Most people think first of the main dish when planning a meal but, side dishes are what make a main dish a meal, a good side dish can make or break a meal! A side dish, sometimes referred to as a side order or simply a side, is a food item that accompanies the entree or main course at a meal. A side usually refers to a smaller portion served as a side dish, rather than a large main dish serving. For example, a “side salad” is usually served in a small bowl or salad plate, in contrast to a large dinner-plate-sized entree salad.
Side dishes can be hearty or healthy, hot, cold, and just about anything you can think of, pasta, rice, couscous, beans, vegetables, fruit, salad, potatoes, soups and bread, all of these foods make fantastic side dishes that complement a variety of main dishes.
Simple additions can give your side dishes a little something extra. Try adding a few fresh or dried herbs to mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables for extra flavor. Add sauces to your side dishes to create elegant additions to the meal, and add a bit of fresh lemon, lime, or orange juice to fresh vegetables to bring out their flavor and color. Cook or dress your pasta with flavored oil, such as garlic oil, to take it from bland to outstanding.
Some Side Dish Ideas:
- Try adding dried fruit, nuts, or chopped vegetables (such as green onions, garlic, broccoli, or others) to cooked rice. It will give the rice something extra and added texture.
- Cooking vegetables too much will make them mushy and tasteless. Cook until they are still a bit crispy, and they’ll taste better and retain more of their vitamins and nutrition.
- Create non-traditional type side dishes like stuffing or fresh fruit to add variety to your weekday meals. Have fun and experiment!
- Don’t forget the crock-pot, Crock Pots aren’t just for main dishes; you can create a variety of side dishes and casseroles in Crock Pots, too!
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Camala and Christine