Side Dishes

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Never underestimate the addition of a great side dish. From pureed lentils with toasted onions to Jalapeño Cilantro Salsa or Fava Beans with Garlic and Lemon, a good side dish can really complement and even enhance a meal. The versatility of several of these recipes gives you the option of preparing them vegetarian style or with chicken, beef, or lamb to turn it into a main course. Choose from healthy vegetables, like okra or Fordhook lima beans prepared in a rich tomato and cilantro sauce with olive oil, or tangy sautéed spinach with lemon and olive oil topped with caramelized onions. Many of the recipes can be prepared a day or two in advance, and since most of them are offered at room temperature they can be transferred to their platters in advance.

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