Side Dish Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Maple and Harissa Roasted Carrots

  It's an Autumn Saturday morning in Chicago. As I sit here and type this, I've already seen the weather go from dark and cold, to windy and pouring rain. Now, its slightly breezy and a lovely 70 degrees F and sunshine. Why am I telling you this? Well, for one thing, my fiance is… Continue reading Maple and Harissa Roasted Carrots

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Crock Pot Recipes, Side Dish Recipes

Crock Pot Skinny Mashed Potatoes

  I realize it's been been some time since my last post.  I apologize for all the grief and anxiety that you've no doubt been suffering from due to this absence.  So, accept my apology, dry your tears, and let's get goin' again.  Game on! I'm reminded of a wise passage I once read on… Continue reading Crock Pot Skinny Mashed Potatoes

Side Dish Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian Recipes

Crispy Asian Brussels Sprouts

  I get it. Telling you "Asian roasted Brussels sprouts are the perfect bar food snack" makes me sound like a food snob.  But if you're reading this, you're either already a food snob, or you're on the road to becoming one.  So let's embrace both our inner food snobbery, and this fantastically delicious and… Continue reading Crispy Asian Brussels Sprouts

Salads, Side Dish Recipes

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Pecorino

  I've eaten this salad three days in a row.  Here's why. Unique texture, delicious taste, and high levels of vitamins and nutrients.  You know I love versatility in dish, especially in a salad. I am, indeed, a salad girl.  It's easy to be when cheese and bacon are involved, right?   Well, it's just… Continue reading Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Pecorino

Side Dish Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

  Zucchini noodles (aka "zoodles") are healthy, light, and delicious.  Another plus, the gorgeous presentation these luscious strands of goodness make. I use a vegetable spiral slicer or julienne peeler to make zoodles.  If you don't have one of these "fancy" kitchen tools, use a box grater or cut zucchini by hand into small strips,… Continue reading Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

Salads, Side Dish Recipes

Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing

  The classic wedge salad is making a comeback.  The revolution is happening in your kitchen.  Not a steakhouse. Believe it. A hunk of super crisp iceberg lettuce soaked in creamy homemade ranch dressing and topped with crispy bacon, scallions, tomatoes, crumbly blue cheese, and freshly cracked black pepper.  It may not be the healthiest… Continue reading Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing

Side Dish Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes and Feta

  I enjoy Spring cleaning. Yup. I'm one of those people. If you cringe at that thought ... well, I declare you unorganized!  But, you're still allowed to enjoy this spring dish. I know a "less than 20 minute meal" has become a cliche/semi-marketing term, but it applies here. So, take a break from the… Continue reading Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes and Feta