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Between opening presents, catching up with cousins and arguing with aunts, there’s enough to think about on Christmas. The last thing on your mind should be slaving away over side dishes. Instead, whip up a few of these quick and easy sides: They’re all ready in 30 minutes or less.

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Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Honestly, we’d settle for bacon-wrapped anything.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Baked Gorgonzola Bites

Cheesy beyond belief.

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Closet Cooking

Roasted Mushrooms in a Browned Butter Garlic and Thyme Sauce

Totally worth the garlic breath.

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Gimme Some Oven

Garlicky Baked Shrimp

Same here.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Salami, Artichoke and Ricotta Pasta Salad

Who says pasta salad is only for the summertime? (Not us.)

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My Life Cookbook

Cauliflower Chorizo Hash

Just the right amount of spice.

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Damn Delicious

Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Fried to crispy perfection.

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Live Eat Learn

Spinach and Mashed Potato Croquettes

The spinach makes it OK to eat seven, right?

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Will Cook for Smiles

Parmesan Mushroom Orzo

Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the cheese.

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Food Done Light

Marsala Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms with Pecans

The nuts add a delightful crunch.

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With Salt & Wit

Garlic, Gouda and Parmesan Cauliflower Au Gratin

This side is very, very Gouda. (Sorry.)

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Five Heart Home

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

Like chips, only marginally healthier.

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Budget Bytes
Living Chirpy

Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

That’s one hell of a cheese trail.

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Simply Quinoa

Sweet Potato Quinoa Fritters

You need only five ingredients to make these delightful little bites.

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An Italian in My Kitchen

Italian Panfried Tomatoes

Not all Christmas sides are loaded with carbs and cheese.

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I Heart Eating

Honey Butter Rolls

Serve these straight out of the oven for maximum effect.

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Yummy Beet

Roasted Broccoli Salad with Pine Nuts, Raisins and Feta

Make sure there’s at least a little green on your plate.

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Little Spice Jar

Corn and Zucchini Sauté

Fresh and delicious.

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Fork Knife Swoon

Spicy Sautéed Sesame Garlic Broccolini

Bland food lovers need not apply.

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Erin McDowell

20-Minute Mashed Potatoes

Pretty much the easiest.

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Budget Bytes

Mushroom Herb Gravy

Because what are mashed potatoes without gravy?

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The Healthy Maven

Kale Tahini Salad

Just so you can say you ate something healthy over the holidays.

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Kevin and Amanda

Rosemary Sea Salt Flatbread

Yes, yes, a million times yes.

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Joyful Healthy Eats

Creamy Goat Cheese, Asparagus and Quinoa Salad

Seriously, is there anything goat cheese can’t do?

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Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Garlic Herb Butternut Squash

If it’s flavor you want, it’s flavor you’re gonna get.

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Damn Delicious

Honey-Glazed Baby Carrots

For those who favor something sweet.

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More peas, please.

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Kiddielicious Kitchen

Mashed Cauliflower with Butter Beans

So creamy and delicious, you’ll forget they’re not potatoes.

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Damn Delicious

Garlic Parmesan Popovers

Deceptively simple to make, and even easier to eat.

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