It's easy to fall into a rut when it comes to vegetables and default to your favorite bagged varieties, but there's more to life than frozen peas and corn. Experimenting with new vegetable recipes -- and using familiar ones in new ways - is a great way to liven up the dinner table. Add a touch of butter and heavy cream to steamed parsnips, purée, and you've got a silky, unexpected side dish. Roast cauliflower florets, then drizzle with browned butter. Bake a halved spaghetti squash and toss the pasta-like strands with olive oil (they're a good stand-in for real noodles in a pinch, too!). Whether you grill, stir-fry, or use your vegetables in a salad, you'll be happy to welcome new ideas to the table. Check out your local farmers market for more ideas - seeing what's in season is great inspiration.
Light ranch dressing makes a creamy sauce for this pork chop, peas, and barley main-dish recipe that can be prepared in just over 30 minutes.
This winning side dish recipe dresses up a combination of meaty mushrooms with herbs and cheese.
Buttermilk's rich, creamy flavor means you can skip adding extra butter to this easy recipe.
Ultra-convenient pouches of cooked rice mean this lima bean curry is a quick side dish for quick meals. It's combined and cooked in 20 minutes.
Corn and sweet peppers are the stars of this homey casserole that includes cream cheese.
The secret to delectable Brussels sprouts is to avoid overcooking them. Pull this side dish from the oven as soon as the vegetables are tender.