You Can Eat These 7 Sides Like a Meal

Looking for some lighter dinner options? We’ve rounded up some side dish recipes that are hearty enough to be the main meal. From mushroom and grain salad to lamb flatbread, there are options for many tastes. Read on for 7 recipes that will make your next meal extra delicious.

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1. Mushroom Grain Salad with Pancetta

This hearty grain salad recipe has barley, sautéed mushrooms, leeks, shallots, and crisped pancetta for a salty kick. Over-easy eggs will take this one over the top.

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2. French Lentil Soup with Chicken Confit & Bacon

Packed with our ready-to-use chicken confit and a hint of bacon, this smoky lentil soup recipe is satisfying and super easy to make.


3. Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Chicken, Pancetta & Toasted Hazelnuts

Chicken confit, crispy pancetta, toasted hazelnuts, Pecorino Romano, and a warm vinaigrette transform shredded Brussels sprouts into an otherworldly winter salad. Pair with some crusty bread and your favorite wine for a complete meal.


4. Wild Mushrooms with Truffled Soft Polenta & Parmesan

This comforting recipe comes together quickly and makes a satisfying dinner, no meat needed. Any combination of wild and cultivated mushrooms will work, so use your favorites or what’s in season. Don’t skip the miso paste – it adds depth and a boost of umami.


5. Ham, Asparagus, & Wild Mushroom Strata

This cheesy egg casserole recipe is packed with smoky ham and vegetables. It’s a great way to use leftover ham, or you may substitute smoked chicken.


6. Turkish-Style Lamb Flatbread

This versatile recipe for spiced lamb and feta pide, a Turkish-style boat-shaped flatbread, makes a delectable lunch, dinner, or party appetizer.


7. Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

In this easy recipe, acorn squash is stuffed with a mixture of wild boar sausage, quinoa, mushrooms, leeks, and dried cranberries.


Do you have a favorite side dish that you sometimes eat as a meal?

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