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Category: Side Dishes

Sesame Beets and Sweets
[ 0 ] September 4, 2014

Sesame Beets and Sweets

A recent trip to the farmer’s market yielded a bunch of beautiful little beets, already trimmed. OK, that’s half the battle. The messier half is peeling those little suckers. My kitchen looks like a slaughterhouse after I get done peeling a batch of beets but it’s totally worth it. I love the combination of beets […]

Green Bean Stir Fry with Edamame
[ 0 ] August 28, 2014

Green Bean Stir Fry with Edamame

As a child green beans were very low on my list of “acceptable” green vegetables.  As an adult, I can’t get enough of them, especially the thin, tender hericot verts fresh from the summer garden. Edamame on the other hand is completely new to me.  I have had it as a hummus and simply as […]

Twenty One (Awesome) Cookout Recipes!
[ 0 ] July 2, 2014

Twenty One (Awesome) Cookout Recipes!

This was originally published last year – but it’s definitely worth a second look! So many perfectly healthy and delicious recipes for your July 4th cookout, right here! Click on the photos for the recipes! ************ Happy Independence Day, everyone! We hope you’re having a lovely day with family and friends, enjoying good company and […]

Italian Buttered Rice (Two Ways)
[ 0 ] June 3, 2014

Italian Buttered Rice (Two Ways)

  My mom has made Italian Buttered Rice for every family gathering for just about as long as I can remember. Even though it has mushrooms (only about half of my family likes mushrooms) it was always a big hit and always expected. It was so popular with the family that my niece made it […]

Easy Canned Pickled Beets
[ 1 ] March 27, 2014

Easy Canned Pickled Beets

Growing your own beets is really easy to do, even if you only have a small space.  They can be grown in containers on your sunny patio or your raised vegetable beds.  It is best to harvest beets when they are about 2-2 1/2 inches in diameter.  They can get tough if they get too […]

Lemon Garlic Roasted Cauliflower
[ 1 ] March 24, 2014

Lemon Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

Sometimes it’s hard to believe how different kid can be. My youngest son has a terrible sweet tooth. If it’s got sugar he is all over it! My oldest son however is the opposite. He’s the baby who would pick up lemon wedges and suck on them. I thought maybe he would outgrow it but […]

Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Pancetta
[ 0 ] March 19, 2014

Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Pancetta

There’s an older Saturday Night Live Skit. Dana Carvey is in it, along with Phil Hartman and Sigourney Weaver. Carvey is a pop singer, Hartman and Weaver,  music execs. Carvey, trying to write a hit, sits at the piano. He starts singing. Hesitantly at first, and then, with passion. What’s he singing about? Choppin’ broccoli. […]

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
[ 0 ] March 6, 2014

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Growing up, my mom had one “recipe” that always made me and my sister eat our vegetables. It was a really simple pasta salad that she made to use up bits and pieces of vegetables left in the refrigerator. Even though it had plenty of vegetables, it also had lots of noodles, cheese, and Italian […]

Garlic & Ginger Bok Choy
[ 0 ] March 4, 2014

Garlic & Ginger Bok Choy

Bok choy is one  of those vegetables I rarely pick up when I’m out shopping. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. I am usually reminded of this love when I have Chinese takeout and get the ‘mixed vegetable’ – which is usually carrots, broccoli and bok choy. Then I say to myself ‘Self? We […]

Super Easy Roasted Cauliflower
[ 1 ] February 27, 2014

Super Easy Roasted Cauliflower

I have been on a vegetable roasting kick lately.  I have mostly roasted root vegetables, and then I tried roasting some cauliflower florets and they came out with a lovely caramelized coating and were tender on the inside.  I was hooked!  Here is my latest recipe, using crispy kale and toasted pine nuts.  You can […]