Category: side dishes

Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower is not my favorite vegetable. My husband LOVES it, but to me it’s really boring. I mean, it’s white. That’s just weird for a vegetable.

I picked up a head of cauliflower the other day in an effort to expand my horizons. I figured I’d try that cauliflower pizza crust or some such thing, but wound up deciding to just roast it to go along with some chicken thighs.  It was actually really delicious and I’m looking forward to making it again. Who knew roasting cauliflower would convert me to a cauli-lover?

roasted cauliflower

 

Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Toss cauliflower florets in olive oil.
  3. Combine breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and salt in a bowl, and add the oiled cauliflower. Toss to coat.
  4. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread the cauliflower out in one layer. Drizzle with more olive oil, if you roll like that (I do!).
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or so until the cauliflower is tender and slightly browned.
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Green Stuff

I know, it looks disgusting. But this is one of my very favorite holiday side dishes. I don’t know what the official name of it is, but we’ve always called it “Green Stuff” in our house.

The best part of this dish, is how easy it is. Two ingredients, mix, heat.  Done. It’s mushy and yummy and warm and comforting.  And now I want to make some!

 

Green Stuff

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes frozen Stouffers spinach souffle (in red box)
  • 2 boxes frozen Green Giant Broccoli in Cheese Sauce.

Instructions

  1. Defrost both boxes (to be safe, do this in the refrigerator overnight) and then mix both of them together. Transfer to a medium casserole dish.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees until it starts to look smooth on top, about 45 min.
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Herbed Green Beans (CSA Friday)

Great CSA haul this week!  The apples are enormous and the squash makes a perfect table centerpiece (until I cook ‘em, of course).  We got what’s probably the last of the green beans, and I looked up a recipe on the McCormick website since I’d just spent time at their facility and was really impressed with their use of herbs and spices to kick up the flavor of veggies.  I’m a plain veggie gal, I’ll be honest.  Sometimes I’ll add butter and/or salt, but that’s it.

So when I tried this recipe for Herbed Green Beans, I wasn’t sure how I’d like it but figured I’d give it a shot.  Let me just tell you that I threw my ideas for dinner out the window, and ate a large bowl of green beans.  THAT’S how good it was.  For reals.

I stayed fairly true to the recipe as it’s written, but I took the lazy way and microwaved the green beans instead, and then just sort of eyeballed the additions, since I didn’t feel like pulling out the scale to see how much I had.

Herbed Green Beans from McCormick

Ingredients

  • **Recipe from McCormick**
  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring beans and water to cover to boil in medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low; simmer 4 to 6 minutes or until tender-crisp. Drain. Return beans to saucepan.
  2. Toss with vinegar, oil, rosemary, thyme, sea salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through.
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Roasted Delicata Squash (CSA Friday)

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I’m loving all these apples and pears these days.  Maybe I’ll make a small pot of butternut squash and apple soup this week.  Have any good recipes?  As for last week’s delicata squash, I roasted them with some salt, pepper and brown sugar.  The recipe I saw had you slather them in butter first but I forgot, which is just as well since I’m trying to lose some weight.  They were still yummy, though.  But before I get to the recipe, here’s our loot this week.

You should see the stash of potatoes I have right now.  Good thing they keep for months!

Roasted Delicata Squash

Ingredients

  • 3 delicata squash
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash your squash and slice in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to remove the seeds and strings from the middle of the squash
  3. Cut each half lengthwise again to make "boats."
  4. Salt and pepper each boat generously, and then sprinkle brown sugar evenly over all the slices.
  5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and lay the squash out, leaving a little space in between each one so they can breathe.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until squash is tender (Use a fork to poke it. The fork shouldn't meet any resistance.).
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The Best Potato Salad

I know, it doesn’t look like much.  But this potato salad is my very favorite.  My husband’s family makes an amazing potato salad that I attempted to recreate without actually having the recipe, and I did a pretty decent job, if I do say so myself.

It’s tangy, and creamy, and a little bit sweet from the relish.  A perfect side dish for some barbeque chicken or hot dogs.

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The Best Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 5 large red potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 3 Tbsp sweet relish
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooked bacon, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Boil potatoes until soft. Let cool completely by running under cold water.
  2. Combine all ingredients. If you like a mushier potato salad, try using a potato masher to give it a little smoosh.
  3. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  4. Garnish with bacon, if desired, right before serving.
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