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15 Minute Healthy Side Dish Recipes

March 6, 2015

So you’ve got the main course, but what the heck do you eat on the side? Instead of slaving away in the kitchen or resorting to unhealthy packaged products try one of these 15 minute healthy side dish recipes!

In my dream world, all meals could be cooked in one pot in under 15 minutes but unless air qualifies as dinner, that isn’t happening anytime soon.

15 Minute Healthy Side Dish Recipes for a quick and easy  weeknight dinner or a fancy weekend party!When it comes to dinner, the sides are always the kicker. You can get your main meal on but then trying to pack in your carbs and greens ends up taking FOREVER. There are times when one-pot madness makes sense, but in my home stuffed chicken and baked salmon always calls for a healthy side. And preferably ones that don’t take up much room in the oven.

Lately I’ve found myself eating the same thing with every meal: sweet potato and kale salad. Don’t get me wrong, I love both of these foods but it’s nice to change it up every now and then. However, I have no intention of slaving away in the kitchen. So I dug into the archives and reached out to some of my blogging buds for some inspiration.

I’ve pulled together over 20 15 minute healthy side dish recipes that are packed full of nutrition, taste awesome and are super duper easy. I hope these inspired you to step out of your cooking zone and make some magic in the kitchen. Enjoy!

15 Minute Healthy Side Dish Recipes

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette from Sarah’s Cucina Bella

Cauliflower Rice from Tasting Page

Cauliflower Tabbouleh from The Healthy Maven

Charred Green Beans with Garlic and Pomegranate Seeds - a delicious side dish ready in 10 minutes! with the roasted flavour of the green beans and the sweetness of the pomegranate seeds! Charred Green Beans with Garlic and Pomegranate Seeds from The Healthy Maven

Coconut Pineapple Rice from Home Cooking Memories

Easy Cheesy Zucchini from Give Recipe

garlicky-kale2Garlicky Kale from Eating Bird Food

Grilled Asian Green Beans from Tasty Yummies

Grilled Pineapple Salad from The View from the Great Island

Grilled Sesame Ginger Bok Choy- An easy and healthy side dish for the grill! // thehealthymaven.comGrilled Sesame Ginger Bok Choy from The Healthy Maven

Kale Salad with Green Olives, Toasted Nuts and Feta Cheese from The Lemon Bowl

Lemon Basil Bean Salad from Edible Perspective

lemon-ginger-asparagus-with-toasted-almondsLemon Ginger Asparagus with Toasted Almonds from The Healthy Maven

Maple Roasted Parsnip Fries from Bakeaholic Mama

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad from The Hummusapien

broccoli-salad4Orange Sesame Broccoli Salad from Fit Foodie Finds

Pear and Blue Cheese Roasted Brussels Sprouts from The Cookie Rookie

Pico de Gallo from Flavor Mosaic

Salt and Vinegar Brussels Sprout Chips for a salty and crunchy snack recipe made entirely with healthy ingredients including brussels sprouts, apple cider vinegar and sea salt!Salt and Vinegar Brussels Sprout Chips from The Healthy Maven

Sautéed Corn with Tomatoes Feta and Basil from Spoonful of Flavor

Shaved Broccoli Salad with Apples and Bacon from The Roasted Root

Spicy Peanut Slaw // thehealthymaven.comSpicy Peanut Slaw from The Healthy Maven

Sweet Potato Mash with Curry from Food Faith Fitness

Swiss Chard Saute from Farm Fresh Feasts

Anyone else struggle with side dishes? What are your go-to easy side dish recipes? Feel free to leave some links in the comments!


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    March 6, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Thanks for this. Everything I cook these days has to be quick quick quick! That bok choy looks fantastic!

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    March 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

    You posted this at the perfect time because sides are my arch nemesis. They’re always on the back burner for me, and I end up eating like, steamed broccoli at the last minute. #lame.

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    March 6, 2015 at 11:30 am

    The cheesy zucchini and the cauliflower rice sound sooooo good!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Side dishes are always where I struggle too. When I’m cooking for myself I swear I just have roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli on the side 99% of the time. But it can definitely get boring. Great ideas here!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 6, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      I’m in the 99% too haha. But sweet taters never get old…EVER.

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    March 6, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I love sides so much so this is amazing! 4 out of 5 nights I’ll have a smorgasbord of sides for dinner. Lately, spaghetti squash with marinara sauce has been calling my name and a meal just doesn’t seem like a meal without roasted sweet potatoes!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Agreed! Love my sweet taters. The best is the “pick your veggies” option at Westville. I could eat their veggie sides for daysssssss

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        March 6, 2015 at 3:59 pm

        That’s exactly what I was thinking of, but wasn’t sure if you were familiar with it…my favorite!!!

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          Davida Kugelmass
          March 6, 2015 at 7:40 pm

          THE BEST!!! I legit miss it everyday haha. Go there for me!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    March 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Yum, I need to give your grilled sesame ginger bok choy a try!

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    March 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for all the great side recipes in one place – I do struggle with choosing sides a lot!
    Have a great time in Chicago!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Now the hard part is going to be choosing from amongst this list haha. Just got back from Chicago actually! But off to Dublin next week 🙂

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
    March 6, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Side dishes are the best! I love this list and pinned it for later. Thank you so much for including my recipe!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 7, 2015 at 3:05 am

    Potatoes. My side of choice. Or main. Depending on the day/laziness.

    I need the peanut slaw.

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    March 7, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I’m gonna pick 4 and bust them out in a hot 60 minutes. WEEE! Thanks for including me, love!

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