Easy Peasy Ways to Spruce Up Dinnertime Veggies

photo by iCambell

We try to eat a variety of veggies in this household. It doesn' hurt that my kids love raw veggies like carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. But at dinnertime, us grown-ups want a little more flavor! Here are a few easy ways to kick up those side dishes without a lot of fuss!

1. Add shredded Parmesan cheese to steamed broccoli right after it is cooked. Cover and allow the cheese to melt. It adds such a delightfully unexpected flavor!

2. Add a little brown sugar and a dash or too of cinnamon to cooked carrots. A great wintertime treat! (cooked carrots are my favorite!)

3. Fried Green Beans with Rosemary and Garlic. This sounds a lot more complicated than it really is. Simply empty 2-4 cans (depending on how many you want to serve) of green beans in a fry pan with olive oil and fry until they are nice and smushy! Add the rosemary and garlic (plain garlic tastes great too) to the green beans as soon as they are in the pan! I confess I cook with canned green beans (do I hear any gasps out there?). It's not that I don't want to use fresh, it's just not what I am used to. warning: these so take about 20 minutes to fry up.

I would love to hear if you have any easy peasy side dish ideas!!


  1. Love the suggestions.

    And congrats on being saucy this week! :) Yipee!

  2. Congrats on being Saucy this week.

    I like a little lemon juice over my steamed veggies.

  3. Thanks for the ideas!

    Congrats on being Saucy this week:)

  4. Congrats on being Saucy this week! Great ideas for veggies. I might try the garlic and rosemary on green beans, but I don't like canned ones, I don't like fresh real well either! But garlic makes everything better.

  5. I used to have to be creative when my kids were young too! It helps though!

  6. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Just saw your blog on SITS and thought I would stop by. Great ideas on veggies.

    For green beans you can also try a little crushed red pepper in olive oil...so good!

  7. Thanks for the "dash of spice" to veggies! I really love the one about the green beans. I do this to asparagus...never thought to do it with green beans.

    Have a great rest of the weekend! xo...deb

  8. love the picture. those veggies are so pretty and saucy!

  9. Yum, it all sounds de-lish...wish my kiddos would eat more veggies...I swear I try because we LOVE them!

    Yippee for us with our SAUCY blogs, hehe! Okay, I'm really going to try and attempt to get together a muffin tin for tomorrow (like I've been meaning to for weeks, hehe). I got special muffin tins specifically for your fun Mondays for the Bubbas for Christmas...woo hoo :-)

  10. Congrats on being Saucy!!!!!

    *Are you selling your tile necklaces? Those are super cute.

    If you have a minute stop by my blog and be a part of my give-a-way. :D

  11. Hey Michelle!!! Congrat's on being a saucy blog! So exciting... what's even more exciting is the ideas I got from you about veggies!!! WOOT WOOT!!! My 3 yr old will never know ;)

    "Nana's Box"

  12. cheese helps all veggies!

  13. Sorry meant to say found you on SITS