These simple side dishes and accompaniments will go with any main you’re planning.
Whether you need something quick and simple like air fryer asparagus or want to serve the perfect side with turkey dinner like corn casserole, you’ve come to the right place.
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What Sides Should I Serve With Dinner
When choosing sides for a meal, we always follow 3 categories: a protein (which is usually the main), a starch, and the vegetables.
The type of protein you’re serving matters while choosing sides.
With fish and poultry, we love serving lighter side dishes like roasted sweet potatoes, cilantro lime rice, or roasted beets.
Hearty red meat dishes like beef bourguignon go perfectly with sides like honey glazed carrots and parmesan roasted potatoes.
If you’re making a dish like shrimp scampi or chicken bacon ranch casserole, the starch is already covered with the pasta in the main. We love pairing these dishes with a simple caesar salad and some garlic bread.
How To Choose Sides For Meal Prep
If you like to save time with meal prep for the week, choosing sides with your mains can save a lot of headache!
We love doing sides like caesar salad for meal prep, because you can make a batch of caesar dressing and continue to have fresh salad all week.
Coconut rice can be paired with a few dishes like cilantro lime chicken and slow cooker thai peanut chicken, so it’s a great option if you’re meal prepping.
Twice baked potatoes reheat really well, and freeze, so you can make them in advance and pop them into the oven when you’re ready to make dinner!