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Shredded Carrot Salad
A quick Dijon- and lemon-spiked vinaigrette dresses up this carrot salad.
Herb Compound Butter
A slice of this dreamy butter has a plethora of uses—top a grilled steak, lightly slather onto steamed vegetables, or stir into mashed potatoes.
Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas
Purchasing packages of sugar snap peas with the strings removed is a worthy time-saving shortcut.
Tex-Mex Green Salsa
Mild chilies and pickled peppers join forces for this condiment. To decrease the spice factor, swap out jalapeños for banana peppers.
Sautéed Kale with Garlic
Minced garlic brings a little pep into a sturdy side like kale. To turn into a meal, toss kale with pasta and herbed goat cheese or use as the base for a frittata.
Roasted Pork Tenderloins
Browning these tenderloins on the stovetop until golden and then popping in the oven to finish is the key to perfectly succulent pork.
Lentils are one of the highest-protein sources of legumes (behind the mighty edamame). If that doesn’t convince you, it’s also one of the quickest-cooking.
Green Olive Tapenade
Most store-bought olive tapenades have a base of black olives. Replacing with green olives provides brininess, plus parsley adds a bright pop of freshness.
Ginger–Green Onion Sauce
The options are endless with this versatile Asian-inspired sauce. Some options: Drizzle over pork or chicken, stir into warm rice, or toss with noodles.
Broccoli Rabe with Red Pepper Flakes and Garlic
Golden garlic slivers and pepper flakes jazz up this side dish. If desired, broccolini can sub in for broccoli rabe.
This spin on the Greek tzatziki sauce combines the coolness of grated cucumber with the punch of fresh garlic. Scoop up with pita triangles or spoon over chicken.
Cooked Brown Rice
Swapping out water for chicken or vegetable broth when cooking any type of rice is a simple step to bump up the flavor.
Use these baby potatoes as a side dish or toss with greens and top with fried eggs to easily transform into a meal.
Roasted Grape Tomatoes
Grape tomatoes take on another form when roasted to caramelization. From side dish to condiment to pasta sauce, the uses are endless.
Eaten on its own or used to bulk up soups or stews, barley is a high-fiber, often-overlooked grain.
Crumbled Italian Sausage
The versatile sausage link can be cooked in the casing or removed from it and crumbled, like in this recipe.
Serve this springtime veg with garlic aioli for dipping or just a drizzle of melted butter.
Toss with your favorite sauce to serve right away, or keep in the fridge for a day or two until needed.
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