SIDE DISHES: Sidekicks to the Dinner SuperHeroes

Side Dishes
If the protein are the SuperHeroes as mealtime, then the carbohydrates are the SideKicks or Co-Stars.

I like the idea of calling the side dishes of a meal the “sidekicks.” In movies and on television, detectives, cowboys, and romantic leads all have sidekicks who serve several different purposes. They often add comic relief to a story, making it more fun. They also provide a different point of view, making the film more interesting. Sidekicks move the plot along, give viewers more information and help make the story more memorable.

Sidekicks compliment the Superhero.
When considering the sides, think of how to compliment the main entree.

In much the same way side dishes serve as sidekicks to a meal’s protein, adding contrasts in flavor, color and texture that make meals more fun and interesting. They can “save” a less-than-successful protein dish, or serve as a perfect contrast to a protein. Good side dishes will make the meal more memorable. They can also make a meal more nutritious.

Of course, none of this will happen if we mindlessly serve a vegetable or potato dish with no thought to how they relate to the entrée. Taking great care with the preparation of the protein can be cancelled out by careless planning and preparing of side dishes. Thinking of them as sidekicks can remind us to make them an integral part of the meal rather than an afterthought.

I hope you can join me Sunday, February 21, 2016, for my workshop “Sidekicks: The Dinner Co-stars.” It will be held at the Woodstock Public Library, 414 W Judd St, Woodstock, IL 60098 from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. Come and share some ideas, recipes will be shared and enjoy samples. You can register at the library website:; by phone: 815-338-0542 or in person: 414 W. Judd Street, Woodstock IL If you have questions, contact me at or

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *