not exactly friendly (violet_serene) wrote in vegancooking,
not exactly friendly

side dishes

I am completely clueless when it comes to thinking up good side dishes. When I'm cooking for myself I don't usually bother, just make one main dish and that's that, but now I've got a girlfriend to cook for, so I want our dinners to be a little nicer.

She'll be here next week (it's a long-distance relationship) and I am stuck on side dishes for two of the dinners. For one of the dinners, the main dish is breaded tofu (white wave Italian garlic & herb baked tofu, breaded and fried) and for the other dinner the main dish is a risotto w/ green onions and shiitake mushrooms. For both of them I want to serve some kind of vegetable on the side, but I'm not sure what would "go" with them. And I want to do more than just steam up some broccoli -- I want some way to make it exciting. Help please? Also during the week, I'm making a potato-based soup, so I'd rather that the side dishes not be potatoes.

Thanks for you help!

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