11 Side Dishes Your Family Will Love

cheesy garlic bread on cutting board

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Side dishes are often the last thought on our minds, especially on busy weeknights. But here's a stable of go-to recipes we turn to again and again because they're easy and families like them.

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    Grilled Vegetables Recipe

    Grilled vegetables

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    This is one of those recipes that you can vary dozens of different ways with different vegetables and salad dressings. For this grilled vegetables recipe, we've used zucchini and mushrooms, but you can also use onions, red peppers, asparagus, eggplant and more. If you're having trouble with the vegetables falling through the grill grates, just grill them whole, then cut after grilling.

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    Roasted Green Beans Recipe

    Green beans

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    This roasted green beans recipe requires very little prep time, yet tastes amazing. If you want the kids to eat green beans like French fries, try this easy side dish recipe.

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    Broccoli With Cheese Sauce Recipe

    Broccoli and cheddar

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    The broccoli for this recipe is steamed in the microwave, so it's a pretty quick side. To make this broccoli with cheese sauce recipe even easier, use pre-washed, pre-chopped broccoli, which you can find in the produce section of your supermarket.

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    Crockpot Rice Recipe

    Simple Crock Pot Rice

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    Want foolproof rice without having to watch the clock? This crockpot rice recipe is the answer. Use jasmine or basmati rice for the fastest results (it'll take 1-1/2 to 2 hours) or converted rice, if you want to give it 4 hours or so.

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    Air Fryer Baked Potatoes


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    Air fryer baked potatoes serve up the perfect balance of fluffy insides and crispy skin. Use russet potatoes for the best results, and rub them with olive oil and salt before you cook them to enhance the flavor and crunch. They cook in about 40 minutes and save you from turning on the oven.

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    Cheesy Garlic Bread

    cheesy garlic bread on cutting board

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Cheesy garlic bread takes only a few minutes to whip up and a few minutes to disappear. Kids and adults will gobble up the toasty, cheesy goodness. Pair it with a big salad, soup, or serve it as an app while you finish up the rest of dinner.

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    Crispy Kale Recipe


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    Kale is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making this super healthy crispy kale recipe a hit for the entire family. And this preparation for kale is not only easy, but it's also incredibly tasty, too. The roasting mellows the kale and makes it crunchy.

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    Broccoli Salad Recipe

    Broccoli Salad With Bacon

    The Spruce

    This broccoli salad recipe is one of those dishes that is great for potlucks, and people always want the recipe. The combination of crunchy, creamy, sweet and salty is amazing. To save time, use pre-cut broccoli florets and pre-cooked bacon for this easy side dish.

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    Mashed Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe


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    This hearty mashed cauliflower twice baked potatoes recipe has lots of flavors kids love: potatoes, butter, and cheese. But it also has good-for-you cauliflower and it tastes great. Save time in preparing this recipe by buying pre-chopped cauliflower florets.

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    Corn Pudding Recipe

    Corn Pudding

    The Spruce / Stephanie Gallagher

    This is one of those dump-and-stir recipes that is easy enough for a five-year-old to make. Really! The only thing a kindergartener couldn't do to prepare this corn pudding recipe is put it in the oven.

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    Broccoli Mashed Potatoes Recipe

    Broccoli Mashed Potatoes
    Stephanie Gallagher

    This recipe not only combines two side dishes in one, but it's also a great way to introduce the picky eaters in the family to broccoli. With just four ingredients (plus salt and pepper), this mashed potatoes recipe is a snap to prepare.