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You have your main protein picked out, what do you pair with it to complete your meal?

THarper1124THarper1124 Posts: 3Member, Premium Member Posts: 3Member, Premium Member
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So I’m trying to meal prep this week and we usually eat chicken, turkey or a lean beef as a main course in our meals. I’m looking to mix up the side dish I usually prepare with those. Most days it’s a cauliflower rice, white or brown rice. Does anyone have any other suggestions they can help me out with? Thank you and I appreciate the feedback. 🤙


  • tecat810tecat810 Posts: 558Member Member Posts: 558Member Member
    I usually add a salad or a steamed veggies such as steamed broccoli as sides. Sometimes roasted red potatoes as the higher carb item instead of the rice.
  • Adc7225Adc7225 Posts: 1,385Member Member Posts: 1,385Member Member
    When I grocery shop I tend to buy a good amount of vegetables, so my go to sides could be two vegetables. I run either or on stir fries because I prefer my veggies pretty plan - olive oil and pepper or a little salted butter. For some of us we are so trained to have a side dish (I am not saying that is bad thing) but one or two veggies can work. I also like roasted sweet potatoes, boiled potatoes and some rice with mushrooms and onions. I recently added quinoa and beans to my diet.
  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 4,796Member, Premium Member Posts: 4,796Member, Premium Member
    Sugar snap peas, steamed

    Baked sweet potato


    Roasted veggies


    Broccoli, raw or steamed

    Potato salad
  • nighthawk584nighthawk584 Posts: 636Member Member Posts: 636Member Member
    Romaine lettuce with spinach mix
    Black Beans
    Pinto Beans
    Green Beans
    Zucchini / yellow squash
    Sweet Potato
    Stir fry veggies
    Corn on the cob
    Cucumber salad with onion and tomato
    to name a few// and I also do the cauliflower rice with salsa on top
    edited August 19
  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 2,771Member Member Posts: 2,771Member Member
    I'm going to repeat some of what others have said because it's too hard not to.

    Brussels sprouts
    Pita (preferably homemade - they're pretty quick compared to other breads)
    Yams/sweet potatoes
    A salad of some sort - not romain based (I do like protein on salads)
    Black beans
    Garbanzo beans
    Wilted spinach
    Various sorts of banchan
    Various grains (including polenta and farro)
    Sticky rice (aka glutinous rice)
    Winter squash

    I prefer to roast most of the vegetables listed but will eat some of the steamed or sauteed as well. This evening I had grilled chicken with corn, shishito peppers, tabouli, and pita bread
  • THarper1124THarper1124 Posts: 3Member, Premium Member Posts: 3Member, Premium Member
    Thank you all for the suggestions, I really appreciate the feedback from the community.
  • apullumapullum Posts: 3,992Member Member Posts: 3,992Member Member
    I often just do protein, lots of veggies, and sauce or seasoning of some kind. We don't necessarily have a carb with dinner...although we do have dessert :)
  • missysippy930missysippy930 Posts: 1,314Member Member Posts: 1,314Member Member
    Oven roasted veggies are my go to.
    Changing up veggies and spices and/or herbs. I never get tired of it. During fall and winter, we have baked acorn squash a lot.
    edited August 20
  • lapesadillalapesadilla Posts: 59Member, Premium Member Posts: 59Member, Premium Member
    Sauteed zucchini slices with a nice crispy browned sear on each side is a really nice simple side dish. You can toss with a little hoisin/sambal/sesame oil or a vinaigrette if you want stronger flavor to compliment your protein of choice.

    Broccoli roasted crispy in olive oil and sea salt with a squeeze of lemon over it at the very end is like vegetable crack.

    I don't usually find rice to be worth the calories versus a nice pile of smartly cooked veggies
    edited August 20
  • coffeerose55coffeerose55 Posts: 17Member Member Posts: 17Member Member
    What type of herbs or spices do you all put on your roasted veggies?
  • sweetbe44sweetbe44 Posts: 124Member, Premium Member Posts: 124Member, Premium Member
    What type of herbs or spices do you all put on your roasted veggies?

    I usually just add salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • sweetbe44sweetbe44 Posts: 124Member, Premium Member Posts: 124Member, Premium Member
    All of the above, and I also love roasted spiralized sweet potatoes sprinkled with smoked paprika. Soooo good.
  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 2,771Member Member Posts: 2,771Member Member
    What type of herbs or spices do you all put on your roasted veggies?

    Typically just salt and pepper, sometimes I'll use goya's adobo seasoning (the one that is essentially salt, black pepper, garlic, and oregano) but I don't find roasted vegetables need a lot of complex seasoning. That's despite my very well stocked spice cabinet
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 3,849Member Member Posts: 3,849Member Member
    My typical vegetable pairings.

    Very lean protein such as white fish: earthy veg such as roast asparagus, roast squash, sauteed spinach
    Quite lean such as chicken or turkey breast: roast broccoli, roast carrots with maple syrup and mustard, roast cauliflower or broccoli
    Sweetish fatty protein such as duck: braised red cabbage, sauteed green cabbage
    Rich protein such as steak, lamb chops, chicken thighs: roast chicory, roast tomato, grilled courgette or aubergine, roast red bell peppers
    Fatty protein such as pork sausage, shoulder or belly: apple sauce, boiled carrots, sauerkraut, cabbage
  • missysippy930missysippy930 Posts: 1,314Member Member Posts: 1,314Member Member
    I use salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes a lot. Also Mrs Dash blends and Italian blends. Dill.
    I cut the veggies similar size, place in a gallon zip loc bag, add 1 tbsp oil, spices, mix well. Roast on a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet. Parchment is a wonderful product. No sticking and makes clean up a breeze.
    My best find this year is flake sea salt. It’s great on everything, and you don’t need much.
    edited August 24
  • 777Gemma888777Gemma888 Posts: 8,369Member Member Posts: 8,369Member Member
    The basic that many members have shared, only I prefer the lemon pepper flavour. Alternatively, I would herb or spice it up depending on the country's cuisine I am trying to table that night.
  • NoHookUpZoneNoHookUpZone Posts: 1,367Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,367Member, Premium Member
    Grilled veggies, oh yes
  • whmscllwhmscll Posts: 2,124Member Member Posts: 2,124Member Member
    - Corn on the cob plus another veggie or salad
    - Whole wheat rotini pasta with a bit of margarine and parmesan cheese, plus a veggie or salad
    - Fajitas plus a salad
    - Tuscan pasta salad with the chicken added to it
    - Quinoa salad (quinoa with a bunch of veggies and spices plus a dressing) with the chicken added to it
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