Sometimes the simplest recipes I make end up being my absolute favorites. To me there’s nothing better than a few fresh ingredients and a killer seasoning or sauce, especially when it comes to sides! Today we’re ringing in spring with 17 of the best healthy side dish recipes that are perfect for pairing with literally any meal you make.

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Beautiful vegan nachos with tofu taco meat and a creamy nacho cashew cheese sauce. Everyone will love these loaded nachos for their next favorite appetizer!

Lately, I’ve been loving sitting on my emerald green velvet couch with my heating pad and writing blog posts. I play the latest discover weekly on Spotify and jam out while I edit photos and write whatever comes to mind. This is my process. Today I’m sitting here dreaming about how incredible these nachos were…

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Sweet and spicy maple roasted butternut squash with brussels sprouts and savory, crispy bacon. This filling, veggie-packed dish is perfect for a side dish or a main meal!

I hope your weekend was as relaxing and rejuvenating as mine was. My house is a disaster and we’re in recovery mode after our wedding weekend, but oh my goodness did we HAVE FUN! I can’t wait to show you all of our amazing photos from our photographer and all the other details.

Before I let you get on with your holiday festivities, I have one last recipe for your Thanksgiving table that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.

As Taylor would say… Are you readddyyyy for it?

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Delicious maple glazed carrots roasted with pure maple syrup and garlic. Topped with creamy goat cheese crumbles and crunchy pistachios — this easy, veggie side dish will impress everyone at your holiday gatherings! 

Coming at you live with another delish side dish to share with family and friends this season. Among all of the turkeys and stuffings and gravy, every Thanksgiving table needs some gorgeous, bright veggies. Don’t you think?

It’s the best way to make sure your traditionally beige plate is filled with a little pop of color. I mean, we eat with our eyes first, right? So it’s time I introduce you to my new fav side dish: my sweet and savory maple glazed carrots.

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Bacon wrapped plantains with a hint of sweetness from pure maple syrup and a little spicy thanks to a kick of cayenne pepper. Everyone will be raving over this unique, easy appetizer!

Meet my favorite appetizer that’s making an appearance at my wedding (in one week!) thanks to Fig Catering here in Chicago: bacon wrapped plantains. I know we are supposed to do weekend favorite on Fridays, but it’s almost Thanksgiving and I’m here to give you what you need: RECIPES!

These bacon wrapped plantains are sweet, spicy and all things nice and I swear you guys are going to fall head over heels as soon as they pop out of the oven.

And I have to say: they make an outrageously delicious holiday season appetizer. Hehehehe.

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Thai Green Beans made on the stovetop with a delicious easy peanut sauce. These will be your new favorite way to eat green beans!

Look we all need to get our veggies in. It’s important for the bones, ya’ll.

I used to be really good about eating veggies at every meal but sometimes eggs and avocado toast call my name and then I eat chocolate for dessert and call it a day.

I’m only human.

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Quick and flavorful cucumber bites topped with delicious pesto flavored Genova tuna, fresh tomato and basil, creamy mozzarella, and a drizzle of homemade balsamic reduction. These little Caprese bites are light, healthy, and perfect for entertaining! 

Not sure if you guys are happy about zucchini week being over or completely devastated. I’m ready for a little something different in the recipe rotation because guess what I learned? Tony hates zucchini. He told me this after he picked the roasted zucchini out of the enchilada casserole I made. Funny enough, he did completely demolished several slices of my chocolate zucchini cake with zero complaints.

Heh. Men.

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Gorgeous roasted strawberries paired with creamy goat cheese and fresh basil on top of crispy crostini. An incredible summer appetizer that’s perfect for entertaining! 

We’re already in the middle of summer and I feel like time is flying. Anyone else? I forget how fast it goes when each week brings something different and the sun stays out till 9PM. I’m so lucky to be spending this summer traveling, spending time with people I love, and of course cooking and eating delicious food.

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Did you know you can make grilled sweet potato fries in no time at all? Try this amazing recipe for sweet potato fries with a hint of garlic and sesame flavor! Served with a yogurt curry dip. 

I’ve decided that one of the things I love most about living in Chicago is that you get to experience such greenery in the spring and summer. It’s a little surprise that hits you with joy after wind whipping and snow for a good 6 months.

Now that summer is here, the outside of our condo is completely covered in beautiful green vines. I love opening my windows each morning and seeing the birds hang out amongst the vines, chirping as early at 4am.

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