Sometimes a delicious side dish can be difficult to come up with. That’s when I reach for these yummy Crunchy popcorn veggies. Everyone in our house loves these veggies so they are becoming quite a frequent item in my meal planning.

Tonight we are having “Baked Fish with Lemon Cream Sauce” from over at Recipe Tin Eats. Click for recipe. (Note: with this fish recipe I lightly coated my fish with Plain flour before putting them in the baking dish. It makes the sauce thicker…..just so you know.) I like this website because Nagi uses lots of pantry staples (and she’s in Australia so the ingredients are easy for me to find and the measurements are metric). Go check her out (but look at these veggies first!).

Baken fish with popcorn veggies

The baked fish will be the hero of tonight’s meal, but I reckon these veggies might give it a run for it’s money!

Here is how I make our Crunchy popcorn veggies:

Crunchy popcorn veggies

Crunchy popcorn veggies


  • 1/2 a cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • enough chunks of carrot and/or pumpkin for your family
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme or oregano, finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
  2. Cook veggies until just tender (either in microwave or in boiling water or steamer on stove top).
  3. Drain well.
  4. Transfer veggies to a large bowl.
  5. Stir in the egg (add a second egg if you are using lots of extra carrots & pumpkin).
  6. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan, paprika and herbs.
  7. Add the herbs to the veggies and toss to coat well.
  8. Arrange the mixture in a single layer on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  9. Spray well with olive oil spray. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Bake, turning occasionally, for 30 mins or until veggies are golden brown and crisp.
  11. Serve warm.

Of course the quantity of veggies I have included above are not exact.  You can use the type and amount of veggies that suit you and your family.

This recipe is a keeper. It even makes sausages taste special!

So when you already have the hero of a dish in mind (the roast or the chicken or the fish) and you don’t want to serve up boring steamed vegetables yet again (but you don’t want a time-consuming recipe either), whip our this little gem of a recipe and give them something different. I can guarantee that your family will ask you about the veggies! They are good!

Popcorn vegetables

Let me know how you go with this one. Also, if you have a great side dish, share it in the comments! I’d love to hear about your favourite side dishes.

Trina xx

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