Sides

Sides

By
Ian Thorpe
Contains
11 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781740669788
Photographer
Gorta Yuuki (studio) and William Meppem (location)

Side dishes are really what we should be eating and filling up on as they are usually fresh, healthy, vegetable-based and full of nutrition.

It is true that sides are sometimes the opposite of this – take buttery mashed potatoes, a basket of fries or white bread, which are either fattening or offer limited nutrients, or both. But when you change the focus to vegetables other than potatoes, and to beans and lentils and whole grains, then you can fill up on food that actually serves your body well.

Just a note on potatoes – they are high in carbohydrates and have a high GI, but it is not that they don’t have anything at all to offer. In fact, they are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, fibre and other nutrients, especially with their skins on. But they often lend themselves to substantial amounts of fat such as cream or butter if they are mashed, or oil if they are deep-fried, and can dominate a meal when other vegetables should be allowed to shine!

When I’m cooking, I always ask myself how can I get more vegetables onto my plate, and side dishes such as the recipes in this chapter are usually my answer. Vegetables are packed full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants – things that are essential to the functioning of our bodies, and which fight off infection and disease. They are the key to a healthy life.

My favourite side dish of all is the Vegetable Stir-fry with Miso. It’s easy to prepare, delicious, and gives you no excuse for eating badly. If I haven’t planned my week well and have run out of time to cook food in advance, this is something I can quickly buy the ingredients for on the way home and whip up in a minute. I actually eat it regularly as a light dinner, and might add some tofu or chicken if I have some on hand.

All of these side dishes are easy to prepare and most of them would serve as a perfect light lunch. Or you can serve a few of them for dinner without any ‘main’ as such – why not?!

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