Category Archives: Side Dish

Red Cabbage Feta and Candied Almond Slaw

Red cabbage feta and candied almond slawYes, that is right.  We are making slaw with cheese and nuts today.  This red cabbage feta and candied almond slaw is almost more like a salad.  It has a sharp and savory vinaigrette like a salad, but the red cabbage really eats more like a slaw.  Whether you think it should be called a slaw or a salad is up to you.  Once you try this recipe, you will be hooked!  Continue reading

Beer Battered String Bean Fries

Beer Battered String Bean FriesLast week I was poking around on my pinterest account finding and sharing ideas for recipes.  I came across a recipe for crunchy green bean fries that were coated in panko bread crumbs.  In the past, I have tried something similar with asparagus, and it’s not so easy.  Panko does not stick well to skinny vegetables, but it sticks very well to your fingers!  When I picked up my CSA this week and saw that I had string beans to use, I just knew I had to try and make a fantastic fries recipe!  The seasoning is just right on these beer battered string bean fries! Continue reading

Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop Sauce

Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop SauceIf you have been a reader for very long, you have probably picked up on the fact that I love to eat smoked foods.  Which is sort-of different for someone that doesn’t eat meat (besides fish anyway).  I put this smoked tofu recipe into lots of dishes.  I love smoked trout, and use it in everything from salads, dip, sushi, and savory pancakes.  Well, here is another food I like to put on the smoker.  Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop Sauce will blow your socks off! Continue reading

Garlic Lemon Roasted Broccoli

Garlic Lemon Roasted Broccoli

In my quest to eat healthy foods, I have realized how important a healthy and delicious vegetable side dish can be.  Side salads were once a favorite of mine, with a quick homemade vinaigrette.  However, most lettuces don’t have the nutrition and fiber content that we look for in vegetables.  Chopped salads with lots of veggies are time consuming for a simple side.  This garlic lemon roasted broccoli dish is simple, delicious, and healthy! Continue reading

Quick Frijoles Negros (Black Beans)

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I am an obsessive meal planner.  For most people, meal planning is a chore, something you don’t like to do.  For me, it’s the opposite.  Dreaming up recipes to use up ingredients, and finding recipes that overlap in ingredients is like a scavenger hunt.  I look forward to my weekly meal planning time. Continue reading

Dijon Thyme Roasted Cabbage

Dijon Thyme Roasted Cabbage
Cabbage is still in season, and going on sale in preparation for St. Patricks Day.  Cabbage is enjoyed in America over St. Patties day because it was inexpensive for Irish immigrants to purchase.  Because it doesn’t cost much, it is a staple in my kitchen all winter long. Cabbage lasts for a long time in the fridge, it is versatile, and so healthy! This Dijon thyme roasted cabbage is an easy side to put together for quick dinners. Continue reading

Whole Wheat Naan Bread

Stack of Whole wheat naan

This recipe was inspired by my standard I can make that! attitude.  The local Indian restaurant makes delicious naan, and I just had to have some at home for when we make curry.  You can find naan at the grocery store, but it is just not the same as fresh.  We can’t have curry at home without whipping up a batch of this delicious naan! Continue reading

Apple Date Chutney

Apple date chutney ingredients

Chutney is a great way to add a huge layer of flavor to a dish or recipe.  If you are unfamiliar, it is a condiment or side dish traditionally used with many Indian dishes.  Most are made with fruit, vinegar, and spices.  This combination of sweet, acidity, and spice pairs well with almost any dish! Continue reading

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

It’s finally November.  I have been reluctant this fall to get into the season.  However, Thanksgiving is on its way and it’s time to start testing recipes!  This recipe is a simple side dish that will do for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Roasted potatoes are easy and delicious.  Adding rosemary adds a fresh element that works well with all your holiday dishes!

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Homemade Refried Beans

Refried beans are a simple staple that go into many recipes.  Have you ever tried making homemade?  You’ll be surprised at how simple it really is.  And how good!  I grew up with homemade refried beans, so the canned variety was never good enough.  A lot of canned refried beans are not vegetarian either, and neither was my moms recipe, but that is the great thing about making homemade!  You get to choose what goes into your food.

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