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What to serve with macaroni and cheese

So, I just made a batch of macaroni and cheese... another current thread inspired me. It turned out well, but I just don't think I'm a fan of mac and cheese on its own. What do you suggest serving on the side to balance things out? Preferably, veggies or beans. I was thinking roasted cauliflower, but that does not add any color.

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  1. BBQ pork ribs, collards, and green bean casserole. Unfortunately you would have had to start the ribs and greens about six hours ago. ; )

    1. Roasted broccoli. Good for you and goes great with the cheese. If you eat some in the same forkful as the mac n cheese, it's almost like you're eating broccoli with cheese sauce. Really good cheese sauce...with pasta!
      Ok. That was overboard.
      But trust me, they go well together!

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      1. re: QueenB

        Ah, QueenB, I don't think you went overboard at all. You just sound like you'd really enjoy that menu...as would I. Oh, and I agree. Broccoli's a great side for mac and cheese.

        1. re: QueenB

          +1 for broccoli. I think it is a perfect match with mac n' cheese.

        2. Sauteed greens (pretty much anything - spinach, kale, chard, etc) with garlic and maybe a little hot chili flake.

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          1. re: LauraB

            Another thumbs up for sauteed greens. I really like chard with mac and cheese, but all of these would be good.

            1. re: LauraB

              I agree! Born/Raised in the south and Macaroni & Cheese to me.....screams greens!

            2. I would just do a simple salad with apple matchsticks, toasted pecans, and cranberries. The fruity flavours and the nuts will enhance the cheeses you used in your mac and cheese.

              Alternatively, you could a tomato ragout, which would be a "gourmand" equivalent of using ketchup with your mac and cheese (I've seen so many people add ketchup to their mac and cheese and I have to gag each and every time - ketchup is not one of my favourite things...).

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              1. re: Juniper

                Yes to a big green salad, but I was imagining plump red tomatoes in leaf lettuce. There should be some radishes and green peppers, and a vinaigrette to be a counterpoint to the cheesy macaroni.
                Serve some nice Kalamata olives, and pilckled onions, and you have a nice dinner.

                1. re: Juniper

                  I love this idea! It's so classic I don't know why I never thought of it myself.

                2. Awesome. All great ideas, thanks. The BBQ pork ribs sound awesome, but I'm not sure I'll have the time tomorrow. The broccoli is already in my fridge - don't know how I didn't think of that one earlier. Sauteed greens and tomato ragout sound good too. Even thought the mac and cheese was homemade, it was just so boring on it's own... these suggestions will totally help it out!