Strike a balanced meal with our tasty sides and apps.

  • These fritters get a nice crispy crust while maintaining a softer noodly texture on the inside, which is bursting with fresh scallion flavor. YIELD 4 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 15 minutes COOK TIME 25 minutes 1 (3-ounce) package instant ramen noodles, broken into...

  • Do you know those people that can’t help but turn each bite of pasta into a garlic bread sandwich? In their honor, we decided to combine the two. YIELD 10–12 slices ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 5 minutes COOK TIME 30 minutes 1 (11-ounce) package...

  • Crushed ramen noodles add an extra crunch to these tenders—similar to the ever-popular pretzel-crusted chicken. And because the ramen comes with a seasoning packet, you can add less of the other spices you’d normally add to the flour. YIELD 4 servings   ZEST FACTOR Hot...

  • These fun appetizers are a take on an old favorite: jalapeño poppers. YIELD 6–8 servings PREP TIME 25 minutes ZEST FACTOR Medium COOK TIME 7 minutes 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 5 jalapeños, seeded and diced 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon...

  • Calling all cheese-and-potato lovers! This recipe is for you. Although store-bought pimento cheese can be a tad overwhelming, this homemade version balances perfectly with the potatoes. Hint: Make this potato salad the night before to allow the flavor to really develop and mingle. YIELD ABOUT...

  • This tasty, two-bite app is a quick and easy way to get your barbecue bash going as the brisket and ribs are being smoked. While we like our guacamole chunky, feel free to lightly mash the avocados before incorporating other ingredients. Any extra can be...

  • Savory, tangy, spicy and simple. To keep this recipe quick to prepare, we used a store-bought olive salad; ours contained a mixture of green and black olives, capers, pickled vegetables and a blend of herbs and spices. YIELD 6 skewers ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME...

  • The zing of lime and herby punch in this slaw is so delightful with all of the crunchy elements. Traditionally, it’s served like a chicken salad, but we’ve adapted the recipe into a fresh and zesty side for your barbecues. If you love this enough...

  • Keeping it simple is the key to this dish, which proves that you don’t need to add the kitchen sink of ingredients for a dish that’s big on flavor. Although bone marrow is high in fat, and should be eaten sparingly, some studies suggest that...

  • Prep and bake these bites ahead of time for a quick-and-easy weekday breakfast. Simply pop in the microwave or toaster oven and go! YIELD 3 dozen ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 30–35 minutes 2 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ½...