Hello! I'm Ashleigh! I live in Michigan with my family of 3 girls (4 year old twins and a 2 year old), husband and abnormally large lab mix. Since I was little, I have loved to save money, but my bargaining skills were kicked up a notch when we found out we were having twins. I can spot a red clearance sticker from a mile away! I write tips and recipes on my blog Being Cheap is Easy and also on Recipes4Living. I love to cook, read, listen to music and watch anything on Bravo (so addicting!). Say hello on Twitter or Instagram!
A few weeks ago, I posted about how to save money on your Easter dinner. Now it’s time to think about what sides to make! The most budget friendly sides tend to be veggie or fruit based. Since the meat is usually the show of the Easter meal, I like to keep the sides simple…and also on the healthier side.
Here are a few ideas I have, all under $5!
· Strawberries with honey
o So simple! Slice strawberries and toss with about a teaspoon of honey (per quart). Put in the fridge and it will make tasty syrup! Apples can also be added.
o I came up with this last Thanksgiving and it has become a favorite side dish in our house!
· Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes
o Slice washed sweet potatoes in 1 inch coins. In a bowl, melt butter or coconut oil. Add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon of honey. Brush on sweet potatoes and bake at 400* for 20-25 minutes. For an extra oomph, top with mini marshmallows for the last 5 minutes.
· Roasted broccoli
o Toss chopped broccoli in 1 tablespoon olive oil, pepper and coarse salt. Roast at 425* for 20 minutes, or until slightly brown.
· Cinnamon Apples
o Slice apples (about ½ apple per guest) in 1/10th pieces. Toss with ¼ cup of flour, 1 tablespoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon nutmeg. Pour into a sprayed 9×13 pan. Top with ½ cup juice (white grape or apple seem to work best). Bake at 375* for 20-30 minutes.
· Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
o This is my go-to potato recipe for ham. Although it calls for including the ham in it while cooking, I just leave it out! It’s nice to have a side dish that you can make early and forget about!
If you head over to my blog, Being Cheap is Easy, you can enter to win a $50 gift card for HoneyBaked Ham! We loved the smoked turkey for wraps!
Side note: have you joined my new online book club yet? We’re reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed this month and we would love some more people to help us discuss!
What is your go-to simple side dish recipe?
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