Think outside the potatoes/rice box! Recipes for healthy, delicious side dishes include quinoa, lentil salad, baked mushrooms and more.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Beautiful, sweet-yet-tangy roasted tomatoes make a deliciously fresh side dish, and are just as wonderful accompanying eggs and bacon for breakfast as they are for dinner. Click for the recipe

Zucchini Tomato Gratin

It’s almost the end of zucchini season, and I am making the most of the gorgeous, firm zucchinis I can still find at the farmer’s market. This zucchini tomato gratin is delicious, gorgeous, and fairly easy to make. Leftovers are very good the next day, gently reheated or even cold. Click for the recipe

Roasted Red Onions

Roasting red onions takes them from bitter and pungent to mild and caramelized – almost sweet. Roasted red onions make a delightful side to any meat dish, and especially to grilled meats. Click for the recipe

Roasted Fennel

Even if you don’t like the taste of licorice, give this roasted fennel recipe a try. Roasting caramelizes the fennel bulbs, downplays the licorice flavor and brings out a nutty, delicious creaminess. The addition of Parmesan makes this dish extra delicious, though it’s also excellent with no cheese, if you’re so inclined. Click for the recipe

Carrot Chips

Roasting thinly sliced carrots in olive oil elevates them from a fairly boring veggie into a tasty snack. I’m lazy, so I use pre-sliced, store-bought carrot chips. Obviously you could simply slice them yourself. Serve as a side dish, or as a super healthy snack. Click for the recipe

Roasted Bell Peppers

Deliciously roasted bell peppers are seasoned with olive oil, oregano and crushed red peppers. Click for the recipe

Roasted Broccoli Stalks

Don’t toss those broccoli stalks! They are a delicacy, especially when roasted. You can use two baking sheets and roast the broccoli florets at the same time, though they will likely be ready a few minutes before the stalks. Click for the recipe