Convert Side Dishes Into Healthy Meals

22 Oct 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine
Just because the cooler months mean more activities in the great outdoors, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on healthy meals.

Autumn can be a busy time for families on the go in the Sultanate. Now that temperatures are falling, all manner of activities are starting to move to the great outdoors, such as sports training, hiking or just hanging out at the beach. But just because we are busier at this time of the year, it doesn’t mean that dinner can’t be simple and wholesome. One easy solution: transform a simple everyday side dish into a meal that will have your family asking for more.

These recipes, created in partnership with lifestyle expert Sandra Lee, feature Bob Evans’ collection of high-quality side dishes ranging from mashed potatoes to macaroni and cheese. The sides, found in the refrigerated section of most local grocery stores, are made with real ingredients and the perfect blend of seasonings to make entrées taste just right.

Find more mealtime solutions that put side dishes at the forefront at Farm Fresh Ideas (, a club that provides recipes, a personalised recipe box and helpful tips in the kitchen.


Time Saving Tips

These simple tricks from Sandra Lee will cut minutes off your busy day, so you can get to the more important things like enjoying the cooler months with your family.

1. Shave minutes off meals using tools in original ways: An ice cream scoop makes cookies and meatballs in a flash; an egg slicer quickly cuts mushrooms and berries.

2. To further speed up slow cooker prep time, keep favourite premixed seasoning packets, pre-sliced vegetables and jar sauces on hand.

3. Desserts don’t need to be made from scratch to have a homespun feel. Dip packaged cookies in chocolate, embellish bakery cupcakes or create lollipops from candies.

Recipe: Macwich


Prep time:  5 minutes
Cooking time:  10 minutes
Servings:  4


  • 8 slices garlic bread, frozen
  • 1 pack of macaroni and cheese, cooked to instructions
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 16 dill pickle, sliced (optional)
  • 1 can tomato soup, prepared (optional for dipping)


  • In large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, heat eight bread slices for three minutes and flip over to evenly warm through.
  • Prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions.
  • Place 1/2 slice of cheddar cheese on each piece of garlic bread.
  • On 4 pieces of garlic bread, evenly spoon about 1/2 a cup of macaroni and cheese on top of cheddar cheese/garlic bread slices.
  • Place remaining four slices of garlic bread on top of macaroni and cheese stack.
  • Toast both sides for an additional two minutes or until bread is toasty brown and cheese is melted. Serve with dill pickle chips and tomato soup for dipping.
Recipe: Mixed Berry Cobbler


Prep time:  10 minutes
Cooking time:  1 hour, 30 minutes
Servings: 6-8


  • 1 pack Bob Evans Glazed Apples
  • 1 cup frozen sweet cherries
  • 1 cup blackberries or raspberries
  • 1 cup pear, diced


  • Heat oven to 190ºC.
  • In large mixing bowl, mix together glazed apples and fruits. Pour into 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • While fruit is baking, mix together ingredients for streusel.

Streusel Topping 

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


  • Mix together brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon until evenly combined. With fingertips, blend in butter pieces until small clumps form and butter is well incorporated, about two minutes.
  • Sprinkle topping evenly over fruit and place back in oven uncovered. Bake until streusel is lightly browned and fruit is tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let set for five minutes before serving.

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