With great ingredients and proper technique, humble vegetables like potatoes and carrots are transformed into delicious family meal side dishes. Below are four easy methods, plus eight F&W recipes that use these classic vegetables (right).

By Kristin Donnelly
Updated March 31, 2015

Broccoli Rabe

Blanch broccoli rabe for one minute, cool it down and dry well. Sear it in a hot cast-iron skillet and toss with a chile sauce, like Sriracha.


Slice carrots on the diagonal into chunks and roast until tender, then sprinkle with fennel pollen or fennel fronds.


Roast whole 4-ounce potatoes until the skin is crisp and the flesh is soft; top them with olive oil, salt and pepper.


Brush radicchio and halved Belgian endives with olive oil and grill until slightly charred. Core and chop them, then toss with extra-virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar and arugula.

More Fast Side Dishes, Vegetables and Salads:

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Pine Nuts and Olives
Credit: © Ellie Miller
Stir-Fried Green Beans in Tortilla Wraps
Credit: © Maura McEvoy
Indian-Spiced Chickpea Salad with Yogurt and Herbs
Credit: © Petrina Tinslay