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Episode 83: Easy Side Dish Recipes That Aren’t an Afterthought (Or Too Much Work)

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How many of you have gotten partway through cooking dinner and thought, “OH S#!T! What else are we going to eat with this?” Since we’re pretty sure the answer is all of us, we’re getting serious about side dishes. Whether you are a planner, committed to becoming one, or will always and forever wing your side dishes, we’ve got the tips, ideas, and of course, recipes, to make sure you can always pull together a complete meal.

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Episode 83 of Didn't I Just Feed You: All about side dishes! | Easy Herby Farro & White Beans image: Stacie Billis

Say Goodbye to That “Oh, S#!T?!” Feeling

It’s hard enough to plan a main, nevermind when you have to also think about what goes on the side.

While we’re proponents of skipping sides when you just can’t, or even better, throwing everything into a hearty one-pot or sheet pan meal, we also know how satisfying it can be to serve a well-rounded meal. Sides add heft to your meal, they give those picky eaters more choices, and you make sure to hit all the basic nutrition marks (more or less – ha!). Also, it’s fun to experiment with sides!

That is, when you have the right tips, tools, and reference recipes at your fingertips. And this week, we give all of those to you.

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Ep 82 of Din't I Just Feed You: How to handle side dishes without losing your mind | Roasted delicata squash image: Stacie Billis

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Be sure to join our private listeners’ group on Facebook (our favorite cocktail is WHISKEY — you’ll understand when you try to join). This week, we’ll be continuing our side dish recipe share.

Don’t forget that this week we also started a SIDES Pinterest board for you. So all those recipes we share with each other in the Listener’s Group will end up there for easy record keeping!

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