With stores full of farm-fresh harvest vegetables, a simple side dish is a great way to celebrate the season’s bounty and add balance to your dinners. Here we’ve done the meal planning for you: five Ready-to-Cook meat or seafood mains (available at Sobeys), each paired with a side dish recipe that’s quick, easy and flavourful.
- Mumbai Chicken Breast with Spaghetti Squash Curry Rosti
The curry powder in the rosti not only balances the sweetness of the squash, but also complements the Indian-inspired flavours of the chicken.
Cooking Tip: Don’t roast the squash before shredding or you’ll end up with a watery mess. Grate the raw squash, squeeze out the excess moisture and shape into patties.
- Chicken Scaloppini with Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Both of these dishes are classic Italian recipes. The lemon-garlic combo in the scaloppini offers a zingy match to this lightened-up eggplant dish.
Cooking Tip: This eggplant parmesan is baked instead of fried and uses panko crumbs to achieve an equally crispy crust. Serve leftovers on a Kaiser for a hearty sandwich.
- Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs with Slow-Roasted Beets & Shallots with Strawberry Vinaigrette
Earthy beets get tossed in a strawberry-studded vinaigrette that pairs well with rich beef ribs. The mix of flavours and pretty presentation makes this duo perfect for guests.
Cooking Tip: Turn leftovers of this side dish into a salad and serve over arugula, spinach or mixed greens.
- Sweet BBQ Pork Blade Steak with Maple Bacon & Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Pork blade steaks are tender and flavourful, and they team up nicely with stronger flavours like bacon, goat cheese and fresh herbs.
Cooking Tip: Switch up the potato toppings for variety or customize to your liking: try feta instead of goat cheese or green onions in place of chives.