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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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sides quinoarisotto
With Salt & Wit

Goat Cheese and Bacon Quinoa Risotto

Bacon all day, every day.

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sides pestobrussels
Avocado Pesto

Pesto Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Those toasted almonds, though.

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sides baconasparagus
Add a Pinch

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Remember what we said about bacon?

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sides acornsquash
Spache the Spatula

Roasted Parmesan-Garlic Acorn Squash

Squash season has commenced, and we’re pumped.

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sides butterpotatoes
Self Proclaimed Foodie

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

Pretty much carb heaven.

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sides mashedsquash
Recipe Runner

Mashed Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese and Rosemary

Pretty easy on the eyes, too.

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sides potatoround
Ciao Florentina

Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese, Cranberries and Balsamic Glaze

Mmm, mmm, good.

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sides zucchinitots
A Spicy Perspective

Baked Zucchini Tots

We don’t need no stinkin’ taters.

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sides cauliflowerbites
Damn Delicious

Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

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

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sides roastedmushrooms
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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sides creamedspinahc
Living Chirpy

Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

Broiled to golden, cheesy perfection.

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sides monkeybread
Erin McDowell

Savory Monkey Bread

Um, we each get our own loaf, yes?

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sides potatoleek
Vegan Huggs

Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Proving that creamy and vegan aren’t mutually exclusive.

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sides macandcheese
Erin McDowell

Stove-top Mac and Cheese

Sorry, just drooled a little.

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sides gnocchi
Sweet Peas & Saffron

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

Well, doesn’t this look lovely?

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sides broccoli
I Love Vegan

Broccoli Almondine

The almonds add just the right amount of crunch.

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sides mashedpotatoes
Erin McDowell

20-Minute Mashed Potatoes

To be drowned in butter, of course.

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sides pumpkinfries
12 Tomatoes
sides greenbeans
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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sides roastedcarrots
I Heart Naptime

Roasted Parmesan Carrots

Simple and delicious.

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sides zucchinicorn
Damn Delicious

Parmesan Zucchini and Corn

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

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sides caulipancake
Fearless Dining

Cauliflower Cheddar Pancakes

Bonus: They’re gluten-free.

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Belgian Endives wrapped in Prosciutto
Eat In My Kitchen

Sautéed Endive Wrapped in Prosciutto

This dish tastes as good as it looks.

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sides roastedpeas

Brown Butter and Garlic Roasted Peas

More peas, please!

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sides zucchinichips
Dashing Dish

Crispy Parmesan Ranch Zucchini Chips

Way better than store-bought.

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sides chorizo
My Life Cookbook

Cauliflower Chorizo Hash

The spicier, the better.

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