Sometimes, when it's time to make dinner, you need to be in and out of the kitchen in a hurry. When your main dish takes up most of your attention, and you want to get some vegetables in your family, try one of these, the five fastest veggie side dishes you could possibly make (aside from hucking raw potatoes onto the table and calling it good).
Microwave-steamed broccoli with seasoning
Start with some fresh broccoli heads; chop off the stems and cut the rest into bite-sized pieces. Using a microwaveable container with a lid, place the broccoli pieces along with a small amount of water into the microwave and zap for three minutes. Stir and test; if the broccoli is not yet tender, zap for another two minutes. Drain the water and sprinkle garlic salt and Italian seasoning to taste, mixing to coat. You can throw a little cheese on for the last minute if you like.
Simple salad with oil and vinegar dressing
You'll either need a head of lettuce or a bag of torn pieces; either way, put bite-sized lettuce pieces into a bowl. Pour some olive oil into a small container with a lid, then add about an equal amount of balsamic or red wine vinegar. Shake until the two are as combined as they get (the substances quickly split, so you have to do this step fast), then pour it over the lettuce. Toss with tongs and serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
Heat up some butter over medium heat in a pan. Meanwhile, zap baby carrots in a small amount of water for a minute or two until tender, then drain and add to the pan. While they are cooking, sprinkle in some brown sugar and fresh ground black pepper, until the carrots are coated. Serve hot!
Stove-steamed mixed veggies
You can use fresh or frozen vegetables for this dish; either way, they'll need to be pre-cut into bite-sized pieces. Heat a small saucepan with an inch or so of water to boiling, with a steaming basket inside. When the water is boiling, place the vegetables in the steaming basket and cover for three to five minutes, until vegetables are cooked through. These go quite well with melted butter and a light sprinkling of pepper.
Crunchy veggies with dip
This is the easiest of all! Chop up fresh vegetables such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, and bell pepper, and arrange on a plate with some ranch dressing or flavored hummus.
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