Holiday Side Dishes

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Simple Holiday Side Dishes for the Busy Mom

The holidays are supposed to be a time for relaxing with family. Between entertaining, cooking and taking care of kids, however, we are usually left feeling stressed and overwhelmed. So to make meal planning a little bit easier this year, here are three fool-proof vegetable holiday side dish recipes. Best of all, these dishes can all be baked at the same temperature, making it easy to cook several sides at once.
Green Bean Casserole
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ cup diced onion
1 cup sour cream
3 (14.5 ounce) cans green beans or equivalent frozen beans
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup crumbled butter crackers
1 Tablespoon melted butterMelt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in flour, and cook for one minute. Add in salt, sugar, onion, sour cream and green beans. Stir until coated.Pour mixture into a 2 ½ quart casserole dish. If preparing the day before, cover and refrigerate overnight.Sprinkle cheese over casserole. Toss cracker crumbs and melted butter together, then add that over the cheese.Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.Baked Asparagus Side Dish

1 bunch fresh asparagus
2 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegarArrange trimmed asparagus on a baking sheet. Coat with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.Bake asparagus for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.Melt butter in a saucepan. Remove from heat, stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, and pour over asparagus before serving.Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
2 pounds thawed hash brown potatoes
½ cup melted butter
10.75 ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup
8 ounces sour cream
½ cup chopped onion
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepperMix hash browns, butter, soup, sour cream, onion, cheeses, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Pour mixture into a 3 quart baking dish.Cover and refrigerate if preparing the day before.Bake covered for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.These holiday side dishes were created with the busy mom in mind. Both the green bean and hash brown casseroles can be prepared the day before. Then, you only need to worry about placing each of dishes in an oven at 350 degrees F together. These vegetable and potato sides are sure to be hit at your holiday table.