Post # 1
I’m planning a shrimp alfredo dinner with a salad as an appetizer, and I’m debating on sides. A lot of people think sides are unnecessary for alfredo, but I’m kinda leaning toward having one or two sides for a couple of reasons:
I don’t like filling up completely on basically carbs and cream for the main meal.
This is completely a personal preference, but I feel like a dinner should have 2 sides. Idk, it’s just a thing (and to me, bread does not count- bread is merely a vehicle for the leftover sauce :p. ).
Depending on your alfredo sauce, shrimp alfredo can be reasonably light. When I do alfredo, I go for a lighter, more delicate alfredo with shrimp. If I have chicken in it, I go for a thicker, richer sauce.
So, your opinion-does shrimp alfredo need sides? How many? I’m debating on whether to make grilled zucchini, roasted broccoli (probably with a little bit of lemon), or green beans, btw.
Post # 3
I love grilled zucchini and roasted broccoli as sides sounds delicious!
Post # 4
and to me, bread does not count- bread is merely a vehicle for the leftover sauce :p
Damn, I was going to suggest breadsticks, lol. I like your description. It made me lol.
I would do a veggie like broccoli. We did broccoli and snap peas fried in olive oil on the stove. That was awesome.
Post # 5
What about sauteed spinach? I also like the grilled zucchini and broccoli options!
Post # 6
Maybe broccoli rabe or spinach.
Post # 7
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@ForeverBirds: I usually make a green side so I don’t end up gorging myself on pasta when I made alfredo or spagetti. That said, I count a salad as a green side and call it a day usually. But I have gone to only eating one side with dinner since my FH doesn’t really eat veggies and it seems silly to make two veggies he won’t eat so I generally make myself a double portion of one veggie (usually broccoli.)
Post # 8
What about grilled fresh asparagus? Saute it with olive oil and a little soy sauce, yummy. 🙂
Post # 9
Creamed, sauteed spinach, grilled asparagus, or sauteed French green beans. Maybe crab cakes?
Post # 10
I consider shrimp alfredo to be a one-dish meal, so with bread and a green salad to start I think you’ll be fine. If you really want to have sides, a green vegetable (steamed broccoli with lemon?) and maybe roasted carrots/parsnips would be good. But as a guest I wouldn’t find it odd to be served a pasta dish with no sides like I would if it were, say, a steak with no sides.
Post # 11
@megz06: We will be having French bread, but like I said, more to sop up the sauce with (I’ve been known to put extra sauce on my plate just so I could do this.)
@crayfish: , @MarMBer: Unfortunately SO can’t stand greens of any kind- spinach, collards, kale, you name it. But I’m definitely considering broccoli (this is for Valentine’s Day, btw. We decided to do shrimp alfredo instead of jumbalaya like I posted a few days ago).
@beachbride1216: I’m trying to get SO more into veggies, which he’s ok with. He’s up for at least trying new things- the flip side is he gets to try to get me to eat fruit lol. He’ll eat salad, so I’m thinking a small Caesar salad and one or two small portions of sides (one reason I love frozen veggies- I can make only what I need right then!)
@Sunfire: I have actually never tried asparagus, although it’s on my list of things to try. What’s it like?
Post # 12
@Pinksapphire: Unfortunately SO can’t stand greens of any kind, but I’m definitely considering green beans. Never tried asparagus. And the crab cake is an interesting suggestion- in my search for sides I never thought about something that wasn’t a vegetable (although I did contemplate adding some crab to the alfredo to make it seafood instead of shrimp). I’ll definitely have to add that to my list of “possibles.”
@sailor: Oooh. Roasted carrots- you made my mouth water. Love love LOVE carrots, especially in savory dishes (never did like the candied carrots thing). I might do carrots and broccoli if I don’t put any in the salad.
Post # 14
I’d do green beans or the roasted broccoli. Yum!
Post # 15
@ForeverBirds: When I make mac and cheese (similar heavy, cheesy, bad for your thighs pasta), I make roasted tomatos and green beens or broccoli. Roasted tomatos are so easy– cut the 1 inch tomatos (any grape, roma, large cherry will do) in half and place on a foil lined, ungreased, cookie sheet. Sprinkle with basil, oregano, and parsley, bake at 350 for an hour or broil for 10 minutes. So good and light. That with a green veggie with a lemon are awesome sides.
Post # 16
@ForeverBirds: Grilled zucchini and grilled asparagus are both WONDERFUL with alfredo (or any other pasta) (or any other meal) (or as a delicious snack) (ok, I’ll quit)
My husband is a big meat & potatoes guy, but he LOVES him some grilled zucchini or asparagus. A little olive oil drizzle, some salt & pepper… easy as pie and SO good!!
Also, I always serve cottage cheese as a side dish when we have pasta. If you like it, it goes great with both red sauces and white ones.