Something I’m really loving right now is making quick and easy nourish bowls, loaded with roast vegetables and other goodies. It’s a great and easy way to make a meal when you’re busy or not wanting to cook a big dish. I also love whipping up a bunch of veg side dishes so I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you for your next dinner party or BBQ.
1. Roasted broccoli and cauliflower
I love the different consistency and texture of broccoli and cauliflower when they are roasted. Cut florets in half and place on a baking tray. Spray with canola or butter flavoured spray. Cook until golden and serve with toasted pine nuts and a drizzle of garlic infused olive oil.
2. Turmeric taters and brussels sprouts
This easy side is enjoyed on the regular at my place. Cut two potatoes into inch thick pieces and place in a bowl. Add 1 heaped teaspoon of turmeric powder and a glug of extra virgin olive oil and stir to coat each piece. Roast until browned and soft inside. Halve the b-sprouts and roast or pan fry in dairy-free butter until crispy.
3. Grilled pumpkin with miso butter
If you’re into grilling like me, this one will win you over. After making my own stash of miso paste, I was needed ways to use it and whipped up a homemade miso butter. Whenever I run out I make a new batch so I’ve always got a jar of this flavourful cooking aid in the fridge. Cut pumpkin into wedges, brush with miso butter and grill away. You could replace the pumpkin for sweet potato if you prefer. Miso butter is also amazing when pan frying mushrooms.
4. Chunky veg mash
There ain’t much that’s more comforting than a bowl of mash. It’s even better when you can load it up with extra veg. Boil or steam potatoes and broccoli, add a dash of soy milk, a knob of dairy-free butter, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Then get mashing. I like mine with a bit of chunk but you could certainly make it smoother if that’s your preference. To mix it up, include green peas or use half potato and half sweet potato.
5. Mushroom tartlets
These puffy mushie snacks are always a hit with crowds of hungry visitors. Big fat mushrooms are baked on puff pastry with some onion jam, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs and pine nuts. To jazz them up, top with a little crumbled feta.
I’d love to hear your ideas. What are your favourite veg side dishes?
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