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sides for dinner

I need some new side idea's for dinners. We normally have either mac and cheese, mashed, baked, or boiled potatos with some sort of veggie usually green beans, spinish, asparagus, brocoli, corn and peas.
I know the kids are not tired of these choices but I am. Please if you have a suggestion will you include the recipe and how to, thanks.

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Asked by kristinmamaof2 at 1:31 PM on Apr. 15, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • My hubby just had me make something good that I was frowning on..It was fish sticks with melted cheese from the can..It was actually really good. Also. cook chicken breast and cut into bite size, mix in a bowl with salsa,ranch,green onion,garlic, cream cheese, and sour cream. Put just a bit of BBQ in a tortilla shell, top with some of the mixture, top with cheese. Roll up and I grill them in my grill pan. Yummo!!


    Answer by bizima4 at 1:37 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • I love friggione, it's a potato dish with peppers. Here is the recipe

    Also, how about rice and beans, egg noodles with beef or mushroom gravy, polenta ...

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 4:50 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • Different flavored rices...herb and garlic, pilaf, seasoned, etc. Knorr's and Lipton make several "instant" varieties.

    Roasted bell peppers...sliced or halved

    Pierogies (like sauce free raviolis but filled with mashed potatoes and veggies) They come frozen...Mrs. T's is one brand. You can "stir fry" the frozen oneswith a little veggie oil in a sauce pan until slightly browned with or without some veggies, and sprinkle with Parmesian cheese. You can buy a pierogie maker if you end up liking them, and make the filling anything you want...this is how I get my kids to eat their veggies!

    Meat or Cheese Tortellini--sprinkled with a little parmesian cheese and butter (just enough to coat), or a little tomato sauce.

    As you can tell I a big fan of quick and EASY "mix 'n match" type meals--no need to cook from scratch ALL the time--especially with little ones! :o)


    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:54 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • we use egg noodles with butter, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. its quick and easy and pretty yummy! corn on the cob is good mix-up from canned corn. green salad is always good, with tomatoes, shredded carrots, cucumbers, etc. with some ranch dressing :D this site has a lot of good ideas, too!!|1170193522

    Answer by kadens_momma_15 at 7:56 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • Rice a Roni has tons of flavors and has noodles too. Stuffing, buttered noodles. Just plain rice with butter. Baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, baked fries, or sweet potato fries.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:47 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • Baked Beans and Smokies! I take 1 can (16 0z) of Bush's baked beans, any flavor, 1 pkg of Hillshire Farms Little Smokies, 1 jar Open Pit BBQ sauce.

    Mix all ingredients in either a slow cooker, casserole dish, or bean pot and heat thoroughly. Cook in 350 oven for 2 hours, stirring occasionally or cook in slow cooker on high for 4 hours, stir occasionally. Will thicken slightly upon sitting!

    Answer by 4kidsandadog at 12:20 PM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • carrots & dip, macaroni noodles w/ diced tomatoes, sweet potatoes - peel, boil and then add cinnamon, brown sugar, butter and marshmallows or you can slice them and bake w/ same toppings, add cream cheese and sour cream to your mashed potatoes, top w/ cheddar cheese and bacon pieces and bake until melted. tater tots or french fries baked w/ seasonings. slice potatoes, toss w/ olive oil, garlic powder, s&p, parmasean cheese and bake

    Answer by the3jsandme at 9:36 PM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • Salads either potato, noodle, fruit or just old fashion lettuce salads. Maybe some corn on the cob. Twice baked potatoes. Stir fry veggies.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:40 AM on Apr. 17, 2009

  • We usually have one dish meals, like stirfry over rice or stew or chili, etc. I have a ton of recipes that I can send email to you. I am at Here are some of them (most are main courses at our house); freeze half for next month: sweet potatoes with black beans and cheese; green bean casserole (not made with canned soup); chard pesto; spinach and rice casserole; curried vegetables; broccoli with cheese; quinoa with veggies; broccoli with noodles and peanut sauce; broccoli with orange sauce; Couscous with veggies and Sesame-Garlic Sauce; barley with zucchini, mushrooms and onions; blah, blah, blah

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:56 PM on Apr. 17, 2009

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