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These easy 3-ingredient summer side recipes will pep up your dinner routine

These recipes for green beans with shallots and bacon, double sesame greens, and baby potatoes with basil and goat cheese are so easy.
/ Source: TODAY

We know, we know — it's too hot to cook, you can't bear to look at one more zucchini recipe and you're wondering if a plate of tomato sandwiches constitutes an acceptable family dinner. Well, you're more than welcome to serve those tomato sandwiches (because they ARE, in fact, delicious), but may we suggest a few side dishes to pair with the meal?

Casey Barber

These quick and easy recipes only need three ingredients to shine — paired with the oil, salt, and pepper already in your pantry, you're less than a half hour away from a well-rounded meal! Someone else can be in charge of popsicles for dessert.

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Double Sesame Greens

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Casey Barber is a freelance food writer, photographer, and recipe developer, the editor of the online magazine Good. Food. Stories, and the author of Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food and Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand Name Treats.