3 Microwavable Vegetable Side Dishes

3 Microwavable Vegetable Side Dishes

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We can all agree that we need to eat more veggies, but that’s easier said than done for most of us. There are plenty of obstacles standing in the way. If we’re being honest, veggies aren’t delicious on their own as whole, they can be difficult to shop for, and can lead to food waste when unused. These obstacles are what I aim to overcome with the three vegetable side dishes below.

Each recipe uses what I would consider a convenience veggie like frozen broccoli or canned green beans and transform them into something tasty and enjoyable. Like, so tasty you may decide to make a meal out of a side dish once you try ’em!

Top Secret Key to Amazing Vegetable Side Dishes: Bacon

That’s right, all three of the vegetable side dishes below incorporate bacon. It’s one of the easiest ways to take a veggie from 0 to 100 real quick.

I use a precooked chicken bacon from Al Fresco which I buy at Walmart. On a per slice basis, it’s possibly the lowest calorie bacon that actually gets crispy I’ve come across.

But you can use any bacon you like. There are plenty of precooked bacons to choose from, and you can even use raw bacon and cook it up yourself. If you go that route check out my guide on cooking bacon in the microwave.

Techniques, ingredients, and cook times for microwaving eggs and bacon without turning them into rubber. Plus, 3 ingredient combos like fajita eggs and BEC.

What about Fresh vs Frozen vs Canned Vegetables?

In case you’re wondering if fresh vegetables are healthier than frozen or canned vegetables, I’ll touch on a few points.

Frozen vegetables are picked at peak ripeness, packed in sterile environments, transported frozen and away from bacteria, and don’t spoil. Research has looked at nutrient levels of both fresh vs frozen and there’s no clear difference. It’s safe to say, frozen vegetables are just as good for you (if not better) as fresh vegetables. Don’t feel guilty about buying frozen.

Canned is a slightly different story, as some can be canned in tons of salt or other ingredients. And there’s always the chance of water soluble vitamins being lost if you drain the cans. That being said, they are still vegetables. If sprucing up a can of veggies is the difference between eating more veggies and not, I’ll take the canned. Something else that’s overlooked here is the non-nutritive benefits of vegetables, and by that I mean that vegetables are typically high volume foods that keep you full for not many calories.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re eating fresh, frozen, canned, or any other way you can find veggies—just eat as many as you can!

bacon sriracha broccoli

Bacon Sriracha Broccoli

First up in our vegetable side dishes lineup is a high protein way to spruce up frozen broccoli. I love this dish because it makes a ton and is great both warm and cold (I actually like it cold better).

And a vegetable side dish with 8 grams of protein? C’mon, it doesn’t get much better than that!

bacon sriracha broccoli
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Bacon Sriracha Broccoli

Take frozen broccoli to next level side dish in minutes.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 80 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 4 C (340g) Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 4 slices Cooked Bacon I used Al Fresco chicken bacon
  • 1/2 C (113g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt plain
  • 1 Tbsp (15g) Light Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Sriracha
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

Instructions

  1. Microwave the broccoli per instructions (around 5-6 minutes).

  2. While the broccoli cooks, mix the remaining ingredients (except the bacon) in a large bowl.

  3. When the broccoli is finished, microwave the cooked bacon (if prepackaged).

  4. Add the bacon to the other ingredients and gently fold everything together.

  5. Crumble the bacon over the mixture and stir well. Serve warm or refrigerate to let the flavors fully meld.

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Sriracha Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

candied carrots

Candied Carrots

This dish reminds me of Thanksgiving and the candied yams or sweet potato casserole. The pecans and bacon provide an unbelievable amount of flavor and texture while the carrots bring everything together. Oh man, I’m getting hungry just writing about it.

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Candied Carrots

An easy recipe to transform a can of carrots into a delectable side dish. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword carrots
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 65 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 15 oz can Sliced Carrots drain
  • 2 slices Cooked Bacon I used Al Fresco chicken bacon
  • 2 Tbsp Walden Farms Pancake Syrup or a lower calorie syrup of your choice
  • 2 Tbsp (14g) Crushed Pecans
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Microwave the bacon for 25-30 seconds until crispy and either crumble or chop. Set aside.

  2. Drain the can of carrots and add to a mug or bowl. 

  3. Add the remaining ingredients and gently stir everything together.

  4. Microwave for 90-120 seconds. Enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts
Candied Carrots
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Protein 2.5g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

lower calorie arkansas green beans

Arkansas Green Beans

Serve these green beans up as a side to rotisserie chicken and mashed cauliflower to have a low calorie, low carb true Southern meal.

lower calorie arkansas green beans
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Lower Calorie Arkansas Green Beans

Quick and easy green beans that don't suck.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword green beans
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 15 oz can Green Beans drained
  • 4 slices Cooked Bacon I used Al Fresco chicken bacon
  • 2 Tbsp (30mL) Walden Farms Pancake Syrup or a lower calorie syrup of your choice
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop the bacon into small pieces. Drain the green beans before mixing with the bacon and remaining ingredients.

  2. Microwave for 90-120 seconds.

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3 microwavable vegetable side dishes, bacon Sriracha broccoli, candied carrots, and Arkansas green beans, that are incredibly tasty and easy to make.



1 thought on “3 Microwavable Vegetable Side Dishes”

  • 5 stars
    Staying within the lines of healthy and delicious is hard for my family during the holidays. As for my Arkie Papa, the green beans should have just as much bacon as the baked beans…. I found M4M when I started to set fitness goals about a year ago, the Arkie style green beans totally topped the “healthy food go to’s” for my family.. With an exception to adding a few ingredients… first off the green beans were made in personal portions for everyone at the dinner table to I just multiplied my ingredients by guest and essembled everything at once … the baseline of ingredients were spot on, I just couldn’t leave out the garlic powder and a splash of soy sauce for zing’ as my papa calls it .. very pleased with the recipes offerd on this site and I look forward to incorporating new mugs into my family’s eats… trying the Al Fresco Chiken Bacon was a first, though definitely not the last!

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