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6 Vegetable Side Dish Recipes To Spice Up Your Meals

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Need a different side dish option that’s not a potato?

I get bored easily with eating the same thing over and over again. If this is true for you as well, or you just want some new tasty vegetable side dishes to spice up your meals, here are 6 of my favourites.


Brussel Sprouts

Serves 4



4 cups Brussels sprouts, quartered

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 large clove of garlic

Pinch of dried chili flakes

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning



Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, chili flakes and Brussels sprouts. Reduce heat to medium and sauté until Brussels sprouts are tender.


Cauliflower Mash

Serves 4



1 head cauliflower

½ cup soy or almond milk

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 garlic clove

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper



Steam cauliflower florets in steamer basket and steam until tender. Transfer all ingredients into blender or food processor and blend until smooth.



Serves 2



1 pound spinach, washed and stemmed

1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2-3 garlic cloves, chopped



Pre-heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the oil. Add the garlic, stirring continuously for 1 minute. Add the spinach, turning it until it is wilted.


Roasted Root Vegetables

Serves 4



2 large carrots

1 large sweet potato, cubed

2 large red potatoes, cubed

1 tablespoon each of cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika

2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and stir together until vegetables are thoroughly coated with spices. Spread out on baking sheet and cook in oven for 20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.


Roasted Beets

Serves 4



3 large beets, thinly sliced

¼ sesame tahini

Juice of 1 lime

Zest of 1 lime

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil + extra for roasting beets

½ cup apple cider vinegar

1 inch piece of fresh ginger, skin removed

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 clove of garlic,



Preheat oven to 400 F.

Start with roasting the beets. Place sliced beets into a large mixing bowl and toss with a couple tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Mix until thoroughly coated. Lay them out onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until they start to turn dark and little crispy around the edges. Flip them halfway through the cooking time.

While the beets are roasting, making the dip. Place the garlic and ginger into a food processor and process until minced. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Remove from food processor, scraping down the sides and place in a serving bowl.

Remove beets from oven, place on a serving platter and serve with sauce.


BBQ Cauliflower

Serves 4


1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Cayenne pepper, to taste (I use about ¼ teaspoon)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (if you are concerned about this not being vegetarian, there are vegan options available)

Black pepper, to taste

2 small head of cauliflower, broken into bite sized pieces



Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients, except for the cauliflower, until sauce is smooth.

Add cauliflower to bowl and mix until cauliflower is thoroughly coated. Add more vinegar for desired consistency and double or triple the recipe for larger portions.

Larger portions will keep in the fridge for about a week.

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