5 side dishes that won’t leave you feeling stuffed

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5 side dishes that won’t leave you feeling stuffed

Whether you’re trying to up your veggie intake, or just looking for side dish inspiration beyond roast potatoes, you don’t have to miss out on flavour. These are our picks for lighter sides that won’t take up important stomach real estate, but still don’t feel overly virtuous..

Baby marrow-and-fennel trifolati

This dish, which is just soft veg gently cooked in olive oil, sounds fancier than it really is, but delivers on full flavour. Mix up the veg for whatever you’ve got to hand – kale and broccoli would also work wonders here.

Get the recipe for baby marrow-and-fennel trifolati here.

Cauliflower-and-pine nut salad

Cauliflower really is the MVP of the vegetable world, and here it proves just how substantial it can be when tossed with nuts and a punchy dressing. Feel free to swap the pine nuts for any other you prefer.

Get the recipe for cauliflower-and-pine nut salad here.

Sesame-cured broccoli salad

When sitting down to a meal of rich roast meat, this side dish is like a breath of fresh air. Bright and crunchy, it only improves in flavour as it sits.
Get the recipe for sesame-cured broccoli salad here.

Grilled greens

Whether you cook them on the braai or in a grill pan over a high heat, you should be grilling your greens.
Get the recipe for grilled greens here.

Crunchy fried Brussels sprouts

As divisive as they may be, there’s no denying that it’s just not Christmas without Brussels sprouts. Give them a makeover with the addition of croutons and crispy onion sprinkle.
Get the recipe for crunchy fried Brussels sprouts here.


Jess Spiro Article by: Jess Spiro

Jess Spiro is a freelance food writer, chef and restaurant critic based in Cape Town, who can often be found in search of the next great plate of food. Follow her on Instagram @jess_spiro to see what she's eating.

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