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Old 06-17-2008, 07:33 PM
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I'm in a side dish rut for our dinners

I am in such a side dish rut for dinner--I can come up with really good main dishes but the sides really lack any interest. My family is picky-they like lots of pastas and rices and will eat few potato dishes. Other than pasta with sauce or gravy, rice w/gravy or mashed or baked potatoes, I need some new ideas. I can also squeeze in salads once in a while, too.

Any suggestions?
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I know what you mean! I have one who won't eat white sauces, one who won't eat spagetti and one who wants real food! I finally broke out the mac & cheese tonight for lack of better ideas. I would love some new recipes especially since school will be out soon.
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Tami, we are not big potato eaters here, although I will say that as Big DS has gotten older, he's more willing to eat various potato dishes.

Some other side-dish options are fried rice (here's another expandable recipe), couscous, orzo (you can make this recipe without the chicken and it makes a great side), or "stove top" stuffing.

"Stuffed potatoes" are a fun, different option, and you can customize the stuffings to suit different tastebuds.

Because of the wide age range in my house, I have generally had at least one child at any given time who was anti-sauce or gravy. I tend to keep a little of the starch & vegetables completely plain (before adding sauces) and then serve them to that child.

Alternatively, and this is easy in summer, there's always fresh produce! My kids love raw vegetable strips with ranch dressing for "dip." I figure that a raw vegetable is as good or better than a cooked one, and I keep a good stock of those around in summertime. (Also, there's less to cook and fewer pots to wash--BONUS!

Cooked, LOL, what are you looking for when you say "one wants real food!"
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. I think you can understand what I am trying to say! lol
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Cooked, does your family like cold salads? Here are some ideas:

Vegetable dips (maybe you'll find a sauce here that your kids can agree on!)

Sides and Salads

Last night I made this Chicken Divan recipe, and some bow-tie pasta on the side. Some of us served the chicken right over the pasta, while others had them separate. Dishes like that make it easy for anti-sauce people to segregate their food! LOL! We do the same with other recipes that include sauce, like Teriyaki Chops, Spanish Garlic Shrimp, and Hawaiian Chicken which I serve as a main dish over rice.

I have to admit that I do not fuss much with side dishes. My family really prefers "plain" sides with our meals. One exception is Brazilian rice which goes with a lot of different entrees.
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I need some side dishes for like when I make up tacoes ect??
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Mish, the Brazilian Rice would be delicious with tacos. Other options are mac & cheese, Chico Spicy Potatoes, Potato Smashers, Easy Baked Beans, Cheesy Rice & Broccoli, Cheesy Potatoes or Campbell's Fiesta Rice. Add some corn on the cob and you're all set!
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Thanks for all of these great recipes, Barb! I'm definitely going to check these out.

I agree with the fresh veggies..if they will eat them, that works for me!!
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Barb--I am going to be grilling Brats this weekend and would like to serve something different for a side dish besides the old stand by--baked beans. Any suggestions for a easy side dish?
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If you just want a new twist on your baked beans, you could try Dr. Pepper Baked Beans. They're a different but delicious bean dish.

Cole slaw also goes great with brats. Here are some recipes:
KFC Cole Slaw
Once-a-month-cooking Cole Slaw
Hill's Slaw (a no-mayo variety that's absolutely delicious)

Going with a German theme? How about some German Potato Salad? Here's a lowfat version too!

This Bulgarian salad is great with brats. Friends of mine serve it all the time with brats and any other picnic dishes.

Here's a whole thread on Oktoberfest foods that might give you some ideas too!

I also think that any of the sides I suggested for tacos would work pretty well with brats as well.
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