New Side Dishes {Pin to Present}

One of my goals this month was to work on trying some new healthy foods. Most of our dinners are pretty simple during the week. We eat a lot of chicken and ground turkey in a variety of forms, but the side dish is always the afterthought. Many nights it's a steam-able bag of veggies or a salad. Nothing wrong with that, but it really does get boring. So I took it upon myself to finally dig back into that "Side Dish" Pinterest board of mine and give a few things a whirl. Plus, I get to link up with my friend Anne in doing so! :)

I already mentioned that tried a new variety of our roasted cauliflower- following this recipe pretty closely, but I left out the lemon juice. I never ever get tired of cauliflower-based dishes, and this was a nice way to make it. Going on the rotation for sure. I honestly get hungry just looking at this picture.

You all might of seen me get a little adventurous and make Brussels sprouts for the first time. By the way it really is Brussels, plural, not Brussel. It drives me crazy to type that, but it's correct! I didn't use one specific pin/recipe for this, I just kept seeing versions of them popping up on Pinterest and darnit, I needed to try them! The bag they came in suggests olive oil, thyme and pepper with a sprinkle of sugar so I tried it. We have a winner, friends!

Lisa shared with me this recipe- Chili Roasted Carrots. And while I failed as a blogger and forgot to document it, I promise I made them and loved them. Jared was just so-so on these, but he's not a huge fan of carrots to begin with. Fine by me, I'll just pack them with my lunch each time I make them.

And finally- the most exciting for last. Roasted Cabbage with Lime and Sriracha. Oh my gosh... I have found something fabulous. I'd never used Sriracha before and whew! It's definitely got a kick to it- this is a sinus clearing side dish ;) Just stop reading my blog, go pin that recipe and then buy the ingredients as soon as possible. These make a delicious side "salad" for just about anything! Roasted chicken, hearty soups- whatever you're feeling!

It was fun to try some new foods over the past couple of weeks. I don't think I'm the only one who gets in a cooking rut, am I? Well the rut is gone and I have a handful of new, yummy things to make when I need a good side dish. And they all said- Hooray for Pinterest!

Anything you've made/done from those Pinterest boards lately?

29 comments

  1. I don't know what it is, but I can't get down with brussel sprouts. They just taste yucky to me. Your recipe sounds great, as does the cabbage, but don't think I'll be using the brussel sprouts one, haha. GLAD you enjoy them though, that's what matters.

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  2. We've been added a large serving of veggies to each dinner with little to no carbs and this would be great to add to our rotation.

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  3. I'm intrigued by the cabbage. I love roasted cabbage but would not have thought of adding lime.

    I adore roasted cauliflower and brussels!

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  4. Ummmm I'm so pumped about this post!!!! Every. Single. One. Of these sound amazing!! Especially those carrots :) good job girlfriend! Definitely upping my Pinterest game today!!

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  5. I've never even really had cauliflower (what?!), but now I really want to try it after seeing that picture! Freddie's been peeling and cutting sweet potatoes, pouring olive oil and lots of spices on them, and roasting them at 400 for 30 mins and oooooooh sweet Lawdy, I am addicted!! I think I've made him make that every other night recently.

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  6. All of these do sound really good!! I really really want to try the roasted cauliflower...looks delicious!! I am always stumped when it comes to side dishes, too! Thanks for sharing these!! :)

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  7. Roasted brussels sprouts are a go-to side dish in our house- just olive oil, salt and pepper. But so so good!! And roasted cauliflower...delish. Let's be honest- roasting almost any vegetable makes it amazing.

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  8. I'm going to have to try that cabbage recipe!

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  9. Look at all your healthy sides!!! I just tried Brussels Sprouts for the first time last year, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed them! They are awesome shaved in a salad with some kale and dried cranberries with poppy seed dressing! I will have to save some of these for later :)

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  10. Ooo these sound good, need to try them! I definitely get in a cooking rut and get bored with the same old food all the time!

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  11. i definitely need to try the cauliflower one. my husband loves brussel(s?!) sprouts so i'll have to try that too!

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  12. Brussel Sprouts and cauliflower!!! YES!

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  13. I have never made brussel sprouts on my own, but I love them! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  14. I love roasted cauliflower and the versatility of cauliflower in general. This siracha cabbage has me very intrigued though. Going to have to try it!

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  15. WE LOVE BRUSSELS SPROUTS. Last year we became obsessed. They're so good for you too! I'll have to try that cauliflower dish. We love roasted cauliflower and the sprouts together as a side dish!

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  16. Those all look delicious! We love brussel sprouts but I think I'll try your recipe next time! :)

    Katie
    www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

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  17. I'm drooling over these, especially the brussels sprouts and cauliflower. I'm a huge fan of both, so these are going on my must try list.

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  18. I am terrible about side dishes... but these are all easy enough and sound delicious! Can't go wrong with roasting when it comes to veggies. I'd never have thought to roast cabbage though - leave it to Pinterest! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  19. Roasted brussel sprouts are one of my faves. I am definitely going to have to try out the cabbage recipe. I think it could be a new favourite. :)

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  20. Wow I'm drooling! This looks so good. I've never actually made cauliflower, so I might have to pick some up next time I'm at the store. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I LOVE making Pinterest recipes and trying something new. I just usually only do it on the weekends because I am NOT motivated during the week haha! All of these look amazing! Looks like youre killing it on the new recipes!

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  22. I fell in love with baked smashed baby red potatoes! Super easy.
    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/06/crash-hot-potatoes/

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    1. Yum! You can't go wrong w/ one of the Pioneer Woman recipes! :)

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  23. These all look so delicious! I love finding new recipes on Pinterest and then testing them out! It's the best way to find the best recipes!

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  24. Ooh so much side dish inspiration here! We're definitely in a side-dish rut too. It's either steam-able bags, roasted asparagus or green beans around here usually and I need a change-up! I've never made brussels sprouts but those look good!!
    Shea Lennon

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  25. I'm starting the Whole30 again soon so this post came at the perfect time - I struggle with coming up with compliant ways to do veggie sides that aren't always the same things over and over again and these will work great with just a few tweaks. My parents both love brussells sprouts but I've never been brave enough to try them. They just cook them and then flavour them with vinegar so I think I'd like to try them the way you suggested!

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  26. I sure wish I could convince my taste buds to like healthier things, because these look great. I am such a picky eater - boo me!!!

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  27. The roasted cauliflower looks absolutely delicious. I love vegetables, so I'm already drooling just by looking at the photos. I will try each of this recipe. The roasted cabbage looks awesome too. Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to try all of these.

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