Category: Side Dishes

Collard Greens and Caramelized Onions

Nutritionally, collards are a goldmine.  According to the USDA Composition of Foods, collard greens outrank broccoli, spinach, and mustard greens in nutritional value.  A cancer-fighting vegetable along with kale and broccoli, collard greens are low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, calcium, and B vitamins, I mean, the vitamin that is left […]

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Hominy Among Friends

NOBODY, and I mean, NOBODY! has made a hominy recipe taste this AWESOME! Hot or cold, this arrangement of hominy, green chilies, cilantro and tomatoes with chipotle peppers is very hard to stop eating.  I read through so MANY hominy recipes that all seemed to be lacking in color and bright flavors.  So, I went […]

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Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes

A delicious combination of cauliflower and potatoes along with a fragrant blend of spices make up this traditional Indian dish otherwise known as Aloo Gobi. Here in New York City, I get to experience the wonderful flavors of Indian cuisine at least once a week. My co-workers and I venture out for Indian food for […]

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Oven Roasted Home Fries with Onions

Making oven roasted home fries with onions ROCKS! The other day, I just had a few Yukon Gold spuds and a purple onion to work with.  It wasn’t my usual combination, but sometimes I just gotta work with what I have on hand, right?  That’s usually when most of us make our best meals. I […]

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Fried Okra Recipe

Oooo wee!  WE LOVE FRIED OKRA!!! I’m not talking about those frozen bags you find in the grocery store.  I mean, FRESH FRIED OKRA.  Crispy, corny, salty outside.  Soft, green, sweet inside.  I’m drooling just looking at the picture.  Aren’t you? Quality handbags can be so hard to find nowadays, so I was really glad […]

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Fried Green Tomatoes

It’s not right to live through Summer without eating at least one batch of Fried Green Tomatoes. I believe it’s a Southern sin. Now generally speaking, I seem to remember that eating fried green tomatoes was something we did at the end of the last harvest. Some tomato plants can be pushed to produce a […]

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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes and Onions

Oven roasted vegetables are so delicious and easy to serve. No matter what it is, as long as the oven is hot, there’s good olive oil on hand and you season it with plenty of coarse salt and fresh ground pepper…you cannot go wrong. HERE’S A GREAT VEGGIE COMBO red potatoes, cut into 1 inch […]

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Homecooked Purple Hull Peas

Fresh Purple Hull Peas are hard to come by around these parts. If you ever run across someone who grows them, I highly suggest that you get chummy with them. Purple hull peas are very filling served on top of rice for a light lunch. They are usually eaten as a side veggie with a […]

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Chickpeas and Veggie Medley

Ok, I know I’ve already done a recipe with chickpeas this week. But come ON! Who eats something different every night of the week? that lives on a reasonable budget? that hates to throw out good food? I’m calling this recipe “vegetable medley”, because it’s better than “leftover vegetables from the frig that need to […]

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Homecooked Mashed Potatoes

There’s always enough time to make home cooked mashed potatoes. And I don’t care who you are or what diet your on…they’re good eats and they should be eaten at least once a week! My Memaw always simmered her spuds with chopped onions mixed in the pot. Mmm, mmm, that’s the way to do it […]

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Roasted Yellow Squash

Yellow squash would have to be my second favorite vegetable. Steamed, baked, or roasted, it’s good anytime. A full bag of small crook neck squash fell into my lap this week. “YEAH!!!” My first thought was bake it up my usual way, which is how I get my kids to eat it. But they looked […]

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Spinach Lovers Pie

I’ve always made spinach quiche, but never a spinach pie. This is attempt number one, and I’ll tell ya right now, you will see more versions of it in the future. Spinach is my MOST FAVORITE vegetable of all time. If my family would let me, I would serve it every other day. THIS IS […]

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Gouda Cheese & Macaroni

A simple, easy recipe that makes the perfect comfort meal. This meal was inspired by two very fun bloggers I happen to admire, Chef John at FoodWishes.com and Mimi at 1700 Miles of Cooking. Cheese sauces are a challenge for me. I haven’t perfected the balance of a creamy texture that tastes light. I’ve almost […]

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Quick Carrots

Have you ever cooked a pot roast in a slow cooker and forgotten to throw in the vegetables?  I do it EVERY TIME!  I've done it for so long that I have evolved to cooking the carrots in the microwave in the meat broth.  And no one, not family, not other good cooks, not me, […]

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Leftover Potatoes and Broccoli

Sometimes there’s too much of one leftover.  Do you get that occasionally?  Last week’s party left us with a bit too much mashed potatoes to eat.  I started our nights of leftovers with this recipe.  It’s so super simple, I almost didn’t post it.  However, it was tasty, comforting, nutritious, and my kids ate it […]

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