Category: Side Dishes

Pasta with Creamy White Beans

This pasta dish is courtesy of chef Giada De Laurentiis. You can use any pasta you have on hand, but one that can capture the sauce is best. By smashing a few of the beans while the sauce is simmering you will begin the makings of a beautiful creamy sauce. Add cheese of choice and …

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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is something I grew up thinking only came out of a can and it wasn’t very tasty to me. It wasn’t until my mother in law made it fresh with ingredients like oranges, nuts, and spices that I questioned what was really in that can! I have now made a couple of versions, …

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Crispy Oven Fried Garlic Mushrooms

These oven fried mushrooms will surprise you with just how delicious they are. This “shake and bake” style mushroom is coated with a nutty flour of ground almond and sunflower seeds with garlic powder, salt paprika, parsley and parmesan cheese for seasoning. To make things even easier, you can prepare this mixture ahead of time. …

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Walnut Orzo Pilaf

Next time you prepare orzo, take it in a new direction with thyme, cranberries, pecans, and green onions. Thyme is not my favorite herb, so I reduce the amount I add, and I enjoy this dish. This is a quick and simple dish great for busy weeknights, or a dish you could serve to guests …

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Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad

Want a quick but elegant and delicious side salad? Look no farther, this spinach salad only takes minutes to prepare. A simple bed of spinach with toasted almonds and dried cranberries tossed with an amazing dressing that completely makes this salad. This recipe is for a larger salad, but very easy only to prepare half. …

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Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad

Israeli couscous looks like little pearls, and it’s made from semolina or wheat flour. It has a slightly chewy texture, similar to barley, and because it is toasted, it has a slightly savory flavor. This dish makes getting dinner served quick and easy by grilling your veggies along with your chicken, steak, pork or fish, …

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Cheesy Cauliflower and Broccoli Bake

This easy side dish of cauliflower, broccoli and a delicious cheese sauce can also become a main dish by adding either cooked chicken or ham. Pimientos and Dijon mustard are added to a traditional cheese sauce, and panko bread crumbs tossed in butter are sprinkled on top of the casserole. Since this is a large …

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Roasted Cabbage with Onion Dijon Sauce

Roasted cabbage slices drizzled with an onion-Dijon sauce are quick, simple and delicious. If you’ve never roasted cabbage this could be a game changer for you. Roasting vegetables brings a different taste and texture to them with caramelization and crispy edges. Add a complimentary sauce of butter, onion, Dijon and garlic and you have a …

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Peas with Mushrooms

The holidays are here and you will need a super simple side dish to go with your delicious feast. This is a very simple way to jazz up plain old peas by adding mushrooms, water chestnuts and soy sauce. If you don’t eat soy sauce, I used coconut aminos and salt to taste. Enjoy! 2 …

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Honey-Roasted Carrots

Even though these carrots are a quick dish, I tend to only serve them when the weather is cooler, because they cook at 500 degrees. Nobody wants to be in a hot kitchen in the middle of summer! Baby carrots work great in this dish, but if you can’t find them just halve the larger …

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