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4. Steamed Cauliflower With Curry Butter & Toasted Almonds

Curry butter adds flavor to this cauliflower side while almonds give it a nice crunch. That’s one unexpected, but delicious way to eat veggies, and it sounds pretty darn good to me. Get the recipe.

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5. Ranch Roasted Carrots

Parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper combine to make a salty, savory rub for carrots. All of the ranch flavor, without all of the calories of dressing. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Get the recipe.

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6. Parmesan Zucchini & Corn

Spices, lime juice and freshly grated parmesan make the unlikely combo of zucchini and corn even more yummy. Get the recipe.

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7. Parmesan Bacon Green Beans

Parmesan and bacon make excellent spaghetti toppings, but putting them on top of green beans is way healthier. I can switch the noodles for green beans, can’t you? Get the recipe.

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8. Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Paprika and cayenne pepper combine with brown sugar to give potatoes a flavor that’s more spicy than sweet. Get the recipe.

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9. Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Mushrooms stuffed with fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes make one savory, tasty side dish. I bet it’d pair well with a steak. Annnd now I know what I’m having for dinner. Get the recipe.

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10. Honey Roasted Butternut Squash With Cranberries & Feta

Cinnamon, cranberries and feta perfectly balance each other for a sweet, yet savory way to eat squash. Get the recipe.

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11. Cucumber Salad

Vinegar and sugar give just the right amount of flavor to this healthy side dish. Get the recipe.

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12. Brussel Sprout Sweet Potato Hash

Bacon, garlic and bread crumbs add even more flavor and texture to this healthy comfort food-type side dish. Get the recipe.


Here’s to all of the veggies you’ll be eating now that you’ve got these recipes to make “healthy” taste way better than you ever thought it could.

[h/t: Greatist]

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