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Easy to Make Vegetable Sides

Updated on December 30, 2010

Nutritious and Easy to Make Vegetable Side Recipes to Include in your Meals

Vegetables taste great, they go with virtually any meal, and we all need more of them. So why aren't we eating more veggies? Vegetables aren't as convenient as something you can take right out of a box or container, and they require preparation time. However, this small amount of preparation time, which is usually only 5-10 minutes, is far worth the effort. Vegetables fill you up faster, provide necessary fiber, are naturally low calorie, and may have some affects on preventing cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Here are five easy to make vegetable sides that you can make in a snap, and they'll compliment many meals!

Sauteed Mushroom & Bell Pepper

Fresh, tasty, and goes with virtually any dish!

A great easy way to get in your daily recommended servings of vegetables


2 Tbsp. olive oil

5 cups fresh washed mushrooms, sliced, any variety

1 green bell pepper, 1 red bell pepper, cut and deseeded.

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tbsp dried rosemary

A pinch of coarse ground black pepper

1 tsp minced garlic


In a large saucepan or skillet, heat the oil on medium. Saute the vegetables for 5 minutes until lightly brown. Add the remainder of the ingredients and cook for approximately another 5 minutes. Do not overcook, the dried spices easily burn.

Choose local produce for the freshest flavor

Choose local produce for the freshest flavor
Choose local produce for the freshest flavor

Lemon Pepper Cauliflower

Fresh spring herbs give it huge flavor!

Cauliflower has a versatile taste that allows it to be used with many herbs, spices, soups, and even dairy. This recipe calls for lemon and fresh mint to give it a clean, appetizing taste.


-1 pound cauliflower florets cut small and steamed

-2 teaspoons of lemon juice

-1 teaspoon of coarse ground black pepper

-Approximately 10 fresh basil leaves, cut

-10 large fresh mint leaves, cut


-In a large saucepancook the lemon juice until hot. Add the florets and cook on medium for about 2 minutes to infuse the flavor.

-Add the remainder of the ingredients and cook for about one minute until the dish is completely warmed. Serve immediately.

Vegetable Primavera

A great veggie side, or make more for a complete meal!

Primavera is always tasty, but it doesn't have to be loaded with fat and carbs! Try the carbless version once in a while to cut some calories and boost your veggie intake.


-4 Tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese

-1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

-2 tablespoons olive oil

-1 tablespoon minced garlic

-1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

-1/2 cup plain yogurt (fat free saves more calories!)

-10 large basil leaves, cut

-1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

-1/8 teaspoon sea salt

-1 cup steamed broccoli florets

-1 cup sliced steamed carrots

-1 cup sliced steamed zucchini

-2 large fresh tomatoes, cut into small wedges

-1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, cut into small pieces and simmered in 1 tbsp. olive oil for 12 minutes


-Place the yogurt, cheese lemon zest, oil, salt, garlic, vinegar and pepper in a large saucepan. Cook on low until warm. Stir constantly to avoid burning.

-Saute the remainder of the ingredients in a saucepan until vegetables are tender but slightly crispy.

-Combine the yogurt cheese mixture with the veggies and heat the mixture for 1 minute. Top with additional cheese if desired and serve immediately.

Making Rice or Pasta?

Adding a few veggies to your existing rice or pasta recipe is a simple way to get more veggies into your diet.

Do you get enough veggies? Try making one of these sides!

Do you get enough veggies? Try making one of these sides!
Do you get enough veggies? Try making one of these sides!

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Baked Cheesy Tomatoes

A tasty, cheesy veggie (ok, fruit) side dish that's incredibly easy to make!

Tomatoes are a versatile fruit, and we all know it's confused as being a vegetable often. This makes it easy to pair with any dish from beef to chicken, pizza dough to simply cooking it with other veggies! This tomato recipe is simple, and has great flavor, especially when the tomatoes are in full peak summer flavor.


-1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (or 1 tablespoon dried basil)

-1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic

-1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

-1/8 teaspoon salt

-1/4 cup parmesan cheese

-1/4 cup mozarella cheese

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-2 fresh tomatoes cut in half

-1/8 cup Italian breadcrumbs


1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is preheating, arrange the halved tomatoes on a glass pan or deep cookie sheet.

2. Mix the pepper, basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and olive oil in a bowl. Spread the mixture over the tomatoes evenly.

3. Top each tomato with the breadcrumbs, then sprinkle the mozarella cheese evenly over the tomatoes.

4. Bake the tomatoes for about 5-8 minutes, until the cheese melts and is a light golden brown. Tomatoes will be very hot! Serve immediately (with caution!).

Delicious Vegetable Recipes - Watch these videos to learn how to make these tasty veggies!

Not a veggie...

Tomatoes and mushrooms aren't vegetables, but they go perfectly with many veggies in recipes. Sauteed mushrooms and tomatoes, along with peppers, and onions, are always great to have on hand precooked for omelettes, pasta, pizza, rice.

Fried Zucchini

Easy, tasty and the perfect appetizer!

This dish is great for both a side and as an appetizer! Yes, it's fried, but if you can cut down on the amount of olive oil you use, this can be a delicious treat once in a while!


-1 whole fresh zucchini, washed and peeled

-4 Tbsp. olive oil

-2 eggs

-Italian breadcrumbs (or add basil and oregano to regular breadcrumbs)

-Warmed marinara*


-Cut the entire zucchini widthwise into 1/2" thick pieces (so they're coin shaped).

-Heat the olive oil in a frying pan under medium heat until the oil starts to sizzle but not burn.

-Dip each slice of zucchini into the two beaten eggs. Immediately dip the slices into the breadcrumbs.

-Place the slices in the frying pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides, approximately 8 minutes. Serve with warm marinara.

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      good and tasty suggestions!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Hubby is rather picky about the veggies I try to feed him -- however, when it comes to veggies, I'm like Mickey -- I'll eat about anything well except okra!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice lens 5*

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      poutine 9 years ago

      I'll have to try to fry zucchinis, never had them before.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Yummeeeeeeeee, I love veggies and they are usually my main course too! Recipes look good, gonna have to try them - Kathy

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      jfield 9 years ago

      Great methods for cooking these veggies. My husband and I are trying to be better about eating our vegetable (okay, mostly just me--he already loves them:) Thanks for the good ideas!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I love veggies and often have them as the main course.

      Great lens


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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Gorgeous veggie photos! Thanks for adding this to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Great lens! I do love my veggies! Will try a few of these super recipes!