Simple Veggie Side Dishes

Coconut Creamed Corn

Coconut creamed corn

The flavors of corn and coconut are deliciously compatible. This is a wonderful way to use fresh corn when it’s abundant, and the novelty of having it on the cob or roasted has worn off. The most time-consuming part of this, by which I mean all of 5 minutes or less, is stripping the corn kernels off the cob. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Asparagus with Mustard-Dill Sauce

Asparagus on table

I think about this recipe all winter, as I look forward to spring. It only takes ten minutes to prepare. Recipe by Devra Gartenstein, from Local Bounty: Seasonal Vegan Recipes, by permission of The Book Publishing Company. more→

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Spicy Stir-Fried Sesame Broccoli

Simple stir-fried sesame broccoli

No matter what time of year, it seems like my family can’t get enough of broccoli, a favorite green veggie. Red pepper flakes—to your personal taste—give the dish a spark of heat in this speedy preparation. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Orange-Glazed Beets

Orange-glazed beets

A citrus glaze is a great way to enhance the natural flavor of beets. This is a great way to use beets when they’re plentiful at the farm market or from your home garden. They’re great in the winter, too. Serve this simple preparation warm or at room temperature.  more→

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Cider-Braised Brussels Sprouts

Cider-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This recipe uses the sweetness of autumn cider to mellow the flavor of the sprouts. From The Cleaner Plate Club* by Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin (Storey Publishing, 2011). more→

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Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding Don’t be fooled by the term “pudding.” The texture of this Appalachian dish is more like creamed corn meets quiche than that of dessert pudding. The outer layer is just firm enough so that you can cut into it like a quiche, but it becomes smooth and velvety once you take a bite. It’s so rich and decadent you’ll deny it’s healthy. Contributed by Lindsay S. Nixon, from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook* (note—for holiday meals, like Thanksgiving, this recipe doubles easily. Use two 9-inch pie dishes rather than one large casserole dish). more→

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Simple Summer Squash Sauté with Dried Tomatoes and Basil

Summer squash sauté

This easy sauté calls for zucchini and yellow summer squashes, which are available year-round, but any tender squash, such as pattypan, eight-ball zucchini, etc., may be substituted or added. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Broccoli and Baby Corn Stir-Fry

Broccoli, snow peas, and baby corn stir-fry

Here’s an easy and colorful side dish to accompany Asian noodle main dishes. It’s especially good with just-picked broccoli from the garden or farm stand. more→

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