So, your cooking dinner and you have your entree figured out, but you just can’t figure out what side item(s). Grabbing your favorite seasoning blend (cough, cough) is an easy way to make a boring side item great!

You can have fun and get creative and blend blends, try all the ones you have and even buy new ones too!

Just prepare your sides in a simple way and add seasoning.

If you are still trying to figure how to cook the sides here are a few ideas.

SNAP PEAS – see what I did there…

  1. Remove the stem end and string from each snap pea pod.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large  pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add snap peas and seasoning. Then, sauté  for 3 to 5 minutes tossing occasionally. Look for the peas to be crisp and tender.
  4. Serve on a dish and lightly sprinkle seasoning on top.



  1. Get 2-4 red and yellow bell peppers, depending how many people you are feeding, and cut out the top middle, de-seed, and slice top to bottom in strips about 1/4 of an inch wide.
  2. Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a pan.
  3. Toss peppers with olive oil and Pates Seasoning. Use just enough oil to let the seasoning adhere to the peppers.
  4. Cook until the peppers are to your liking.



  1. Peel carrots and then slice in 1/4 inch rounds.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil , then the carrots, and stir to coat.
  3. Add your favorite seasoning (I suggest Dirty South) and cook for about 5 minutes, till they start to golden.
  4. Then add 2-3 tablespoons of butter, let butter melt and toss to coat.

* You may also experiment with adding a little brown sugar if you haven’t sworn off sugar… It think it’s delectable with the Dirty South.



  1. Heat oven to 400, Trim bottom of brussels sprouts, slice each in half (top to bottom). Heat oil in cast-iron Skillet over medium-high heat, put sprouts cut side down in one layer in the pan, Sprinkle with Pates Seasoning. I suggest Pates Original.
  2. Cook for 5-7 minutes, and transfer to oven. Roast about 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. Taste, and add more seasoning if you like. Finish with red wine vinegar, it’s yummy!