10 Healthy Veggie Sides Recipes to Serve with Dinner
Break out of the “boring veggies” rut! Try these 10 show-stealing veggie side dishes that kids will love.
Prepared in the right way, a vegetable side dish can be as delicious and filling as the main dish! A fresh cooking method, new flavors, and varied textures can make the difference for your picky eaters.
We strive to fill half our plates with fruits and veggies. And when you make your side a veggie that is full of flavor, it is much easier to fill half your plate with it! Check out these 10 Healthy Veggie Sides Recipes to serve with any of your main dish to make your meal complete!
Honey Roasted Butternut Squash
These sweet cubes make a deliciously sweet side dish with a great texture – a perfect way to serve squash to your kids for the first time!
Super Simple Spaghetti Squash
This is a great side dish to replace potatoes or pasta with a meal. Your kids will love watching the ‘spaghetti’ form – let them get involved by giving them 2 forks and scraping away the squash!
Crunchy Homemade Onion Rings
Even kids who may be hesitant about trying onions, may go for some baked onion rings! Skip the deep fryer and bake these for a healthy version that the entire family will love.
5 Delicious Ways to Cook Carrots
Sometimes it takes a different cooking method for kids to like a vegetable. If your kids don’t like raw carrots, try one of these ways to cook them! They are all different but delicious and produce a different flavor.
Brown Sugar Asparagus
This dish adds a lightness and also a sweetness to asparagus which can have a slightly bitter flavor. Kids are more familiar with the orange flavor and will enjoy the yummy flavor it adds to the asparagus.
Ultimate Roasted Broccoli
Roasted broccoli is the cooking method that has helped my kids fall in love with broccoli. If they are struggling eating veggies, I know I can fall back on roasted broccoli! This recipe from JoCooks adds some yummy ingredients making it even more delicious!
Cheesy Baked Zucchini Rounds
This simple 2 ingredient zucchini dish from Five Heart Home will become a regular on your menu. These bake at a relatively high temperature, making the zucchini get nice and soft, with an almost creamy texture, while the Parmesan turns crispy and golden brown.
Creamy Cauliflower Rice
Rice is a staple side dish for many meals, and this boosts the nutrition by using mostly cauliflower with a small amount of rice. This makes it a delicious familiar dish, but a powerhouse in the nutrition department.
Roasted Veggies with Savory Cheese Sauce
We have found that kids love dips and sauces and are much more likely to try things when they can dunk, or smother their veggies. This savory sauce is a pleaser for both kids and adults!
Quick and Easy Homemade Fries
A side of homemade fries goes well with many meals. Sometimes there just isn’t time when you are rushing to make dinner. This is one of our favorite shortcuts! Now you can have these as a side anytime even if you are short on time!
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I love looking at trends in cooking and good old recipes always to the circle
They all look yummy!
these dishes look awesome
I want to try Roasted Veggies with Savory Cheese Sauce it looks delicious, and the Spaghetti Squash, its so unique! Great idea for diet people! thank you so much!
Thanks so much for including my sweet potatoes!
A few are a must try!
Need these recipes badly
Tried the zucchini recipe. Easy to make and very tasty. Thanks
Thanks Salma! So glad you liked it!
The baked onion rings, cauliflower rice and the homemade fries recipes were instant hits with the kids!