Side Dishes

If that be a salad, vegetable sides, or a mac and cheese, these Side Dish Recipes are the perfect complement to any meal. Reader favorites include Italian Stuffed Artichokes, Japanese Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Lebanese Rice Pilaf With Vermicelli

Italian Stuffed Artichoke

Italian Stuffed Artichokes

These Italian stuffed artichokes are made with simple pantry ingredients and result in the most comforting, crowd-pleasing side dish recipe. You know those recipes you make that immediately transport you to another time, perhaps another kitchen or another place? These Italian stuffed artichokes do just that for me: they take …

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Turkish Eggplant Salsa

Turkish Eggplant Salsa

This smoky Turkish eggplant salsa made with tomatoes and red peppers can be served hot, cold, or room temperature.  My husband and I love eating out at a local Turkish restaurant here in Grand Rapids. In typical Liz fashion, I am always more interested in the appetizers than the entire rest …

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Quinoa Pilaf with Mirepoix

Quinoa Pilaf with Mirepoix

A simple yet delicious side dish, this Quinoa Pilaf with Mirepoix is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free! I like to keep things interesting at our dinner table by not always serving the same old sides of rice or salad. If a side is simple enough that I can focus most of …

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Lebanese eggplant salad

Lebanese Eggplant Salad

This chilled Lebanese eggplant salad is made with tender, smoky baked eggplant, green onions, garlic, and lemon juice. It’s delicious on its own or served with warm pita bread. I bet you never thought there were so many ways to enjoy eggplant, did you? It’s one of my favorite foods …

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Cuban black beans and rice

Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Cuban Black Beans and Rice is a simple, satisfying side dish packed with protein and bursting with Latin flavors like garlic, oregano, and cumin. One of the many reasons I love to travel is because it exposes me to cuisines from around the world. After recent visits to Miami and …

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Dipping crispy oven baked egg roll

Crispy Oven Baked Egg Rolls

These healthy and delicious homemade baked egg rolls are filled with a fragrant mixture of pork and vegetables and baked until crispy. You’d never know they aren’t deep fried! My boys absolutely LOVE egg rolls. However, they are often deep-fried which adds to some unhealthy fats and calories. My solution? …

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Greek Spinach Rice Side Dish Recipe

Greek Spinach Rice

Greek Spinach Rice is a 15-minute side dish recipe made with just a few simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Perfect for serving with roast chicken, grilled lamb, or broiled fish. In need of a new, quick side dish? My Greek Spinach Rice recipe is a great way …

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Greek Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Greek Roasted Vegetables

These Greek roasted vegetables are a quick and easy vegetarian side dish recipe made with eggplant, potatoes, onions, and other veggies baked until caramelized in olive oil and fresh herbs. I’m always looking for new side dish recipes that squeeze in a serving or two of vegetables. A recipe that …

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Grilled garlic bread bruschetta

Grilled Garlic Bread Bruschetta

Looking for a flavorful twist on classic bruschetta? This Grilled Garlic Bread Bruschetta recipe will satisfy your cravings. With perfectly toasted bread, topped with a zesty tomato mixture and a hint of garlic, this easy-to-make dish is a crowd-pleaser for any gathering. If you ask me what a perfect side …

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Cucumber zucchini salad

Cucumber Zucchini Salad

This raw cucumber zucchini salad with a lemon basil vinaigrette is a fun and healthy way to enjoy the fresh flavors of summer. Every summer is farmers market heaven in West Michigan. On the weekends, I sneak out early so that I can beat the crowds and stroll the stands. …

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Greek Brown Rice Salad

This Greek brown rice salad is given a Mediterranean twist with cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, creamy feta, and Kalamata olives. Greek salad and all of it’s salty, crunchy, creamy, briny goodness is one of my go-to favorite ways to serve whole grains. Not many dishes allow you to serve such …

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Mediterranean Chopped Salad

This fresh and flavorful Mediterranean chopped salad is made with juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and fresh herbs tossed in olive oil, za’atar and lemon. Ideal for serving with chicken, salmon, lamb or wrapped in a pita with hummus. Did you know that May is national salad month? Since salads are …

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Stewed green beans

Stewed Green Beans

Cooked in a delicious tomato sauce, stewed green beans are a classic side dish and one of the most simple recipes to make at home. Simple recipes can still be delicious and keep you coming back to them again and again. Today’s recipe is inspired by a love for simplicity …

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Middle Eastern Syrian Salad

This flavorful Middle Eastern Syrian Salad is dressed in lemon juice, fresh garlic, olive oil, and mint. I grew up shadowing my Great Aunt Vieve as she would prepare this delicious, fresh, and addictive Lebanese salad. Dressing the salad directly on the greens, I sat in awe as she seasoned, …

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Wheat Berry Salad with Feta

This delicious whole grain salad recipe is made with chewy wheat berries, crunchy veggies and creamy feta. Great warm, cold or room temperature, this whole grain salad is ideal for prepping ahead and enjoying all week long! Eating lots of leafy greens is very good for you, but eating the …

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