10 Last Minute Sides
If you’re hosting holiday dinner this year, you’re likely scrambling to come up with tasty and impressive foods that your friends and relatives will love. If cooking is one of the last things on your list because of all the other tasks you have to accomplish this season, here are 10 last-minute side dishes that can help make dinner a success.
1. Roasted Vegetables
Choose your favorite seasonal root vegetables like carrots, potatoes or squash and slice them before placing them on a cookie sheet. Cover the vegetables with olive oil, sea salt an fresh herbs and let them roast for about an hour while you set the table or clean the house.
2. Sauteed Vegetables
If you’ve only got a few minutes before guests show up, sautée spinach, green beans or kale in olive oil and/or butter and throw in cashews or walnuts for crunch. You can also include ingredients like sun dried tomatoes for added flavor and color.
3. Bean Salad
A three-bean or white bean salad is a tasty side dish that takes just minutes to prepare. A blend of your favorite oil and vinegar for dressing and additional veggies like onions and bell peppers add color and taste to this dish.
4. Couscous or Quinoa
Quinoa or couscous serves as a delicious alternative to rice. You can make this side dish more interesting by adding ingredients like slivered almonds and dried apricots or cranberries for crunch and a hint of sweetness.
5. Grilled Veggies
If you have a stovetop grill, use it to prepare the vegetables that will be the side dish for your holiday dinner. Spray the grill with oil and add asparagus, carrots, radishes, potatoes or corn on the cob. Season to taste for a simple dish that makes dinner complete.
6. Wedge Salad
Serve guests a wedge of quality lettuce with ranch dressing or a homemade dressing of your choice for a fancy, steakhouse feel.
7. Curried Vegetables
Veggies seasoned with curry are earthy, smokey and go great with a holiday roast. Curried green beans, carrots or peas also make great side dishes for vegetarian meals.
Top store-bought flat bread with sun dried tomato spread, hummus or tapenade for a side dish that can also serve as an appetizer. Or, spread herb butter on the flat bread and serve them in place of rolls.
9.Sauteed Vegetables with Roasted Nuts
Sautee kale or green beans with walnuts or brazil nuts for a a savory and protein-rich side dish.
You can’t go wrong with sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil topped with balsamic vinaigrette. The colors are festive and will make the dinner table decor stand out.