Side Dish Ideas for a Quick and Easy Family Dinner
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Coming up with creative ways to get my family to eat their veggies isn’t easy. We have a few standard side dishes for dinner, the same old go-to foods. It gets a little boring. So I’ve been trying to find new ways to mix it up when it comes to our meals and get more veggies on the dinner plate, starch alternatives especially.
Alexia premium side dishes make it easy for busy moms to feed their families more veggies. They’re quick and easy to cook, no prep work! You can microwave them in the bag in minutes. And they taste delicious so you won’t hear all the normal moans and groans over how boring and bland vegetables are. I tried out two varieties, Alexia Cauliflower Risotto with Parmesan and Sea Salt and Mashed Butternut Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar, with my boys to see if they would pass the test.
Kinzie and I had just wrapped up working on a holiday project so I invited her to stay for dinner. And also to help me make dinner, because I could always use an extra pair of hands. I love cooking and conversation, it’s one of the best parts of being in the kitchen. I put her in charge of the sides while I prepped the roast chicken. She had them both cooked and ready to eat in less than 10 minutes!
Of course, we had to sample them first to see. Soooooooooo good! The cauliflower risotto is the perfect mix creamy richness and savory parmesan. And the mashed butternut squash is so full of flavor and a hint of sweetness, it tastes like fall on a fork.
Dinner time, and time to find out what the two vegetable advert members of my tribe think of the new side dishes. After a few fork circles and a squinty-eyed inspection of the sides, they each sampled a bite. And then another, and another. The verdict is in……..Two thumbs up, hooray! I’m excited I can add these tasty side dishes to my grocery list, it makes meal planning much easier. Nutritious options that are quick and convenient are what every mom wants to see more of, right?
Alexia complete sides are non-GMO project verified, gluten-free and made with organic dairy ingredients. You can find them at Giant Eagle, Kroger, Meijer and other fine grocers.
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