Vegan side dishes may sound obvious, but many vegetable side dishes contain butter, milk, or other additions that make them not so friendly for those trying to adhere to a vegan diet. I searched the Patty Cake’s Pantry website and collected all of my vegan side dishes. This collection, along with my vegan entrees, and vegan soups helped me to more fully realize that I already had a repertoire of vegan recipes I could draw upon to help get me through my 30 days of vegan. The following vegan side dishes are listed in the order in which they were published on the Patty Cake’s Pantry website.
This recipe for seasoned oven fries is very simple to prepare, and is one of our favorites. We frequently make these fries when we’re having meat, but they’re delicious topped with vegan chili or served alongside a veggie burger. Give this one a try, and you’ll never by frozen fries again.
Taco seasoned oven fries are a variation on the fries above, but this spice blend adds a twist that makes these the perfect base for a southwest style plate or bowl, or the perfect accompaniment to dishes that have a Latin or Southwestern flair. These are also great added to a burrito with other vegetables, and hey taste great topped with, or dunked into, a vegan cheese sauce, too.
Roasting Delicata Squash is a great way to prepare this heirloom variety of squash which is growing in popularity. The simple roasting method makes this great as a side dish, or it can be combined with other ingredients to make a delicious vegan side dish. If you’ve never tried delicata squash, you really need to give it a try.
These baked potatoes really are perfect. Many people think of baked potatoes and thin butter, sour cream, or bacon, but they can be a vessel for so many different fillings. Fill them with fajita vegetables, vegan chili, or broccoli and a vegan cheese sauce. Potatoes are a blank canvas and these perfect baked potatoes can become anything your can imagine. They can even be served the traditional way–just a baked potato topped with vegan butter, sunflower sour cream, and chives.
Salsa Rice is a sort of fried rice that’s tossed with salsa, and it’s delicious as a side dish, bit it tastes great in burritos. Before becoming vegan for the month of April, we frequently topped it with cheese, but it’s delicious when tossed with corn, black beans, and topped with avocado. Give our recipe for salsa rice a try. You’ll be glad that you did.
Cabbage is a definite frugal food, and stir fried cabbage is one of our favorite ways to prepare it. This recipe is simple, delicious, and by tossing in a little extra seasoning, and some cooked noodles, you have a homemade vegan chow mein dish that is a definite family favorite.
I said it above, and I’ll say it again. Baked potatoes are a great base for a vegan entrée. “Baked” Potatoes from the Pressure Cooker help to get the potatoes prepared in about half of the time it usually takes. Pressure cookers really are an amazing time saver.
Beet Greens are an often overlooked green that’s loaded with nutrients and makes a great addition to a vegan bowl, or as a side to your favorite entrée. I love turning the greens from my beets into something delicious, and I love knowing that I’ve used something that might have ended up in the trash to stretch my food budget. (That sounds a bit gross, doesn’t it?) Regardless, the next time you buy some fresh, young beets, cook those greens.
This is a simple and delicious recipe that can prepared wither on the stove top or in a rice cooker. It’s so simple that it’s hard to believe that it could be so flavorful. The best part about this recipe is that by adding a few different vegetables like mushrooms, corn, and green onions, this recipe can be completely transformed. Rice is very filling, and Tomato Rice has lots of potential to actually serve as a vegan entrée.
This Simple Sauteed Spinach recipe is basically how I prepare most greens, but it’s particularly good with spinach. The combination of the olive oil, garlic, and lime juice come together for the perfect flavor combination. I love having spinach as a side dish with spaghetti, and this fully loaded marinara sauce is a great choice for a vegan dinner.
Garlic Green Beans make a great side dish, but they also make a great meal when accompanied by some vegan corn bread. I love a big pot of green beans, and flavoring them with garlic adds tons of flavor. These beans are also a great addition to a vegan friendly dinner bowl.
This is a simple and delicious way to add some extra flavor to your usual roasted potatoes. The secret ingredient is a package of Onion Soup and Dip mix which, according to the ingredient list, is vegan. These potatoes are so good that Baker’s Man asks for Roasted Onion Potatoes on a regular basis when it’s cold enough outside to warrant turning on the oven.
Zucchini is paired with onions, garlic, tomatoes, herbs, and spices for a simple and delicious side dish, but this can also be paired with rice or pasta to make a simple vegan entrée. Mushrooms are a great addition to this recipe, too. Italian Style Squash is a delicious and versatile dish, and you should give it a try.
Roasted Spicy Brussel Sprouts and Tomatoes is prepared in one pan and baked in the oven. The flavor of this dish pairs well with Mexican or other Latin inspired dishes. Aside from chopping the vegetables, there’s very little work involved in getting this dish on the table.
I love roasting vegetables, especially during the colder months of the year. Roasted baby carrots are one of my favorites because the roasting process accentuates that natural sweetness of the carrots. If you’ve never roasted carrots before, you need to give it a try. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how good they taste. It’s super easy, too.
We frequently prepare our sweet potatoes with butter, cream, and marshmallows, but this version is simple, contains less sugar, and if you switch regular marshmallows for vegan ones, it’s very vegan friendly. A word of warning, though. If you don’t like pineapple, you probably won’t like this. Otherwise Pineapple Sweet Potatoes are a great way to make your usual sweet potato casserole a little healthier.
Green beans are almost everyone’s favorite vegetable at Patty Cake’s Pantry, and I love that this version is simple to prepare on those crazy weeknights. Green Beans with Onions and Garlic has only four ingredients, and it goes well with almost any entrée. Because this recipe begins with canned beans, it helps you get dinner on the table in no time.
I may be weird, but I really like the combination of corn and rice, so this version of spanish rice, with corn, is something that I really enjoy. It’s easy to prepare, loaded with flavor, and is great on its own, as a side dish, or when tucked into a veggie burrito. Spanish rice with corn is one of my favorite go-to side dishes whenever I’m in the mood for something with Latin flavor.
Green Beans and Tomatoes may sound like a strange combination, but aside from being very pretty, and colorful, this dish is very tasty. It’s great on it’s own, as a side dish, but it’s also great when tossed with some pasta. I particularly like this one combined with bow tie pasta for a simple and filling vegan meal. Give it a try.
That concludes our collection of vegan side dishes. Each of these vegan sides is delicious, and several of them can be easily transformed into entrees by adding pasta, or rice. As it turns out, being vegan isn’t as hard as I though it would be. I already had a lot of recipes in my repertoire without realizing it.
Which of these vegan sides is your favorite? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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