Side Dish

Appetizer, Recipes, Side Dish

Bean Dip

This recipe was given to me by a friend.  It’s great to bring to football parties. Ingredients: 2 cans chipotle refried beans 1 block 1/3 fat cream cheese, softened 8 oz. plain non-fat Greek yogurt 8 oz. Mexican blend, cheddar, or monterey jack cheese hot sauce to taste Directions: Mix together the beans, cream cheese, […]

Recipes, Side Dish

Campfire Corn

I love camping. I love taking a few days to unplug, to hang out in nature, and to eat delicious, campfire-cooked foods. This corn on the cob is no exception. It’s one of the simplest recipes I’ve ever made, and it’s fantastic. Ingredients: Fresh corn in its husk (unshucked) Directions: Make your campfire. Set the […]

Recipes, Side Dish

Cheater Roasted Acorn Squash with Goat Cheese

There’s nothing like roasted acorn squash to get you ready for the tastes of fall. When I have time, I like to roast acorn squash. But on a Monday night after a long day of work, I don’t have almost an hour to wait on the oven. I cheat sometimes. Microwaving the squash before broiling […]

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Cranberry Balsamic Sautéed Kale

In the fall, I like to get my tastebuds ready for Thanksgiving. When I think of fall and Thanksgiving, I think of cranberries, roasted meat, and all sorts of squash and pumpkin. My go-t0 fall dinner party meal includes butternut squash risotto, roasted pork chops and this cranberry balsamic braised kale. This kale dish has […]

Recipes, Side Dish

Individual Squash & Brie Gratins

Mom came home yesterday with 5 pattypan squash and a few other goodies from a local produce stand. The lady at the stand mentioned to her that she could core the squash, make a squash casserole filling, and bake it. So for dinner tonight, I’m making a twist on the vague instructions from our produce […]

Recipes, Side Dish

Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This recipe can be adapted in a number of ways.  It’s super-easy to make into a vegan side dish for your veggie-loving friends.  You can use regular worcestershire sauce, vegan worcestershire sauce, a combination of balsamic vinegar and soy sauce, or any other tart, salty drizzle to go with the mustard in the sauce. While […]

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Pumpkin Chili Cornbread

Sometimes I cheat and use boxed baking mixes.  Sue me.  This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious.  I found it online a while ago and then had to hunt around online for it today.  Thus, it is reposted here. Pumpkin Chili Cornbread (Original Recipe) Makes 24 mini-muffins Ingredients 1 8.5 box jiffy corn muffin mix […]

Recipes, Side Dish, Whole30

Quick Keto-Friendly Curried Cauliflower

The boyfriend and I are flirting with the ketogenic diet. It’s super low carb, moderate protein, and high fat. He has a two week headstart on me. It’s worked really well for him so far. I started eating keto yesterday. So far, I had a hiccup when I left my cheese stick snacks at home […]

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Quick Sauteed Beets

I love roasted beets. I also love quick meals. Sometimes after a long day of work, I don’t want to spend all night in the kitchen cooking. Instead, I’ve learned a little cheat for veggies that I would usually roast. I microwave them and then either finish them with a broiler, kitchen torch, or sautéed […]

Recipes, Side Dish

Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa 2 cups water or vegetable broth or chicken broth 1 package mushroom 1/2 red onion 1 yellow bell pepper 1 tomato 1 bag spinach and arugula black pepper juice of 1 lemon splash of balsamic vinegar Make the quinoa with the water/broth.  Saute the mushrooms, onion, and bell pepper.  Mix everything in […]

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Red Cabbage, Carrot & Cilantro Slaw

Red Cabbage, Carrot & Cilantro Slaw Serves at least 10 Ingredients: 1/2 head red cabbage, shredded 4 carrots, shredded 1/2 bunch cilantro with stems, roughly chopped 1/3 cup rice vinegar 2 tsp toasted sesame oil 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp sriracha 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper Directions: Shred cabbage and carrots. Chop cilantro. […]

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Stephanie’s Broccoli Salad

Every year for Easter, one of our neighbors always makes this tasty broccoli salad. Since I couldn’t be home for Easter this year, she was kind enough to share the recipe. I hope you like it as much as I do! Stephanie’s Broccoli Salad 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup sugar 2 Tbsp apple cider or […]

Entree, Recipes, Side Dish

Stuffed Eggplant

Here’s the stuffed eggplant I made last night. It was in the realm of comfort food, not too flavorful. Its taste was very reminiscent of stuffing. Next time I’m going to have to do something to give it a punch. 1 eggplant 1/2 red onion, finely chopped 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, […]

Recipes, Side Dish, Whole30

Tomato Salad

I’m a fan of easy recipes. I especially love recipes that are just as tasty dressed up to take to a potluck as they are dressed down in my lunchbox for work. This tomato salad recipe fits the criteria. I like to use a small heirloom tomato blend for the salad. I like the color of […]

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Wheat Berry Kale and Carrot Salad

I’ve been gardening throughout the pandemic as a way to stay busy at home and reduce my need to go grocery shopping. There have been lots of trials and errors, and now I’m hitting my stride where things are growing really well. Who knew that eggplants and peppers can be perennials here in the Phoenix […]