The Best Sides to Serve with Frozen Mac & Cheese

The Best Sides to Serve with Frozen Mac & Cheese

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Meghan Splawn
Jul 30, 2018
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When it comes to choosing sides for frozen macaroni and cheese, you can go one of two ways: cook some vegetables to serve on top of (or folded into) the macaroni, or make a fresh slaw to serve alongside it. Truthfully, sometimes I do both to satisfy everyone at the table. Here are 10 of my favorite sides that make mac and cheese a meal.

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1. Oven-Roasted Frozen Broccoli

This easy side dish doubles as a macaroni mix-in. Broccoli is my 6-year-old's favorite vegetable these days, so I've got a freezer stocked full of it. Did you know you can roast broccoli straight from the freezer? Just slide it right into the oven alongside the frozen mac and cheese.

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2. Sheet Pan Roasted Tomatoes & Mushrooms

The beauty of a sheet pan side is that you can roast a little something for everyone. The kids get sweet and juicy tomatoes, and the adults can fold both the rich mushrooms and tomatoes into the creamy pasta.

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3. Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potatoes

These potatoes are packed with garlicky flavor, and their crisp exterior is an ideal complement to the rich mac and cheese.

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4. Easy Lemon-Ginger Spinach

Spinach cooks quickly on the stovetop, making it a smart and easy side for the nights when you want to microwave that frozen mac.

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5. Cowboy Caviar

Often served as a dip, this no-cook recipe is actually the perfect make-ahead side. We love it mixed right into our bowls.

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6. Salt and Vinegar Cucumbers

These no-cook cucumbers balance the richness of mac and cheese with their tangy, salty bite. If your kids love salt and vinegar potato chips, they will love these crisp cucumbers.

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7. Tangy Carrot Slaw

This is one of my family's favorite slaws, and it's so simple my 6-year-old often makes it. Pre-shredded carrots from the produce section make it even faster.

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8. Light & Easy Broccoli Slaw

This creamy slaw has lots of crunch, thanks to chopped red onion and toasted nuts. It's perfect for pairing with any kind of cheesy macaroni.

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9. Cabbage and Apple Slaw with Honey Lime Dressing

The slightly sweet honey dressing makes this fruit-and-veggie slaw a true crowd-pleaser. To ensure your kids love it as much as you do, chop the cabbage into extra-thin shreds.

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10. Apple-Bacon Slaw

This is everything I want in slaw served with cheesy pasta. It can be built on a base of cabbage or shaved Brussels sprouts, making it a versatile option for frozen mac and cheese night.

What is your favorite frozen macaroni and cheese partner?

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