The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can leave the family chef with little to no time to inspire new and creative dishes for their beloved guests. Between shopping, traffic and gatherings there might not even be a moment left over to peruse through the many cooking and creative sites online. This year we’ve saved the jolly meal prepper a step or two with our five fast fresh and easy holiday side dishes anyone can make.
I love butternut squash so much so I plant and grow numerous squashes each spring with plans to share with my loved ones on Thanksgiving. There are several ways to prepare this fall favorite however it’s all about your tastes buds. For myself I spent years just mashing my butternut not really cooking this delicious squash to its full flavor potential until I found this tasty recipe. Cinnamon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash can be made in just under an hour total including prep time and is so easy to make a cook at any level can look like a five star gourmet with this sweet and warming side. Follow the link for directions and more.
Often overlooked by some households as the less desirable of the potato family, sweet potatoes have their place on the holiday menu. Now if you’re thinking that there is such a thing as too many potato dishes then I am here to tell you that line of thinking is pure hogwash. Yes you probably already have mixed up a traditional mashed or whipped potato dish and maybe you even made the above butternut squash dish but that still leaves room for this simple and creative Crispy Parmesan Rosemary Sweet Potato Stacks. This succulent side will bring a new flavor to your table with an easy recipe you can look like a rockstar chef with little effort. For directions and ingredients follow the link.
Green Bean Casserole Bundles
Green beans are a staple at the holiday table but if any side dish needed a makeover this is the one. Although easy is the name of the game in this particular blog, this recipe is slightly more complicated but still very achievable for even the most novice of cooks. Don’t let the multiple steps throw you off these green beans can be prepped in under ten minutes and cooked in under an hour. Put a new spin on a dinner classic and quickly turn these Green Bean Casserole Bundles into a family favorite. For cooking instructions and photos follow the link.
When it comes to peas most families merely pop open a can and warm it up for a few moments and serve. That’s ok any other day but when it comes to the most wonderful time of the year you need to put some love in those magic little veggies. The easiest way to jazz up a bowl of peas is to follow an age old ridiculously simple Italian recipe. Italian Peas take little to know skills and super quick to make but are so full of flavor your guests will think you spent all day making. In reality this recipe takes less than fifteen minutes and uses just six simple ingredients. For the complete recipe follow the link.
In my family asparagus is a must at any special meal. Normally I heat up some olive oil and garlic and saute this veggie fave until crispy and serve. That alone would qualify as a simple and fast recipe idea however recently I discovered a new dare I say easier cheesier way to prepare my asparagus for all ages to enjoy. Cheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus (pictured above) is as delicious and as fun as it sounds. This is another simple six ingredients recipe that chefs of all skills can whip up with relative ease. The garlic and cheese along with the fresh asparagus offer a plentiful bouquet of flavor. Follow the link for this tasty how to.
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