Fuss-Free Side Dishes

Turn your main dish into a meal with these tasty sides, ranging from quick-fix ideas to recipes that whip up with just a few ingredients.

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    Roasted Vegetables & Chickpeas

    Roasting brings out the sweetness and boosts the flavor of fall vegetables in this hearty side dish that costs just 43 cents per serving.

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    Autumn Couscous Bowl

    This quick side-dish recipe is brimming with fall flavors -- butternut squash, cauliflower, and thyme.

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    Sweet Potato Hash

    The classic Southern dish gets a Mexican spin with chipotle salsa, avocado, and black beans. Sweet potatoes boost the flavor.

    Start to finish: 25 minutes

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    So-Easy Side: Brown Rice

    Watch how to whip up a big batch of brown rice to serve alongside any entree.

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    Corn Bread

    Corn bread makes a stellar side dish for any Mexican meal. Best of all, it's made with ingredients you'll likely have in your pantry.

    Start to finish: 25 minutes

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    Slow-Baked Tomatoes with Garlic & Mint

    Tomatoes become a mouthwatering side when simmered in garlic, olive oil, fresh mint, and coarse salt.

    Start to finish: 60 minutes

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    Couscous & Squash

    Top couscous with grilled zucchini, yellow squash, red onion, and cauliflower. Lime zest brightens the dish.

    Start to finish: 30 minutes

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    Braised Cabbage with Spicy Croutons

    Fiery crushed red pepper gives this easy side dish a little heat. Simply chop the cabbage and saute with seasonings.

    Start to finish: 28 minutes

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    Artichoke Flatbread

    Fresh spinach, crumbled goat cheese, artichoke hearts, and fresh tomato top crispy whole wheat flatbread to make pizza that grills in just 4 minutes.

    Start to finish: 19 minutes

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    How to Roast Vegetables

    With just a few pantry ingredients, you can cook up a delicious, nutritious side dish. Watch how.

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    Green Beans with Peppers

    Accent basic green beans and peppers with grilled pineapple rings for a stylish side dish that's fuss-free.

    Start to finish: 32 minutes

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    Lemon Veggie Couscous

    Cooking this zucchini- and red pepper-flecked couscous in chicken broth gives the dish extra flavor, while bits of lemon zest add a refreshing twist.

    Start to finish: 25 minutes

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    Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Your slow cooker does the work in making this potato dish that's seasoned with garlic and chicken broth.

    Start to finish: 6 hours (slow cooker)

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    Good & Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

    With a baking time of just 10 minutes, this low-fat, whole grain dish gets a flavor update from onion and a small package of light semisoft garlic and herb cheese.

    Start to finish: 35 minutes

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    Crumb-Topped Vegetables

    Cheese crackers add delightful crunch to these Parmesan- and thyme-seasoned green beans.

    Start to finish: 10 minutes

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    Fruit & Broccoli Salad

    Simply toss vinaigrette with grapes, broccoli slaw mix, apples, and walnuts, and chill for 1 hour to make this refreshingly tangy side salad.

    Start to finish: 1 hour

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    Baked Butternut Squash with Thyme

    This rich butternut squash recipe takes just four ingredients and two steps; the oven does the rest.

    Start to finish: 40 minutes

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