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Side Dishes

Vegetables

Grilled Baby Bok Choy

Grill a beautiful spring dinner of baby bok choy and pork chops – bonus points if you eat on the patio and make the most of the weather before it turns hot.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 25 minutes
Beans

Vegetarian Charro Beans

I have a great recipe for charro beans cooked in a pressure cooker with lots of bacon. This vegetarian version is cooked on the stovetop and inspired by the beans at a local Austin Tex Mex restaurant.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 1 hour
Vegetables

Kale Salad with Pecorino & Walnuts

I’m just getting to know kale. This finely shredded salad has a lot of steps (toast the walnuts, plump the raisins, toast the breadcrumbs, grate the pecorino), but it’s elegant and special, and is a lovely way to enjoy your leafy greens.

Yield: 3 to 4 servings Total time: 40 minutes
Vegetables

Thanksgiving Slaw

Our family’s classic Thanksgiving and Christmas menu is rich. There are tons of carbs, and I’m afraid to tell you how much butter it takes to get the meal on the table. This tangy cabbage slaw is not only quick to put together and sturdy enough to sit for up to 2 hours without wilting, it’s acidity and hint of mustard help cut through the other dishes on the plate.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings Total time: 25 minutes
Starches

Garlic Noodles

Butter, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, and Parmesan seems like a funky combination, but it’s a delicious way to dress a side of noodles.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Vegetables

Easy Skillet Kale with Lemon & Garlic

I’m late to the kale party, but have been looking for healthy vegetable recipes to serve as side dishes. This is a super easy (you tear the leaves with your hands, rather than chop them, and you don’t even have to dry the leaves after you rinse them) and quick side for a weeknight dinner.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 20 minutes
Vegetables

Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled corn with juicy tomatoes, salty feta cheese, basil, and lemon is the perfect side for a backyard barbecue or pool party. We usually bring some spare grilled whole corn to satisfy kids who’d rather eat straight off the cob.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Vegetables

Garlic Broccolini

This broccolini, sautéed until the edges are crispy, seasoned with salt and garlic, and then steamed until just tender, is so, so good. It’s done on the stovetop in less than 20 minutes, making it an easy weeknight veggie.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 20 minutes
Breakfasts

Cheese Grits

I grew up on cheese grits — as a kid, I’d happily lap up a bowl for breakfast or lunch. For a more grown-up meal, serve them topped with barbecued shrimp or pork.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Starches

Eric’s Green Chile Mac & Cheese

This creamy mac & cheese spiked with ground beef and green chiles is a favorite at the book club holiday party.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 45 minutes