Entertain with ease with fresh, tasty side dishes

The perfect plates for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike!

One of the food-related questions I am asked most often is what to serve visiting vegetarians or vegans. It can be challenging today to satisfy a variety of tastes and appetites. People used to think that they could just serve a ‘regular meal’ and the vegetarians or vegans could just eat the side dishes and avoid the meat. Clearly, that’s not the most hospitable solution and it quite often won’t be offering your guests a balanced meal (including protein) either! I’ve come up with a few side dishes that would work beautifully with many different menus, including a traditional turkey dinner. You’ll note they include classic fall flavours like squash, sweet potato, cranberry and apple. They’ll definitely appeal to vegans and vegetarians and the omnivores at the table will likely love them as well. Click on the heading of each recipe to access it!

Roasted chickpea and sweet potato salad

This amazing dish is packed with flavour and is super simple to prepare; best of all, it’s as nutritious as it is delicious. Find it in the fall 2017 issue of Ottawa At Home magazine, available now on newsstands across the city.

Shredded kale salad with cranberries

This is the salad that turned my family from kale haters into kale lovers. Cranberries are a staple on lots of holiday menus and they’re a great counterpoint to the crisp, fresh flavour of kale. Be sure to take the time to chop the kale finely and to massage in the dressing; it may sound weird, but it’s what’s needed to tenderize the firm leaves and make them easier to enjoy.

Quinoa with roasted squash, apples and cider vinaigrette

 I crafted this recipe specifically for some vegan friends who will be at my holiday table and I know they’re going to love it. Quinoa delivers a great protein punch and the roasted squash, crisp apples and slightly sweet vinaigrette are great accompaniments.

quinoa side dish or meatless main

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About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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