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Baked Macaroni as a main...what sides?

RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 10:36 AM

making baked macaroni as a main dish to try out these mini casserole dishes I bought, not for a dinner party or anything special, just for myself really. But looking for some good "sides" suggestions.


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    Cheesy Oysters RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 10:53 AM

    I love steamed broccoli with mac and cheese. I guess I like green vegetables with it because I also think sauteed spinach goes really well too.

    1. jfood RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 10:56 AM

      Cheese and tomatoes always worked for jfood. did you make a great tomato soup a couple of weeks ago that you posted? Maybe as a side you could try some tomatoes under the broiler with some good cheese all gooey on top.

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        RPMcMurphy RE: jfood Feb 21, 2008 11:02 AM

        hmmm, sounds like an option.

        I'm thinking now...that I might want to do the mac and cheese as a side....or a "co-side" with some chicken tenders and either peas or some baby tomatos under the broiler with some left over cheese that I have. (i think i have some moz, gruyere, and parm)

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          Alice Letseat RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 11:10 AM

          Baby crab cakes or even tuna salad, almost any kind of sauteed greens (including spinach, kale, even mustard greens if you like a little bite). Also cole slaw.

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            hangrygirl RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 11:13 AM

            I vote for tomatoes, sounds yummy!

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            Will Owen RE: jfood Feb 21, 2008 03:16 PM

            My favorite side dish with mac'n'cheese is broiled tomatoes, but I do mine topped with just some freshly-crushed garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, a little S&P and a well-distributed pinch of herbes de Provence. Then for some crunchy greenery I like fresh creamy cole slaw, though a small salad with some frisée and sliced endives is maybe a tad more elegant, if you like.

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            alexajord RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 11:11 AM

            For me, it's easy:
            peas, baked beans and potato chips. Can NOT eat baked beans without potato chips to scoop them up with. Bush's beans if I'm in a rush; homemade more often than not.

            My mom always did stewed tomatoes with mac n cheese.

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              morebubbles RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 11:14 AM

              I suggest steamed asparagus. check out my pic:

              1. Miss Needle RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 11:56 AM

                Definitely greens like collards to cut the richness of the baked macaroni (I'm assuming you mean macaroni and cheese).

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                  JungMann RE: Miss Needle Feb 21, 2008 12:11 PM

                  I always love collards with baked macaroni, though my recipe, flavored with bacon and smoked pork, does very little to cut back on "richness" I'm afraid! You might also consider going with some stuffed tomatoes or peppers as a light side.

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                  minisma RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 01:00 PM

                  Rachel Ray's sherry cherry tomatoes are really good.

                  1. foxy fairy RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 01:03 PM

                    Like others above, I immediately thought tomatoes -- I love sauteed or broiled grape tomatoes with just a touch of olive oil, and some fresh basil.

                    Sauteed chard would be good too -- I add grape tomatoes and some toasted pistachio to the chard, dress with just a little lemon and olive oil, salt and pepper.

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                      sfcitygirl RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 01:05 PM

                      I love a simple arugula salad with a lemon vinaigrette dressing.

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                        Erika L RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 02:59 PM

                        Steamed Brussels sprouts with brown butter and a few drops of vinegar.

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                          RPMcMurphy RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 06:40 PM

                          made the Feta baked mac and cheese with some Panko breaded tenders (after spicing up the chicken a little), some quick homemade BBQ sauce and some itty bitty tomatoes stuffed with some left-over-from sunday Fresh Moz. olive oil and some basil.

                          came out perfect!!!!



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                            Kelli2006 RE: RPMcMurphy Feb 21, 2008 09:45 PM

                            That sounds amazing, but I am more convinced that you are not a culinary novice. Ive worked in restaurants w/ people who could not prepare that.

                            I usually make a steamed and then sautéed veg medley with a vinaigrette dressing.

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