Side Dishes

  • Up-Beet Salsa & A Great Cause

    Happy Saturday! Meet my remarkable friend Amanda. Amanda is really special to our family because she was between jobs when I first met her and became our nanny for a couple of years. My children adore their honorary aunt and she has supported me in multiple aspects. Amanda is a native Charlottean and is immensely talented as a [...]

  • Roasted Vegetables 101

    Roasted vegetables have become a staple in our household and swayed my children as well as myself to eat certain previous untouchables. Suddenly, thinly sliced eggplant makes for delicious, smoky chips and cauliflower tastes like popcorn. Broccoli is addictive and onions are less pungent. The natural moisture that evaporates in the oven brings out a sweeter, [...]

  • Thanksgiving Edition: Cranberry Pecan Maple Scalloped Sweet Potatoes & Parsnips

    All of the traditional Thanksgiving colors are reflected in this unique twist on sweet potato casserole. I know some families are also pretty split on a sweet versus savory version. The creamy scalloped version, smoky paprika, and salt please the latter and the maple syrup and cranberries provide just enough sweetness for the former. The [...]

  • Thanksgiving Edition: Dijon Rubbed Garlicky Roasted Whole Cauliflower

    Feast your eyes and carve into this beauty. There is something grand and elegant about an entire head of cauliflower golden and speckled. Carving into it is fun too! The cauliflower absorbs the herbs, olive oil, and spices well making every bite delicious. Although it is baked for over an hour at high heat, it [...]

  • Thanksgiving Edition: Chimichurri Drizzled Sizzled Acorn Squash

    Thanksgiving is only about 10 days away! I plan on giving you ideas for healthy, tasty, plant based options to keep your tastebuds happy, keep the infammation down, your waistline slimmer, energy level more stable, and satisfy both vegetarian non-veg guests alike. Whether you call these fries or wedges or use them in as your next taco [...]

  • Spaghetti Squash Peperonata & Pearled Couscous Vegetable Pilaf

    We all enjoyed both dishes but initially I made the spaghetti squash for the adults and the couscous for the kids. Although the recipes are very simple, they turned out unique and delicious. We ate up the rest of the stew too and it complemented both! First, I want to talk about spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash can [...]

  • Any Way You Want It Tofu Scramble

    I woke up on this Saturday morning with what has become my usual groan this week as I peered out the window at streets that are beyond covered in wet leaves. It has rained every single day this past week and the forecast is calling for more. My moods are definitely affected by the weather and [...]

  • Chile Rellenos And Mexican Cauliflower “Rice”

    I have been receiving so many request for cauliflower rice and finally have the recipe to share with you! I paired it with one of my favorite Mexican dishes, chile rellenos. Chile rellenos are stuffed poblano peppers that are normally dipped in a batter and deep fried before getting smothered in a zesty sauce. This [...]

  • Baked Potato Night Done Right

    O is for October and all things orange as far as I'm concerned! The beautiful leaves changing, pumpkins, carrots, sweet potatoes...mmmm. Can you believe how many years I spent microwave "baking" my russets and sweets whenever we had baked potato night? Until a few weeks ago, when my sister served baked-in-the-oven potatoes with the skins [...]

  • Spinach Feta Pan Fried Mediterranean Polenta Cakes & More

    (Polenta cakes served with goat cheese, roasted veggies and hot sauce.) Polenta, which originated in Europe, is similar to grits as both are made from stoneground corn. The type of corn for each varies as does the coarser texture of the cornmeal used to make polenta. I consider polenta to be a great vessel for [...]

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