make up a big batch of pasta salad, the stuff lasts like a week if there's no mayo in it. boil whole wheat pasta, drain and rinse in cold water. chop up carrots, celery, mushrooms, white and green onion, and whatever other raw veggies you want to try. add some fresh ground pepper and mrs. dash if you have it, or other favourite seasoning (i use oregano and basil), and either oil & vinegar or balsamic vinegrette, or even italian dressing. or any dressing really, next time i want to try sundried tomato.
it fares well in the fridge, after a few days the mushrooms turn the pasta funny colour but it's not gone bad trust me. store it in a tupperware container so when you go to dish some out you can flip it upside down and shake to get the dressing back to the top. good side dish anyway
you can also make a bean salad, i have one recipe from www.fatfree.com
fiesta corn salad
1 pound package frozen corn
15 1/2 ounces kidney beans drained and rinsed
1/2 cup salsa (use mild)
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (you could use dried or skip it and use oregano)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin (i'd skip this, it gives it a spicy kick the kids may not like)
just toss it all in a bowl. makes 8 (1/2 cup) servings
both of these would go good as sides with a bean loaf. a friend of mine made a lentil loaf once that was really good. you could probably find a similar recipe easily enough. not sure if Kreeli's site has it or not www.veganmania.com
but you could also check www.catteacorner.com/recipes
also as a side for myself if i'm in a hurry, rather than cook veggies i'll often just slice up some cucumber and tomatoes with salt and pepper and a handful of baby carrots.
at the moment all my other ideas are fried stuff and that's not really gonna help in the weight loss
but i might post more later if i think of anything else.