Two Quick Side Dishes and a Main
When you're short on time, maybe around a long weekend - maybe for a grill out with friends, it can be hard to come up with a quick delicious side or main. But don't worry, we've got you covered! Here are two quick side dishes and a main course to consider.
Side Dish #1: Fruit Salad
- In a large bowl, combine all your cut fruit. Say strawberries and blueberries at the minimum.
- Add some fruit dip
- In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lime juice, and cinnamon.
- Pour the dressing over the fruit and toss to coat.
- Feel free to use any type of fruit you like in this salad.
- For a more tropical flavor, add some pineapple or mango.
- For a more tart flavor, add some raspberries or blackberries.
- If you don't have lime juice, you can use lemon juice or orange juice instead.
- If you don't have ground cinnamon, you can use 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Side Dish #2: Coleslaw with flavor (just three items from the grocery store)
- 1 bag of shredded coleslaw bag
- 1 bottle of local grocery dressing
- Crispy onions to taste
- In a large bowl, combine the slaw, dressing, and onions.
- Toss to coat.
- Serve immediately or chill for later.
- For a more flavorful coleslaw, add some grated carrots or celery to the mix.
- If you want a spicier coleslaw, add some hot sauce or cayenne pepper to the dressing.
Main Dish: BLT Chicken Salad
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- Chop the romaine lettuce and tomatoes. Rinse, lay on a paper towel, and set aside.
- Season the chicken breast with salt, pepper, and seasoning of choice.
- In a saute pan, heat the olive oil. Sear chicken on both sides for 3-4 minutes. Finish in an air fryer or stove top.
- Back the bacon in the oven, preferably on a raised grate
- In a bowl, whisk together the greek yogurt, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and ranch seasoning.
- Make your bread cubes with olive oil and salt. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Assemble the salad by starting with adding the lettuce to a bowl. Top with the tomatoes, chicken, bacon, croutons, and dressing. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese.
Putting It All Together
Making a side? Grab your ingredients and head to the party or the patio! The main? Takes a bit more time but it's so delicious.
Tips for Making Quick and Easy Side Dishes
- Use pre-cut vegetables to save time.
- Cook your side dishes in the oven while you are cooking your main course.
- Make a big batch of your favorite side dish and save it for later.
These are just a few ideas for quick and easy side dishes that you can make for your next meal. With a little planning, you can easily create a delicious and nutritious meal in no time.