Side Dish Recipes

Spring Strawberry and Asparagus Quinoa

This salad is light and refreshing but also substantial enough to be a main dish or lunch entree.  It features some of my favorite spring produce, asparagus, strawberries and peas an it is so delicious!  Also it is packed with fiber, protein and nutrients so you can feel good about serving this to your family!

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing is an essential part of being Minnesotan.  I loved it growing up, so now I make a healthier one with a tofu base!  The tofu acts as a blank canvas that can be transformed into something just as delicious as traditional ranch dressing!  My favorite way to serve this is with a crisp romaine salad, but it is really good with any raw veggies for dipping or drizzling over them!

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Mango Beet Salad

I love beets in any season, but I especially love them in the spring!  This salad combines them with sweet mangoes, arugula and some vegan feta for a flavorful and delicious side dish or light main dish.  This would be the perfect addition to your Easter meal for something colorful and healthy!

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Roasted Asparagus and Green Beans with Lemon Tahini Sauce

The spring is the perfect time to enjoy asparagus!  My favorite way to enjoy it is roasted with a little olive oil and sea salt.  Here, I combine it with green beans and drizzle a tangy lemon tahini sauce for a delicious combination!  This would be perfect for an Easter side dish!

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Crispy Oven Fried Broccoli

I am a big fan of fried cauliflower, so I thought why not try broccoli as well!  However, I like to make it healthier than frying it in a bunch of oil, so I bake mine instead and it still comes out nice and crispy!  I serve it here with a lemon tahini dipping sauce and it is so delicious!  Not only that, you get your daily fiber and a satisfying snack all in one!

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Winter Chopped Kale Salad

Just because it is winter, does not mean you can’t enjoy veggie packed salads!  We could all use a bit more vitamins from our food this time of the year, which is why I like to make things like this Chopped Kale Salad!  It is easy to make, but packed with nutrients, and so delicious!  I like to make a batch, then eat it in my lunches I take to work for the week with some edamame or tofu served on top for more protein!

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Warm Roasted Squash and Pomegranate Salad

I love roasted squash in the cooler months!  It is packed with nutrients and has a naturally sweet flavor.  This salad combines it with colorful pomegranate seeds, and a tangy spicy dressing.  It is healthy, delicious and perfect for serving with your holiday meal!

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Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a holiday classic I enjoyed growing up so now as an adult, I make a veganized version!  The original one used a can of cream of mushroom soup and green beans, but for mine I make my own mushroom sauce and use frozen green beans and I think it tastes even better! Plus it is gluten and dairy free!

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Rosemary Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables

One of my favorite things to enjoy during the cooler months is root vegetables!  They are good for you, and really delicious!  I think they taste the best when roasted, because it brings out all of their sweet flavor.  They make the perfect side dish, and would even be great for Thanksgiving dinner!

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Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas

When the weather starts to get cooler, I love roasting vegetables to enjoy them warm instead of just cold in a salad.  This Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas is easy to make, healthy and so good!  It is packed with fiber, nutrients, and contains anti inflammatory benefits thanks to the turmeric!  This makes a nice side dish alongside something with protein, or it could even be a lighter main dish if you wanted to make it two servings, since the chickpeas have protein.

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