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It’s the eternal kitchen struggle: You want great food, but you don’t want to spend hours toiling away over a hot stove to make great food. Luckily, amazing side dishes don’t have to take all day, as evidenced by these 26 mouthwatering seasonal recipes that come together in 30 minutes or less.

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With Salt & Wit

Goat Cheese and Bacon Quinoa Risotto

Bacon all day, every day.

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Avocado Pesto

Pesto Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Those toasted almonds, though.

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Add a Pinch

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Remember what we said about bacon?

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Spache the Spatula

Roasted Parmesan-Garlic Acorn Squash

Squash season has commenced, and we’re pumped.

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Self Proclaimed Foodie

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

Pretty much carb heaven.

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Recipe Runner

Mashed Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese and Rosemary

Pretty easy on the eyes, too.

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Ciao Florentina

Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese, Cranberries and Balsamic Glaze

Mmm, mmm, good.

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A Spicy Perspective

Baked Zucchini Tots

We don’t need no stinkin’ taters.

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Damn Delicious

Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Cauliflower is the greatest.

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Closet Cooking

Roasted Mushrooms in Brown Butter, Garlic and Thyme Sauce

Has anything ever tasted bad with brown butter? (Answer: No.)

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Living Chirpy

Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

Broiled to golden, cheesy perfection.

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Erin McDowell

Savory Monkey Bread

Um, we each get our own loaf, yes?

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Vegan Huggs

Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Proving that creamy and vegan aren’t mutually exclusive.

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Erin McDowell

Stove-top Mac and Cheese

Sorry, just drooled a little.

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Sweet Peas & Saffron

One-Pan Gnocchi with Sun-dried Tomatoes and White Beans

Well, doesn’t this look lovely?

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I Love Vegan

Broccoli Almondine

The almonds add just the right amount of crunch.

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Erin McDowell

20-Minute Mashed Potatoes

To be drowned in butter, of course.

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12 Tomatoes
The Suburban Soapbox

Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots and Walnuts

Don’t be afraid to sneak in a little extra cheese.

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I Heart Naptime

Roasted Parmesan Carrots

Simple and delicious.

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Damn Delicious

Parmesan Zucchini and Corn

The veggie combination you never knew you needed. (Oh, but you do.)

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Fearless Dining

Cauliflower Cheddar Pancakes

Bonus: They’re gluten-free.

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Eat In My Kitchen

Sautéed Endive Wrapped in Prosciutto

This dish tastes as good as it looks.

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Mantitlement

Brown Butter and Garlic Roasted Peas

More peas, please!

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Dashing Dish

Crispy Parmesan Ranch Zucchini Chips

Way better than store-bought.

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My Life Cookbook

Cauliflower Chorizo Hash

The spicier, the better.

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