My all-time favorite meal is stuffed peppers. Beautiful looking green bell peppers with a delicious stuffing of meat, rice, tomato sauce, and some rich cheesy craziness. However, you can stuff your pepper with anything you like!
It is often really hard to decide between the side dishes to serve that perfectly complements your main dish. Do not worry, as this article contains some of the best side dishes options that not only taste delicious but also ‘doesn’t use the oven.’ 🙂 Thinking about why the oven? So, stuffed peppers require the oven in preparation, therefore, the side dishes we will discuss are all non-oven options to ensure that you can prepare both stuffed peppers and side dishes simultaneously.
Note: The side dishes we are suggesting often go with Italian-style or Mediterranean-style stuffed peppers.
With all the carbs in the stuffed peppers, you desire something fresher, crispier, and lighter on the side that complements your peppers. Besides, the nutrition and taste, salads provide you with a lot of options to choose from. Here are a few best salad options for you;
- A Greek salad that incorporates cucumbers, chick peas, basil, and some tomatoes.
- A refreshing salad that includes avocados and some freshly cut cucumbers. In addition, you can add some tomatoes and cilantro to make it even better.
- A custom salad bowl with some freshly cut lettuce, tomatoes, crispy cucumbers, and cold cheese. Furthermore, top it up with some ranch dressing.
2. Sautéed Green Beans
Sautéed green beans serve as one of the best sides with stuffed peppers. It can be served on a casual weekday night or at a fancy dinner party. Furthermore, the sautéed beans are delicious, crispy, and look marvelous.
3. Zucchini and Yellow Squash
For my vegan friends out there! why not serve veggies on the side of the stuffed peppers? The epic and delicious combination of zucchini, bell peppers, and yellow squash can even make the non-veggies fall in love.
4. Steamed Broccoli
Often we do not have enough time to make something very fancy for a side dish, especially when you’ve spent time making stuffed peppers. In that case, you can always pair your peppers with steamed broccoli; simple and delicious. However, I suggest adding some salt, pepper, and butter to steamed broccoli to make it taste outstanding.
The combination of garlic, parmesan, and cauliflower serves as a perfect side for your stuffed peppers. Furthermore, the roasted garlic parmesan cauliflower gives the right amount of crunch needed with the peppers.
Even though making these cauliflowers may take up your time but trust me, they are worth it.
6. Sautéed Carrots
Carrots are not only delicious but highly nutritious too. They are rich in vitamin A and potassium. You can be creative with your carrots and prepare them however you may like. However, my suggestion would be to caramelize your carrots with some brown sugar, garlic, thyme, and vinegar. It will certainly be a treat to your eyes and mouth. In addition, the vibrant colors will make your whole meal look very attractive.
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I hope you liked the insights about stuffed peppers. It’s a quick process to make divine stuffed peppers. Firstly, decide on the stuffing ingredient for peppers. Secondly, choose an amazing side to serve with your peppers. Thirdly, serve as a pro! 😉
Lastly, don’t forget to share your experience in the comments section below.
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